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.
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites
DoubleTree by Hilton
Country Inn and Suites
Breakfast for conference attendees will be provided at all 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.
Program Committee Co-Chairs
Mobile Tours Committee Chair
Awards Committee Chair
American Planning Association Minnesota
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