American Planning Association
Since its inception in 1978, the American Planning Association (APA) has been the professional and educational association devoted to making great communities. Through APA, planning professionals can obtain nationwide certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, which nearly half of Kimley-Horn’s Professional Planning Team has achieved. For over a decade, Kimley-Horn has been an active participant in the organization’s annual National Planning Conference, sharing innovative presentations and collaborating with peers to gain insight and discuss best practices to help communities thrive in an ever-changing world. 

2024 APA National Planning Conference


Melissa DuMond, AICP 

Danielle McCray, P.E. 


Modernizing Transit Through an Equity Lens 

May 1, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Equity planning on a broad scale is launching all over the United States in response the development of a collective social conscience and the need to address equity in decision-making. Virginia passed legislation creating opportunity to change policy and funding. This presentation will delve into strategies developed with 39 transit agencies, the public and rider focus groups and advocacy groups in Virginia, as well as best practices from around the country.  

Presenters explain how they devised this statewide assessment to determine the state of transit and identify best approaches to service, safety, infrastructure, technology, and engagement. They share transit executives’ comments about the challenges of program shifts, describe competitive funding metrics that lead to preference for systems serving urban populations, and identify policy changes that would facilitate just distribution of benefits. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn about Virginia’s equitable approach to study, make decisions about, and modernize its transit system. 
  • Define equity in the context of Virginia’s transit-systems modernization. 
  • Understand measures that were used to determine equity and the state of each of the study’s six topic areas. 

Helen Schuda


Your Spot or Mine? Small-town Parking and Identity

April 13th, 2024 | 4:30pm – 5:00pm CT

Nestled on the shore of Lake Superior, Bayfield is no ordinary 600-person town. Learn how we navigated tense local conversations to develop a parking plan that raises needed revenue, supports mobility and economic development goals, and preserves what people love.

Brian Smalkoski, P.E., AICP, PTP, PTOE


Mentorship Programs - Traditional Training Is Not Enough

April 15th, 2024 | 11:00am – 11:20am CT

Traditional training programs for staff development can fall short in firms or agencies. Learn how Kimley-Horn’s mentorship program has changed and improved over the last five years to maximize its effectiveness. The mentorship program is tailored to each individual to respond in real time to their current needs in their professional setting.

Kevin Tilbury, AICP


Warehouses to Homes: Design, Data, Dialogue Advancing Equity

May 10th, 2024 | 12:30pm – 1:15pm CT

Washington, DC’s historically industrial New York Avenue corridor is on the cusp of an exciting transition to a diverse, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood. Learn how the Office of Planning is applying design and data to spark dialogue about preparing for transformation.


Kimley-Horn Presenters

Carroll Collins & Uday Khambhammettu & Katie Rogers
Speakers: Preparing for climate change through resilient planning to maintain accessibility and mission readiness for the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Air Force Base.
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Kimley-Horn Presenters

Melissa DuMond, AICP  & Danielle McCray, P.E.
Modernizing Transit Through an Equity Lens
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Michael Iswalt, AICP 
SANDAG’s 5-Big-Moves: San Diego’s Bold New Transportation Plan
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Beth Bartz, AICP 
Having Difficult Conversations in the Workplace 
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Stephanie Ellsworth
From Ideation to Intervention Through Design
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