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2016 CNU Florida Summit @ Assembly Hall
Feb 18 – Feb 19 all-day

cnu logoOur agenda includes statewide transportation and development projects presented by State agency representatives, climate change response initiatives from different regions of the state, emerging greenways and trails, new publications by our members, and a Lightning Round session on members’ new projects.

Please join us in Seaside for our annual gathering, an unmatchable opportunity for networking and keeping abreast of new developments in the State, and at CNU national.

A reciprocal agreement with APA Florida invites APA members to register for the CNU Summit at the CNU member rate. 

Register here.

ULI SW Florida Presents Building Thriving Communities: Lee County @ Florida Gulf Coast University, Sudgen Hall Ballroom
Feb 19 @ 7:45 am – 11:00 am

Join the Promised Lands Section of APA Florida and the ULI of  Southwest Florida as we explore the factors contributing to make for thriving local communities and the roles played by residents, businesses, developers and elected officials in helping to create them. We will examine the elements that challenge, and those that make for, successful, vibrant and healthy communities, along with the important role that market factors, entrepreneurship and national emerging trends play.

Keynote speaker and ULI Senior Resident Fellow, Ed McMahon, is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking leading authority on what contributes to the success of communities and their built environments. In his presentation, McMahon will spotlight some examples of successful thriving communities nationally and how those experiences can help guide other communities.
In addition to our keynote presentation this Lee County element of our regional program will focus on the emerging efforts of two local growing municipalities – the City of Bonita Springs and the recently incorporated Village of Estero – in their efforts to encourage successful downtown redevelopment and to lay a foundation for new walkable village center communities. This element of the program will give those attending an opportunity to hear directly from knowledgeable speakers and local officials who will provide local insights on their emerging plans to encourage thriving communities in Estero and Bonita Springs.


Estero Speakers:

-Steven Sarkozy, Estero Village Manager 

-Representative from South Lee Medical Village

Bonita Speakers:

-Carl Schwing, Bonita Springs City Manager
-Paul Benson, EBL Partners, will discuss the Longitude Mixed-Use Project


Come find out what’s new and emerging locally and nationally, and how you can help shape and take advantage of your thriving communities!


There will also be a question and answer session as time allows.
3 AICP/CM credits approved.

Gold Coast Section Monthly Executive Board Meeting @ MIami Center for Architecture and Design
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Gold Coast Section Board meetings

Gold Coast Section Board meetings

All Gold Coast Section members are invited to attend the monthly Executive Board meetings, which generally take place the 1st Saturday of each month, starting at 9:30 am, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Miami.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park Walking Tour @ Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Mar 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Please join the San Felasco Section on March 5th at 10:30 AM for a guided walking tour of the new Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville. The address is 325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL. Please visit for more information.

Parking fees are $5 per car or $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition, the Section is also suggesting a $5 donation to help fund this and other section events.

2016 CI Summit: Innovations in Construction @ Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
Mar 9 – Mar 12 all-day

ci eventThe theme of the 4th Annual Construction Institute Summit is Innovations in Construction. The Summit’s technical program will provide insights on the latest techniques, technologies, and strategies used by owners, engineers, and contractors to manage risk and to successfully deliver their projects.

The technical presentations running on Thursday and Friday will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • management practices for various project delivery methods,
  • technology trends,
  • risk management and mitigation strategies,
  • understanding multi-generational expectations in the workplace, and
  • innovative practices by Disney

The Summit will begin with industry leaders sharing their views on delivering capital programs. On Friday we will hear about one of the largest P3 transportation projects in the country, the Florida DOT I-4 Ultimate Project.

Join us on an in-depth tour of the I-4 Ultimate Project, and the Kennedy Space Center, which includes lunch with an astronaut.

If you desire additional continuing education, the Safety Committee will host two pre-conference workshops on Current Issues in Crane Safety and OSHA Regulations and Other Standards on Wednesday. Each workshop will offer 4 PDHs.

Registration and information here.

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