Welcome to the 2015 APA Minnesota State Conference. The 2015 conference will be held at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota from September 23rd to 25th.

The conference theme is Heading North: Crossing the Currents of Planning. The conference theme focuses on advancing Minnesota - paying tribute to the efforts to reposition the state as the North, instead of the Midwest - and reflects the host community's location and role as a regional center in northern Minnesota. Bemidji is derived from an Ojibwe phrase meaning flowing through or across. In one respect, the "Crossing Currents" theme reflects the local community heritage; but in a larger context, the theme reflects the currents of planning - sustainability, resiliency, innovation, healthy living, the new economy, and demographic changes. This year's conference will focus on how these currents flow through every aspect of planning today, just as the nearby Mississippi River begins its journey by flowing north.

The Conference Committee is very excited about all of the events and sessions that have been planned. Two keynote speakers, 16 speed sessions, 53 general sessions, 7 mobile tours -- all this will be available at the annual conference from September 23-25 at the beautiful Sanford Center in Bemidji. While relaxing on the shores of Lake Bemidji and surrounded by the beauty of the north woods (and the infamous Paul and Babe statues), you can take advantage of hiking, biking on the Bemidji Nice Ride bikes, boating, and running during the seven mobile tours and the annual 5k run. You may even want to stay an extra day or two to enjoy the amenities of the area with friends or family, including the Mississippi Headwaters at Itasca State Park.

Registration will open on the website on August 1st, and a draft copy of the conference brochure will be available at that time.

APA MN has rooms reserved at three hotels in Bemidji for the conference. To take advantage of the group rates, please book your rooms by the dates below and mention the APA MN conference rate at the time of reservation.

Hampton Inn & Suites
1019 Paul Bunyan Drive S.E., Bemidji MN 56601
APA MN Rate $119/night. Breakfast included.
Reservations must be made by August 12, 2015 to receive the special room rate.

DoubleTree by Hilton
115 Lakeshore Drive, Bemidji MN 56601
APA MN Rate $119/night. Breakfast included if reservation made through APA MN package.
Reservations must be made by August 12, 2015 to receive the special room rate.

Country Inn and Suites
927 Lake Shore Drive Bemidji MN 56601
APA MN rate $99/night or $119/night. Breakfast included.
Reservations must be made by August 23, 2015 to receive the special rate.

Breakfast for conference attendees will be provided at all three of the hotels and is included as part of the lodging packing. No breakfast will be served at the conference. Parking is available at all hotels and the Sanford Center at no cost. As always, we encourage attendees to carpool to Bemidji. Also, bikes will be available for quick transportation.

Conference Co-Chairs
Kristina Nesse

Jeff Thomson

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Mike Richardson

Ashley Ver Burg

Mobile Tours Committee Chair
Andrew Mack

Awards Committee Chair
Lyssa Leitner



American Planning Association Minnesota

9288 Beverly Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472

phone: 1-888-882-5369 (toll free)
e-mail: registration@plannersconference.com