What are the emerging trends and challenges in the 21st century and how can planners be best positioned to lead and innovate as we move forward to prepare our communities for growth and change? With changing demographics, fluctuating political landscape, shifting consumer preferences, outdated governance structures and new demands for water and energy what’s the new role for the planning profession? This lecture will offer insights into these challenges and ideas as to what planners should do next.
Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, is president of the American Planning Association (APA). Mr. Silver is also the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina, and an award-winning planner with over 27 years of experience in the public and private sectors in New York City, Washington, D.C and Raleigh. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues.
Known to his colleagues as a creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell has been at the center of cutting edge trends, innovative solutions, and visionary plans. As planning director in Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process to create a vibrant 21st-century city with a modern transit system, great streets, great places and great neighborhoods. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the City’s Development Code.
Mr. Silver is a contributing editor and author of ICMA’s “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice.” Mr. Silver’s work and commentary has been featured in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Atlantic Cities, Planning Magazine, the Triangle Business Journal, the Urban Times, Crain’s Business Journal, BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR).