A Message from MPCA President, Danny Winborne
The 39th annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conference, Planning for Challenges on the Horizon, was an even greater success than we could have imagined!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was MPCA’s first in-person conference since 2019. While we enjoyed the 2020 and 2021 virtual versions, there is nothing like gathering in one place and sharing the joy, frustration, and sense of accomplishment that is citizen planning.
The MPCA Executive Committee sincerely thanks our distinguished guest speakers: Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner; Frederick City Mayor Michael O’Connor; Frederick City Planning Commission Chair Barbara Nicklas; Secretary of Planning Robert McCord; and Keynote Speaker Eli Glazier, Transportation Planner Coordinator for the Montgomery County Planning Department.
The Executive Committee also extends its thanks to the many session panelists, tour leaders, sponsors (Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association, Rodgers Consulting, Maryland Department of Planning, and Commuter Choice Maryland), conference attendees, the staff of the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, and most importantly, to our wonderful hosts from the City and County of Frederick.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the MPCA’s first in-person conference since 2019. We enjoyed the 2020 and 2021 virtual versions, but there is nothing like gathering in one place and sharing the joy, frustration, and sense of accomplishment that citizen planning brings all of us.
We are currently finalizing recordings from Day Two of the conference and will share a conference website with attendees and the public very soon. As for next year’s conference, our 40th annual, stay tuned! More information will be coming soon.
The MPCA has a strong and dedicated membership, and I am honored to be the President of such a vibrant organization!