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.


Online applications are currently open and will be accepted until June 30,2022.

2022 Partners and Sponsors

  • Capital District Transportation Authority
  • Capital District Transportation Committee
  • University at Albany Geography and Planning Department
  • Geography and Planning Student Association
  • BlueLight Development Group
  • The Future of Small Cities Institute
  • Pitney Meadows Community Farm
  • City of Troy
  • City of Saratoga Springs
  • Upstate NY American Planning Association Chapter

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!