Conference Location: 

Waco Convention Center

100 Washington Avenue

Waco, TX  76701

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WHY ATTEND APATX19? Start With Three Great Reasons

1. Move to the Forefront: Join the conversation about current issues, trends, challenges, and solutions that are shaping planning today. Get smarter at sessions and workshops offering the latest and best in professional planning education.

2. Grow Your Network: Grab this chance to boost your career and further your personal and professional goals. Meet old friends, renew acquaintances, and build key relationships.

3. Explore the Waco Area: This isn't your father's Waco. The city's emerging creative scene, largely spurred by the success of HDTV's Fixer Upper, has transformed Historic Downtown Waco into a walkable, bikeable, and vibrant cultural district. Check out Waco's park planning efforts by mountain biking in Cameron Park or kayaking down the Brazos River. Or visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument, created in 2015. Waco and the surrounding area offer intimate looks at all types of planning.


APATX19 | WACO, TX | NOV 6-8, 2019

There are as many reasons to attend APATX's Planning Conference as there are planners. We're highlighting just 10 — five for you, five to help you make the case to your boss, and five for bringing your Commissioners.

Planning keeps changing.

Every year APATX brings together the hottest topics, the latest tools, and the leading voices with something new to say about what matters most to you.


You've arrived — and want the planning world to know.

For students and recent grads, APATX is the best place to build a network of professional contacts, peers, and mentors.


You're ready for a career move.

Whether you're actively job hunting or just scoping out your options, you'll come away loaded with new contacts.


It's time for a fresh look.

With so many sessions to explore, you can dive deeper into your specialty, stretch into different areas, and go home with a whole new outlook.


The state-wide view is amazing.

Engage with people from all over the state who have similar questions to yours — and who may have the answers.

Reasons For


You'll be a more effective employee.

What you learn will help you work smarter, faster, and better.


You'll bring back new ideas.

You'll return with new ideas, solutions, and skills to raise the level of play for your whole team.


You'll make valuable connections.

Conference contacts can be real lifesavers when you face an unexpected challenge.


You'll pick up new tools.

The Exhibit Hall might have the solutions your office has been looking for.

You'll save money ...

... if you register by August 19. Plus you can get APATX's discount at partner hotels.

Reasons For Your Boss

New Elected or Appointed Official Training.

New to the job? No worries, we have the basic training for you.

47th Annual Short Course.

Eight to ten sessions dedicated to planning officials ranging from housing to transportation are offered during the conference.


You're dealing with that too?

Network and learn how other city officials are dealing with the same issues in your community.


Learn the latest trends and laws.

Planning keeps changing. APATX brings the latest tools and hottest topics to you, including changes in land use law.

Hear from state and national planning leaders.

Trainers include chapter and national leaders along with local planners and planning commissioners.

Reasons For Commissioners