The Alumni Association of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (DCRP) held a planning symposium and its first annual business meeting from February 5-7, 1988, at the Carolina Inn. The symposium featured alumni and student presentations on current professional topics. Discussion topics included: state initiatives in economic development and technological policy; professional ethics; planning for large scale institutions; information systems; and planning education. In addition, alumni offered students informal job counseling sessions and scheduled interviews for permanent and summer employment. Jesse White, Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, delivered the keynote address (reproduced in this issue) on the future of economic development in the South.