Arnold Cogan will introduce the forum series with a discussion of the challenges likely to be facing planners as they embark on their professional careers. With the October and November forums in particular, we will explore the political, social, economic and philosophical stresses our land use planning practices are undergoing. Mr. Cogan will discuss with forum participants their suggestions for topics they would like to see presented. In addition, we will discuss the other subjects currently under consideration for forums to occur in 2008. Issues currently under consideration include global warming, infrastructure planning, regionalism, social equity and other vital topics.