NNECAPA Chapter Conference, 2018

 

DEFINING RESILIENCY FOR NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND

Point Lookout, Northport, Maine

October 25th & 26th

Re·sil·ience  noun. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

 

The Maine Association of Planners (MAP) is pleased to announce that it is hosting the 2018 Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association’s annual conference at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on October 25th and 26th.  This year’s conference is titled Defining Resiliency for Northern New England, and will seek to expand our definition of community resilience to encompass not just environmental change, but other land use, economic, political, and technological change.  This year’s conference will be an opportunity to discuss current planning topics and issues, while considering new planning approaches and how planners can adapt more quickly to rapid and often unpredictable change.

This year’s conference kicks off with our keynote speaker and nationally known folk singer and author Dar Williams, speaking about her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns.  Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker.  In her book, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food.  Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

Also featured in combination with the NNECAPA conference is a special 50th Anniversary celebration for the Maine Association of Planners on Wednesday, October 24th.  This evening event will be a lobster bake at Point Lookout, with special presentations on MAP’s history as well as some songs by our conference keynote speaker, Dar Williams!


Registrations

Conference registrations are expected to open starting in June.  Notices will be posted on the NNECAPA and MAP listservs once that is available.


Overnight Accommodations

This year’s NNECAPA conference (October 24-25) is planned to be a relaxed environment for learning, networking and celebration!  Lookout Point is a beautiful campus retreat center and, with exception of the mobile workshops, everything will be right there!  Housing is not a traditional hotel room option; instead, housing is on-site cabins with kitchenettes, porches, living rooms and bedrooms.  Please start now to coordinate your cabins with your colleagues!

http://www.visitpointlookout.com/

Although reservations on the website are available online, to get the discounted NNECAPA rate, you must reserve your cabin by calling Point Lookout and tell them you are with the NNECAPA conference!  We negotiated reasonable rates, and sharing cabins will make it that much more affordable!

 


Keynote Speaker

Dar Williams (Thursday morning)

What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities, One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time

A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America’s small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

Here, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

Dar Williams has released ten studio albums and authored four books, including her latest What I Found in a Thousand Towns.  Known as much for her staunch progressive ideas as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ‘90s.  Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others.

What I Found in a Thousand Towns is more than a love letter to America’s small towns, it’s a deeply personal and hopeful message about the potential of America’s lively and resilient communities.

Join us at the 2018 NNECAPA Conference and hear for yourself what planners can learn from this inspirational author and songwriter and her experiences across our country!


Conference Schedule Overview

The draft conference program agenda is here!  The listed times and content are subject to change (though not anticipated to change much).  Descriptions and information on the sessions and tracks will be available in June, concurrent with opening online registrations.


 

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