The OKI Regional Planning Conference is a bi-annual meeting conducted by the American Planning Association’s Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana chapters.  The OKI Conference provides invaluable professional development and networking opportunities for land use planners, as well as engineers, attorneys, local officials and developers.  This year’s event is scheduled for September 28, 29, and 30 and will be a hybrid conference, with in-person sessions taking place in Louisville at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, as well as online sessions available to the virtual audience.

The theme for the 2022 OKI Conference is “Explore Your Planning Superpowers.” Planners have spent the last two years reacting and responding to the challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic, and are very much in need of a recharge. The theme is a playful reminder that planners are special - super if you will - and our Planning Superpowers must be enhanced in order to continue to make our communities great places to live, work and play during these times of continuing uncertainty.

These planning superpowers include:

Marriott Louisville Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
September 28-30, 2022
Thank you to our sponsors.
The success of this conference is dependent on the support of our great sponsors. Much thanks to the following organizations for support the 2022 OKI Regional Planning Conference.
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Conference Updates
The teams from the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana APA Chapters are hard at work building this conference.  Check back here for the latest news and opportunities as they emerge.  
Sponsorship Opportunities 
Posted March 2022
The success of this conference is dependent on your support!  By participating as a sponsor, you will be recognized as a leader focused on improving the quality of life for our region while helping bring top minds together to advance the planning profession.

We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000. All sponsorships provide a unique opportunity to highlight a company, with the higher dollar value sponsorships providing exclusive, highly visible promotional opportunities. All sponsor logos/names will be listed under their sponsorship levels on signs posted during the events as well as on the official conference website.

Download our sponsorship information packet to learn more.

Any questions on sponsorship can be directed to Brian Howard at [email protected] or 270-687-8917.
Preliminary Program Now Available!
POSTED August 8, 2022
The 2022 OKI Regional Planning Conference Preliminary Program is now available for viewing/downloading.  The program contains all the information you can possibly need for the most anticipated planning event of 2022: registration info, session overviews, sponsor shout outs, extracurricular info, etc.

Click Here for the Preliminary Program!

Feel free to email Brian Davis at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in Louisville this September!
Don't miss out.
Registration is now open.

Louisville, KY
The responsibility (and pleasure) of hosting the OKI Regional Planning Conference rotates between the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana chapters.  This year, we are excited to be having this conference in historic downtown Louisville.  

The event will be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown at 280 West Jefferson Street in Louisville, KY 40202.
Group Hotel Room Rate: $192 + taxes/fees.  
Click here to book with the group rate.  Reservations must be made on or before August 29th. 

Parking is available in the Marriott's attached garage, as well as additional nearby parking options.  For more information, please go to
Download latest full preliminary program here, or access the abbreviated agenda below.

Wednesday Schedule
September 28, 2022

The OKI Regional Planning Conference has three exciting pre-conference activities with local flavor for anyone who wants to come visit some Louisville attractions and earn a few extra continuing education credits.  Space is limited, so be sure to register for these activities soon!
|   12:00-5:00 pm
PreConference Event: Day at the Downs
Churchill Downs is home to the most famous two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, which has been held annually since 1875.  The Fall Meet will be in session, so planners will get to watch some of the country’s finest thoroughbreds race beneath the Twin Spires.  While there, representatives from Churchill Downs and Qk4 Engineering & Planning will provide a tour of not only the historic portions of the track, but show some of the creative planning and engineering solutions that have been implemented over the years to allow the racetrack to expand and operate within its boundaries.  More details coming soon.
|   1:00-5:00 pm
PreConference Event: Board & Commission Member Training
This special training session will be geared specifically for board & commission members, local officials, etc. who are interested in learning more about planning as it relates to them.  The session will include four hours of continuing education credit (especially for you Kentucky members looking for KRS 147A training credit).  Topics to include commissioner ethics, meeting tips, how to make good decisions, and more.
|   1:00-5:00 pm
PreConference Event: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop at the Muhammad Ali Center
Born and raised in Louisville, Muhammad Ali was more than just one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time, he was one of the most recognized humans on Earth and a tireless proponent of equal rights.  The Muhammad Ali Center appeals to the heart, spirit, and imagination, and inspires both children and adults to form new commitments in their lives in areas of personal growth, integrity, and respect for others.  Utilizing the legacy and Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality) as guideposts, learners will discover their capacity for creating positive social change, and how they, like Muhammad Ali, can become leaders and change agents in their communities, nations, and the world. More detail coming soon.
|   2:00-4:00 pm
PreConference Event: Rabbit Hole Distillery Tour and Tasting
|   6:00-8:00 pm
OKI Conference Welcome Reception Sponsored by Sabak Wilson & Lingo
Kick off the conference with a little mingling with your fellow planners!  
Join us in the Kentucky Ballroom of the Louisville Marriott Downtown for heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks (two drink tickets per person).

