/ Frequently Asked questions

 
IMPORTANT WORKSHOP POLICIES
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 or transfer a ticket, please contact Martina James, martina@bellatrixcg.com

COVID-19 Policy

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 Workshop, you are assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. The Federal Planning Division will not be liable for any real or perceived exposure to COVID-19 or other transmitted conditions.

Masking

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 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 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 Training Workshop.

After FPD

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

TICKETS

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 San Diego US 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 hotel. Links to Workshop Registration will be provided here in early Spring 2023. ​

How do I make hotel accommodations?

In order to secure per diem rates for federal members and discounted confernece rates for non-federal members. hotel accommodations should be made no later than April 26, 2023, Reservations made after this date are subject to the availability of the hotel and their current rates.​ Please call the hotel directly at and ask for the Federal Planning Division room block.

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 workshop options.

What qualifies me for the student rate?

By registering for this rate, you are certifying that you are currently enrolled full-time or recently graduated in 2023 Spring semester.​

What qualifies me for the young professional rate?

You are within the first five years of working as a practicing planner. You will be asked to confirm the number of years of your employment when you register.

What qualifies me for the speaker rate?

This rate is available to those individuals who are presenters in one of the workshop sessions.​

REGISTRATION

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

Please register each person individually and be sure to 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.

 

Please register each person individually and choose MANUAL PAYMENT at checkout. Please contact Workshop Staff, martina@bellatrixcg.com, for an invoice for the total of tickets purchased. That invoice can be paid by check or credit card. IMPORTANT - Please indicate the first and last names of each person you registered in your email.

What if I am registering one or more people and then passing my registration on to be paid with a Government Payment Card?

Please register and select MANUAL PAYMENT. If registering MORE THAN ONE PERSON - COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS.

Once you have completed that process, please request an invoice for payment from Workshop Support Staff, martina@bellatrixcg.com 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.

 

What happens if I need to cancel my registration?

Please contact Martina James at martina@bellatrixcg.com immediatelyPlease note, you will be charged an administrative fee per the Cancellation Policy.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

A full refund will be issued until April 26 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 Martina James at martina@bellatrixcg.com directly to do so.

What is the last day to register for the conference?

​Tickets are available through the duration of the conference.

PAYMENT

What are payment options?

You can pay online with a credit card or pay by check. 

The Federal Planning Division is working with APA Virginia as a workshop partner. All checks should be made payable to, APA Virginia. Please indicate 2023 FPD Workshop on the memo line. 

All checks can be mailed to: 

APA Virginia 

Attn: 2023 FPD Workshop  

24 East Cary Street, Suite 100 

Richmond, Virginia 23219

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.

What if I am paying for more than one attendee?

Please contact Workshop Support Staff, Martina James, Martina@bellatrixcg.com, if you would like to pay via invoice. Payment must be received before the conference.

 

Do you accept payments by check?

Yes. The Federal Planning Division is working with APA Virginia as a workshop partner. All checks should be made payable to, APA Virginia. Please indicate 2023 FPD Workshop on the memo line. 

All checks can be mailed to: 

APA Virginia 

Attn: 2023 FPD Workshop  

24 East Cary Street, Suite 100 

Richmond, Virginia 23219

OTHER QUESTIONS

What are your COVID protocols?

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID in any public space and exposure is possible despite following all recommended guidelines. As such, we are requiring all attendees to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status, while indoors on hotel property during the conference. By attending the APA Federal Planning Division Annual Training Workshop, you are assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. The Federal Planning Division will not be liable for any real or perceived exposure to COVID-19 or other transmitted conditions.
 

There will not be a virtual ticket option. 

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.

contact

Elizabeth Perales, AICP, LEED AP

2023 FPD Workshop Chair

fpdworkshopchair@gmail.com