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. 

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. 
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Michael Iswalt, AICP 


SANDAG's 5-Big-Moves: San Diego's Bold New Transportation Plan

May 1, 2022 | 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM PT

SANDAG’s 5 Big Moves and 2021 Regional Plan are more equitable, ambitious, and transformational than all previous regional planning efforts.

Presenters focus on both the 2021 Regional Plan’s transformative vision and the ongoing, short-term implementation efforts to achieve it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reframe how planners and stakeholders work together to plan and implement innovative regional transportation.
  • Discover concrete examples of data-driven planning for regional Mobility Hubs and Flexible Fleets (including microtransit, micromobility, car-share, and last-mile delivery) for diverse uses.
  • Learn from past San Diego microtransit implementation and current Flexible Fleet pilot planning and implementation.
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Beth Bartz, AICP 


Having Difficult Conversations in the Workplace 

May 3, 2022 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM PT

Having difficult conversations with supervisors, peers, supervisees, clients, and the public can be challenging – primarily addressing your own emotions as well as the emotions of the recipient. This session will present a framework to prepare for, and carry out difficult conversations with an emphasis on accomplishing the goal and preserving – or maybe even improving – the relationship.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Investigate the preparation framework for difficult conversations.
  • Explore the emotional dynamics of workplace conversations with supervisors, peers, staff, clients, and the public.
  • Practice the skills of conducting difficult conversations through role play and interactive improv games.
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Stephanie Ellsworth


From Ideation to Intervention Through Design

May 19, 2022 | 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM PT

Designathons and design challenges— events similar to charettes — involve stakeholders in the planning process and facilitate creative and community-based solutions to local needs.

Learn how to set up a community-based design challenge, call for ideas, and turn ideas into completed projects. See how to overcome time and cost challenges often associated with mobility solutions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Engage students — hard to reach stakeholders who are often left out of the planning process.
  • Develop a process for generating meaningful feedback to address community needs and solve mobility challenges.
  • Incorporate stakeholder feedback to manage strategic investments and address challenges for quick-build projects.


Kimley-Horn Presenters

Doug Gettman, Ph.D.
Workshop: Managing Traffic Management Systems (TMS) Assets and Resources
Lectern Session: Artificial Intelligence in Signal Timing Applications, Tee-Up the Session: AI or Not, Owners Just Want Their Timings Up-to-Date
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Lisa Burgess
Workshop: Managing Traffic Management Systems (TMS) Assets and Resources
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Jacob Farnsworth
Workshop: Safety Performance Decision Making: Advancing Research Through Implementation
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Carlye Lide
Poster Presenter: The Disconnect Between the Practice’s and Community’s View on Transportation Performance
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Dhruva Lahon
Poster Presenter: Case Studies in Performance Based Analysis of Geometric Design, Performance-Based Analysis for Safety Plan and HSIP Project Prioritization
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Kimley-Horn Presenters

Zach DeVeau
Lectern Session Presenter: Sustainability Means What to Your Organization?
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Doug Gettman
Lectern Session Presenter: TRB Research on Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies
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Stacie Phillips
Lectern Session Presenter: Reversing the Superstreet: Flexibility to Innovative Intersection Control
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Nick Jehn
Poster Presenter: Uninterrupted Flow
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Kathy Keegan
Poster Presenter: Pavement Monitoring: Looking to the Future
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Cristina Pastore and Beth Tucker
Poster Presenter: Policy, Politics, and Engagement in Public Transportation
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Alex Weber
Poster Presenter: Innovations in Arterial and Network Traffic Signal Optimization
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Lisa Burgess
Workshop Presenter: What Do Agencies Need to Assess, Plan, and Develop the Next Generation of Traffic Management Systems?
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Kimley-Horn Presenters

Doug Gettman
Examples of Decision Support Systems Used by Traffic Management Systems and TMCs to Actively Manage Traffic
Decision Support Subsystem to Automate Updates to Adaptive Timing Signal Timing Plans
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Lynn Laquinta
Rail Transit Structures: Managing Structures in LRT Mega Projects
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John Kissinger
Righting the Wrong-Way Driver: Generating Mitigration Measures for Wrong-Way Freeway Collisions
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Lucy Richardson
Critical Traffic Signal System Performance Measures to Monitor During Construction
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