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero...or at least wearing their favorite superhero t-shirt! Take advantage of our props to make some memorable photos at the photo booth! Live music will also be provided for your listening pleasure.
Thursday Schedule
September 29, 2022

Below is the agenda structure.  Please refer to the OKI Preliminary Program or the Whova app for session details, speakers, location, etc.
|   7:00-8:00 am
Breakfast is included in conference registration.
|   8:15-9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Plenary
WELCOME: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will welcome attendees to Louisville and the 2022 OKI Regional Planning Conference.

OPENING KEYNOTE: Gaurav Gupta: Change - How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results Despite Uncertain and Volatile Times. Gaurav Gupta is a Director with Kotter International and co-author of Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results Despite Uncertain and Volatile Times. Change shares the emerging science of change that can teach us much about how to build organizations that are more agile and able to change more rapidly.

Gaurav has a passion for translating strategy into successful implementation and for developing learning-focused teams. He has worked with clients in industries as diverse as food and beverage, oil and energy, healthcare, chemicals, and finance. Gaurav draws on his extensive global (having worked in over 10 countries) and diverse functional experience in collaborating with business leaders to develop and implement effective transformation efforts. Prior to joining Kotter, Gaurav lead the operations for the European office of Stroud International, a management and operations consulting firm. He combines his passion for international development and education in serving as an executive board member for a non-profit, Medic to Medic, that sponsors medical students in Uganda and Malawi. Gaurav holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Middlebury College and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.
|   9:45 am-4:15 pm
Complementary Professional Headshots
Every attending the OKI Regional Planning Conference on Thursday, September 29 will have an opportunity to have a professional headshot taken for free.  Go to THIS LINK to schedule your five minute session now!
|   9:45-11:00 am
Concurrent Sessions 1
Session 1A: Strategies for Managing Your Curb and Off-Street Parking

Session 1B: Ethics for Superheroes: Avoiding Professional Kryptonite

Session 1C: How Ohio’s Town Centers Can Grow Up (Not Out)

Session 1D: Understanding Springdale. Revitalize Springdale. Springdale, Ohio’s $1
Billion Redevelopment Plan

|   11:00-11:20 am
Thursday AM Break Sponsored by Kendig Keast Collaborative
Need a little something to help get you to lunch?  Join your fellow attendees for a cup of coffee or a quick snack.  Thank you to Kendig Keast Collaborative for sponsoring this break!
|   11:20 am -12:35 pm
Concurrent Sessions 2
Session 2A: ADUs & Carriage Houses & Granny Flats - OH MY!

Session 2B: Community Revitalization Through Brownfield Redevelopment - State
and Federal Funding Options

Session 2C: Connecting Communities: The Resilient Impact of Regional Urban
Riverfront Parks

Session 2D:  Planning for Talent: Creating Places Where People Want to Work

Session 2E:  AICP Information Session
|   12:35 - 2:15 pm
Lunch Break
Get out and explore Downtown Louisville and discover why Louisville was named the #1 Foodie City in America by Apartment Advisor.
|   2:15 - 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3
Session 3A: West Side Neighborhood Plan - Paris, KY “No Dump in Our Backyard”

Session 3B: Suder Law Session

Session 3C: Dream Small, Miss Big - The Inspirational Story of Franklin, Ohio

Session 3D: We Landed Intel, Now What?
|   3:30 - 3:50 pm
Thursday PM Break Sponsored by Mindel Scott
Need a little something sweet to give you that spark you need to really focus?  Thank you to Mindel Scott for sponsoring the Thursday PM Break!
|   3:50 - 5:05 pm
Concurrent Sessions 4
Session 4A: Equity, Sustainability and Resiliency in Mobility Planning: Three Case
Studies from Blocks to Regions

