Future Leaders in Planning

About the Future Leaders in Planning Program

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC)’s leadership development program for high school students in the Capital Region.  FLIP is a program where high school students learn about issues which shape our region and think of solutions with other students from the surrounding counties.  Participants meet and interact with selected regional leaders who make key planning decisions in our communities.

2022 FLIP Program Details

FLIP 2022 will take place August 8-12 (Monday-Friday),and be held at University at Albany’s ETEC Building (Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex ETEC). The week’s program will provide an exposure to the diverse fields such as:

  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Community Engagement
  • Economic/Business Development
  • Local food production and access

FLIP brochure 2022

FLIP is perfect for students that are interested in one or all of the topic areas, like to learn and engage in new things, are comfortable in different situations, and are up for a different type of summer fun!  Since this is a summer program there will be numerous outdoor activities, interactive experiences, and transit use from site to site including utilizing CDTA’s bike share program.

This year we will be able to accept 30 students from around the region. We will provide every consideration of your participation within this year’s program. In addition to the qualities listed above, we are looking to accept a cross-section of students into the program that represent the Capital Region, and strive to work with individual school districts or others to eliminate any potential barriers to selected students from attending the program.

Detailed itinerary 2022

Monday, August 8
9:00 AM – Meet at ETEC Building
9:00-10:00AM – Introduction to Planning and layout of planning themes- Kate Maynard, AICP, CDRPC
10:00-11:00AM – Planner survey and icebreakers, Amanda Diaz, CDRPC
11:00-11:15AM – Break
11:15-12:15 PM
Mock development proposal meeting, Group A
Campus planner tour of UAlbany, Geography and Planning Faculty and Students, Group B
12:15-1:00 PM – LUNCH
1:00-2:00 PM
Mock development proposal meeting, Group B
Campus planner tour of UAlbany, Geography and Planning Faculty and Students, Group A

Tuesday, August 9
9:00 AM – Meet at ETEC, CDTA bus trip to Troy
9:30-12:00 PM – FOCUS Lab
Troy Planning context,
Dylan Turek, City of Troy, Economic Development
Climate resilience in cities, Reif Larsen, Future of Small Cities Institute
Tour Troy Waterfront, hands-on activity
12:00-12:45 PM – LUNCH
12:45-2:00 PM – Site visit for student project, Dylan Turek, City of Troy Economic Development
2:00 PM – Departure to ETEC

Wednesday, August 10
8:45 AM- Meet at ETEC, CDTA bus trip to Albany Pine Bush Preserve
9:15-10:45 AM – Tour of Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Jacqueline Citriniti
10:45-11:05 AM – CDTA bus trip to South End
11:15-12:45 PM – Food accessibility, 3-D software, and drone technology in planning, Travon Jackson, Bluelight Development Group
12:45-1:00 PM – CDTA Bus trip to ETEC
1:15-2:30 PM Lunch and project group work

Thursday, August 11
8:45 AM – Meet at ETEC, CDTA bus ride to Saratoga Springs
9:45-10:45 AM – Downtown walking tour, Susan Barden, City of Saratoga Springs
10:45-11:15 – Scavenger hunt
11:15-11:45 Mobility in the Capital Region, Carm Basile, CDTA & lunch in Congress Park
11:45-12:15 PM – Bikeshare ride to Pitney Meadows
12:15-1:45 PM – Interactive activity and presentation from Pitney Meadows
1:45-2:00 PM – CDTA Bus trip to solar array
2:00-2:30 PM – Solar array tour and discussion, speaker TBD
2:30-3:30 PM – CDTA bus trip to ETEC

Friday, August 12
9:00-10:15 AM – Student Work on Projects
10:30-10:45 AM – Break
10:45-12:00 PM – Student Presentations and Community Panel
Students will present and receive feedback from local planners and community members
12:00-12:30 PM – Program close
12:30-1:15 PM – Lunch

2019 FLIP Recap

CDRPC’s pilot program connects high school students with opportunities and challenges in Planning for the Capital District.  FLIP 2019 had a successful, very engaging week in collaboration with the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Early College Program. Students engaged with leaders in Regional Planning on topics such as:

  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Economic Development
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Open Space Conservation

2019 Visits

  • Albany Pine Bush
  • Global Foundries
  • Brookfield Renewables Hydropower facility
  • Pitney Meadows Community Farm

Check out the 2019 program brochure here     

Thank You to Our 2019 Partners!