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Join us at this all day event that will include speakers and networking activities. Lunch and refreshments included.


The Urban Planning Coalition of San Jose State University is hosting its annual symposium entitled, "Planning in the New Era - Defining Public Private Relationships in Urban Development" This year's symposium will showcase a discussion on innovative solutions to promote city growth, financial sustainability, and quality of public and private services. The event will focus on collaboration-building between the public sector, private sector, and local communities, as their symbiotic relationship will be increasingly important as cities navigate a new landscape of severe fiscal constraints and fundamental demographic shifts.


Saturday, September 29th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Registration starts 10:30 a.m.)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

150 E. San Fernando St. 

San Jose, CA 95112
Second Floor, Room 225/229

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10:30 – Registration and refreshments
11:00 – UPC Welcome and greeting
11:05 – Keynote speech
11:45 – Plenary panelist discussion
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Breakout panel discussion
2:15 – Break
2:25 – Breakout panel discussion
3:10 – Concluding remarks
3:30 – End


  • New Public and Private Relationships in Future Urban Developments
  • Transportation Developments and Projects
  • Mega-project Developments and Cities 
  • Public Private Place-making of Public Space 



  • Keynote: Emily Gabel-Luddy FASLA, Vice-Mayor - City of Burbank
  • Carlos Castellanos, Director of Real Estate - East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
  • Michele DiFrancia, AICP, Principal Planner - HNTB
  • Dr. Scott Lefaver, AICP, President - Cabouchon Properties, LLC
  • Michael Lane - Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Sam Liccardo, Councilmember - City of San Jose
  • Evan Low, Vice-Mayor - City of Campbell
  • Ian Wolfe Ross, Principal - City Design Collective
  • Randy Tsuda, AICP, Community Development Director - City of Mountain View
  • Jessica Zenk, AICP - Silicon Valley Leadership Group 
  • More to be added.
Download the event flyer


  In advance*
 At the door 
 Student $10
 APA member
 General admission 
 $20 $20
* A modest online fee is added to the cost.

Register here for Planning in the New Era: Public-Private Relationships in Urban Development

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

For more information, please contact John Tu at tongjohntu@gmail.com or Danielle Greene at dl.greene@yahoo.com.

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The Current State of Planning: Navigating New Roles and Careers Symposium

Join us at this all day event that will include speakers, networking opportunities, and a job expo. Lunch and refreshments included.


The planning field is dynamically changing in light of the current economic downturn.  Cities around California are dealing with severely constricted budgets and need to think creatively about how to maintain operations in light of the economic shift.   Additionally new federal and state mandates are dictating the way planning ought to happen in our communities.  Given the challenges, planners must actively think about where new opportunities exist.

In this symposium, hosted by the Urban Planning Coalition and the APA California-Northern Section Young Planners Group, we will address what lies in the future for planning and discuss where planners should now seek opportunities to hone their skills and better position themselves for new and emerging careers in the planning profession.  The symposium will feature a series of interactive panel discussions by knowledgeable planning professionals and a small job expo where participants can network with Bay Area planning and design firms.


Saturday, November 5, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Registration starts 10:30 a.m.)

San Jose State University, One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192

SCIENCE BUILDING (Sign In and registration table outside Room 142)

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  • Cutting edge planning skills and emerging fields (e.g., climate action planning, sustainability planning, and so forth)
  • Employment outlook for the planning profession



  • Panama Bartholomy, Deputy Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Division, CA Energy Commission on challenges facing planners
  • John Rahaim, Director of Planning, San Francisco Planning Department, on emerging trends in the planning field
  • Bruce Appleyard, Associate Research Professor, University of Utah, on cutting-edge land-use/transportation research
  • Darcy Kremin, Senior Project Planner, Cardno ENTRIX on effective networking and crucial job skills
  • Darin Dinsmore, CEO of SCS & Crowdbrite, Former Director of Town Planning for The Sierra Business Council
  • Jaime McLeod, Santa Clara City Councilmember, Co-founder of the Santa Clara County Green Building Coalition
  • Among many others

CLICK HERE FOR AN AGENDA | Download the event flyer


Private consulting firms that sponsor the event will be invited to talk about job opportunities.


Register online though Thursday, November 3.  The cost of admission is $3 more on the day of the event.

  In advance*
 At the door
 Student $5
 APA member
 General admission
 $10 $13
* A modest online fee is added to the cost.

Buy tickets for The Current State of Planning: Navigating New Roles and Careers

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

For more information, please contact UPC President Johnasies McGraw at johnasies@theupc.org or Maria Candida Langbauer at mclangbauer@gmail.com.

Check out the recap on the APA February Northern News