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 awards committee is accepting nominations for the annual APA-Minnesota Chapter planning awards. The nomination deadline is May 15, 2015, except for outstanding student project and Gunnar Isberg Scholarship nominations are due June 1, 2015.

The RFP for presentations at the conference has been closed. Applicants will be notified by the end of May regarding proposals that were submitted for general conference sessions, speed planning sessions, and mobile tours.

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