As the San Diego Section closes 2010 and turns its attention to 2011, the 2010 Conference Committee wants to thank again all of you who helped make the conference a success and who attended the conference. We appreciate your partaking in four days of fun and learning.

Some statistics and highlights from the conference include:

  • 1000+ attendees
  • 100 sessions with first time ever pre-approved CM credit for AICP members
  • 8 hours of sessions exclusively developed for students by CPF and experienced practitioners
  • 17 sessions highlighted as key learning opportunities for Young Planners
  • 15 Young Planners from San Diego staffed the Career Development Center (CDC) booth
  • 18 mentors provided words of wisdom for 30 conference attendees at the CDC
  • 13 planners from 4 sections (San Diego, LA, Orange, and Northern) participated in the after-conference Batiquitos Lagoon Restoration event for 3 hours in 100 degree temperature
  • Spectacular Opening Reception
  • Exceptional culminating Great Water Debate event
  • 65 Pub Crawl participants headed to downtown San Diego for an evening of fun
  • A whopping $29,032 raised for the California Planning Foundation (CPF), a new record despite the difficult economic climate. CPF awarded $49,000 in scholarships this year nearly double the $25,000 awarded in 2005, not to mention we are the only chapter in the nation that does this!
  • And last but not least: 89 degrees average temperature November 1-4!We had 169 AICP members turn in a CM Evaluation Forms at the conference. Responders were overwhelmingly positive about the quality of the sessions provided. There was strong support for the number of Law sessions provided, and even more Ethics sessions were requested for next year. AICP members believed they were able to attend an array of CM pre-approved “credit- worthy”sessionsthathelpedthemadvancetheirprofessionalknowledge.Therewerealsomanyrecommendationsforsessions for next year, including suggestions to continue and expand “The Great California Water Debate” – a well-attended and well- received final-day general session. The 2010 Conference Committee has forwarded all recommendations to the committee working on the 2011 conference in Santa Barbara.The 2010 Conference Committee pushed for an aggressive sustainability initiative that helped advance this increasingly important foundation of planning throughout the conference planning. From an overall theme of the conference program, sessions and keynote speakers to conference logistics and purchasing choices, the planning committee helped continue the trend of “greening” the annual state conference. Some of the biggest accomplishments of this year’s sustainability initiative were the preparation of a formal conference sustainability plan, the elimination of hard copies of conference session materials, lack of single use water bottles at session breaks and the use of locally-grown food in all meals. The sustainability booth served as a resource for conference attendees and captured valuable sustainability ideas for future conference planning committee consideration. At the request of the Conference Committee, the State APA Board voted unanimously to mandate a sustainability plan and prioritize sustainable choices in all future conference planning.

    Thanks again to all that were involved and that attended. San Diego hosted an exceptional conference!