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Refund & Transfer Policy 

A full refund will be issued until May 10 with a $25 admin fee. After that date, the administrative fee will be increased to $50. Tickets can be transferred to another attendee until May 10, 2023, without penalty.

To request a refund, use the link to modify your registration in your registration confirmation email. In the event you wish to transfer your registration to a colleague, you can use this the same link to transfer your ticket to another attendee.   

COVID-19 Policy

The FPD will not require vaccinations for in-person conference participants. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID in any public space and exposure is possible despite following all recommended guidelines. By attending the 2023 FPD Annual Training Workshop, you are assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. The FPD will not be liable for any real or perceived exposure to COVID-19 or other transmitted conditions.


Masks will be optional for attendees.

Additional Requirements

If you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms prior to traveling to or while onsite in San Diego, we ask that you not participate in the conference in person.

Before FPD

  • Follow current guidance provided by the CDC and your local health authority.

  • You should not attend the FPD Annual Training Workshop if you are experiencing, or within the 10 days prior to the conference have experienced, symptoms associated with COVID-19. If you do not feel well, protect yourself and others and stay home.

  • You should not attend any event at the FPD Annual Training Workshop if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 5 days prior to the conference.

  • Follow travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you are traveling to and from.

  • Follow guidance from CDC and local health authorities to minimize the spread of viruses. The steps that you should take include:

    • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

    • Sanitize hands regularly throughout the day.

    • Alert Elizabeth Perales, FPD Workshop Chair or venue staff if you feel unwell, start experiencing symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19 in Norfolk during the FPD Annual Training Workshop.

After FPD

If you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after your departure from the FPD Annual Training Workshop, please contact Elizabeth Perales, FPD Workshop Chair immediately.


How do I buy a ticket?​

You will be able to purchase tickets using the Registration Page in early Spring.  

Where will the workshop be held?​

The workshop will be held at The U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. See the Venue page for more details.

How do I attend the workshop?

To attend the workshop, you must first purchase a ticket. Attendees must also make their own hotel accommodations if planning to stay at the workshop venue. Links to Workshop Registration will be provided here in March. ​

How do I make hotel accommodations?

To secure per diem rates for military and government employees and discounted conference rates for regular members, reserve your rooms no later than April 20, 2023. Reservations made after this date are subject to the availability of the hotel and their current rates.​ Please call the hotel directly and ask for the Federal Planning Division room block or go to the Registration page for more details.

How do I go on the mobile tours?​

To participate in the mobile tours, you must first purchase a ticket. Conference mobile tours will take place at different times throughout the conference. More details about the mobile workshops can be found on the Program page.

What qualifies me for the student, speaker or government rate?

By registering for this rate, you are certifying that you are currently enrolled full-time or recently graduated in 2023 Spring semester.​ The speaker​ rate is available to those individuals who are presenters in one of the workshop sessions.​ The government rate is offered to military and federal civilian employees.  


How should I register if I am purchasing tickets for multiple people?

​Please register each person individually and use their email address when completing the registration process. This is imperative, as we use this to communicate with conference attendees before and during the conference.

Due to significant growth in the demand for the Annual Training Workshop, FPD is not able to provide invoices for conference registration. For the 2023 FPD Conference, invoices are only being provided to conference sponsors. In the future, sponsorship payments will also move online.   

What happens if I need to cancel my registration?

​Please contact Adrianne Phillips at immediatelyPlease note, you will be charged an administrative fee per the Cancellation Policy.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

A full refund for conference registration will be issued until May 10 with a $25 admin fee. After that date, the administrative fee will increase to $50.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

​Registration is transferable until May 10. Please contact Adrianne Phillips at to do so.

What is the last day to register for the conference?

​​Tickets are available through the duration of the conference.


What are payment options?

Pay Online

Use a personal credit card or government card to pay for registration online. 


Can government employees obtain invoices for FPD registration (Form 889 and SAM.GOV)?

SAM.GOV and Form 889 are not required for FPD registration. As stated on Form 889, "An 889 Representation is not required for SF-182 Training Purposes." 

Federal members paying for workshop registration with government payment cards (GPC) or personal cards are getting reimbursed. For FPD conference attendees, moving our conference registrations online provides convenient checkout, and a new self-check-in process using CVENT kiosks at The U.S. Grant Hotel. For FPD volunteers, moving registration online reduces the time burden on volunteers before, during and after the conference and streamlines FPD's financial reporting to APA after the conference.  


Pay By Check

All checks should be made payable to APA. Please identify 2023 FPD Workshop on the check memo line and mail payments to:

American Planning Association

Attn: Isabel Fitzsimons
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601-5927

What if I need to pay with a Government Payment Card?

Please register and select MANUAL PAYMENT. Once you have completed that process, please request an invoice for payment from Workshop Support Staff and include the following:

  • Name of attendee or attendees that are being paid for with the Government Payment Card

  • Name and contact information of the individual managing the Government Payment Card for your team.


Will all sessions be certified for AICP CM credits?

​Yes, all sessions will be certified for AICP CM credit.​

**Please check back as FAQ page will be updated continually as needed.


Elizabeth Perales, AICP, LEED AP

2023 FPD Workshop Chair

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