2017 Conference

manchester, vermont • september 7-8
Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester Village, Vermont 05254

The vision for NNECAPA’s 2017 Annual Conference is to engage with and be inspired by our host community – Manchester, Vermont – and the real-world planning challenges and opportunities it presents. We want to move beyond the four walls of the conference meeting room, turning Manchester into a classroom and laboratory for what is new and innovative in planning. The conference will focus on:

Public Engagement. We will be supporting our host community by participating in a planning charrette and pop-up demonstration, engaging with the community in a planning conversation. Public engagement is one of the most challenging and important aspects of our work. How many of us have had this experience at a public meeting – you had set out to run a fair, inclusive process and instead find yourself presiding over a train wreck in slow motion, and heading home you feel like you were the first victim. Dig deep into how to communicate with the public and how to facilitate productive meetings.
Food Systems. Local food is no longer a fad and it interfaces with many aspects of community planning. Local food is a growing economic sector in rural and small towns across the region, it is a cornerstone of efforts to improve community health, and it is helping to maintain the working landscapes that are one of the defining features of northern New England.
New Technology. Crowd sourcing apps, electronic records, drones, green construction materials – new technology is changing how we do our work. Learn more about how planners can use these new tools and materials effectively and creatively.
Mobile Workshops. We will be heading out into the streets, parking lots, fields and farms of Manchester to examine our three themes in the real world. Learn how Manchester is working to transform its downtown from an auto-oriented outlet retail center into a pedestrian- and bike-friendly four-season destination, explore new technologies and techniques in stormwater management, tour local farms and agritourism destinations, and more…
BYOB. The 2017 Conference will be a BYOB event – bring your own bike, that is! Getting around on two wheels will be a convenient way to explore Manchester and travel between the conference venue and the many conference-related activities that will be occurring around the community. Manchester is a bike-friendly location suitable for cyclists of all types. The Taconic will have a limited number of bicycles available for use by hotel guests and we are working to arrange convenient bike rental if BYOB doesn’t work for you.


To register and find more information about the 2017 NNECAPA Conference go to:




NNECAPA Email: nnecapa@gmail.com

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