Session 4B: What’s Next is Now: Managing Disruption

Session 4C: Beat the Heat: How Two Indiana Communities are Responding to
Extreme Heat

Session 4D: PLAN4Health - Miami Valley: Improving Health Outcomes Through
|   6:00-9:00 pm
OKI Regional Conference Reception Sponsored by AECOM
Tavern on Fourth (427B South Fourth Street) combines traditional elements of a sports tavern with
classic interactive games including: cornhole courts, darts, ping pong, shuffleboard and a billiard lounge. For a break in the action, the second floor balconies overlook Fourth Street Live. Want to exercise your vocal cords? Gather your friends and get up on the stage for some karaoke action! Heavy pub food will be provided along with two drink tickets.
Friday Schedule
September 30, 2022

Below is the agenda structure. Please refer to the OKI Preliminary Program or the Whova app for session details, speakers, location, etc.
|   7:00-8:00 am
Breakfast is included in conference registration.
|   8:15-9:30 am
Concurrent Sessions 5
Session 5A: WE CHOOSE a Choice Neighborhood: A Transformation Plan for West

Session 5B: Working with Elected Officials - Navigating Politics and Ethical Dilemmas

Session 5C: Is it Just Me? Reflections on Public Discontent in the Planning Process

Session 5D: Say What? How Do You Complete a Land Use & Zoning Study in 15 Months?
|   9:40-10:55 am
Concurrent Sessions 6
Session 6A: Introducing Diversity and Inclusion into Planning

Session 6B: Innovate and Collaborate: Strategies for a Successful Multi-Scaled Planning Effort

Session 6C: Downtown Frankfort: Emerging from the Shadows of the State
Government Complex

Session 6D: Steering the Steering Committee: Spurring the Planning Process to Get Along
|   10:55-11:15 am
Friday AM Break Sponsored by Gresham Smith
How about a little something to tide you over until the Keynote Luncheon?  Thank you to Gresham Smith for sponsoring the Friday AM Break!
|   11:15 am -12:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 7
Session 7A: It Takes All: Successful Zoning Reform Starts with Collaboration

Session 7B: Sign Codes: Recent Court Cases & Best Practices

Session 7C: Three Fold Accountability: Resident-First Planning Guided by Intentional

Session 7D: A River of Opportunity: For People, Eagles and Otters...
|   12:45 - 2:15 pm

Keynote Luncheon Sponsored by AARP Kentucky
KEYNOTE Luncheon: Shannon Guzman: Livable Communities and Age-Friendly Housing Options: A National Perspective on Creating Communities for People of All Ages 
Shannon Guzman is the Director of Housing and Livable Communities with the AARP Public Policy Institute. She is also the deputy of the AARP Enterprise Housing Issue Area, and works on housing and livable communities policy as well as building innovative partnerships with the Housing space. She provides policy analysis and guidance and develops resources to inform community members and assist local decision makers in their efforts to support residents who want to age in place. Guzman has presented on livable communities and housing policy solutions to various audiences across the country and has been quoted in local and national media. She has co-authored publications on housing, community livability, and transportation.

Before joining AARP, Guzman was a senior planner in county government in Maryland. She has experience in international development, film and television and the 401(k) industry. She holds a master’s degree in community planning, a master’s degree in communications, culture and technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.
Virtual Sessions
On Demand

The 2022 OKI Regional Planning Conference Virtual Sessions are listed below. These sessions will be available to those who sign up for the Virtual Conference as well as everyone who signs up for the full in-person conference (each virtual session is worth 1.0 CM). Please refer to the OKI Preliminary Program or the Whova app for session details, speakers, location, etc.
|   On Demand
Session V1: Small-Scale Ideas for Incorporating Trees into Planning

Session V2: The Places We Lived: Planning for Aging Suburbs

Session V3: Patient Planning: Implementation of the Rupp District and Town Branch Commons

Session V4: An Engaging Conversation on Public Participation

Session V5: From Planning to Doing: Maximizing Equitable Implementation

Session V6: Equity Edits for Local Decision Making
If you can't use your superpowers to contact us, feel free to ask any general questions about the event via email.  We'll get back to you as soon as possible!

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