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.

2023 FLIP Program

More information on application process will be available in early 2023.

The 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.

2022 FLIP Recap

FLIP had a successful second year, and students from all around the region were able to participate. Here are some of the highlights of the week:

First day: Students started their week at the ETEC building at the University of Albany. 

Second day: Students traveled to Troy, where they visited the FOCUS lab and the Future of Small Cities Institute and toured the Troy waterfront. 

Third day: On Wednesday, students visited the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, the South End neighborhood, and the Bluelight Development Group.

Fourth day: Students visited Saratoga Springs and toured the city’s downtown section. Students also took the bike share ride to Pitney Meadows and visited the solar array.

Fifth day: Students presented their work for the Mock Planning Board meeting. Students were able to receive feedback from local planners and community members.


2022 Partners and Sponsors

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!