2017 State APA Minnesota Planners Conference

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA MN) is pleased to announce the 2017 Minnesota Planners Conference in Mankato, MN. The conference will take place on September 27-29, 2017, at the Verizon Wireless Convention Center.

CONFERENCE THEME - The 2017 Conference Theme is Around the Bend: What's Next for Planning. Planning is inherently about the future and the unforeseen opportunities and challenges it presents. As changes in politics, demographics, and environment create uncertainty, planners need to be able to adapt and develop innovative solutions.

In this year's theme we are striving to understand changes in our community as we identify new and innovative planning tools and techniques. Mankato embodies planning's tradition of adaptation and innovation through carefully planned revitalization. Please join us in Mankato and share your unique experiences, perspectives, and challenges. We also welcome our interdisciplinary partners in the field - architects, developers, elected officials, engineers, public health, and community advocates (to name a few). Finally, we extend a special invitation to the planners of the future - planning students and young professionals.

The program committee is seeking a broad range of sessions covering a diversity of presentation types and planning topics. The firm deadline for the proposals to be submitted will be March 31, 2017, with no extensions. We encourage all presenters to include the theme of the conference in their sessions and in their titles. Presentations that clearly address how the theme will be discussed during the session will be given preference.

Please use the links above to access the RFPs. If you have any questions about the forms, please contact: Stephanie Rouse at stephrouse21@gmail.com or Corrin Wendell at corrin.wendell@metc.state.mn.us for General Sessions and Speed Sessions. Contact Matt Lassonde at matthewla@bolton-menk.com or Angie Bersaw at angiebe@bolton-menk.com for Mobile Tours.

Minnesota Planning Awards

The Annual APA-Minnesota Chapter Planning Awards offer a great opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and people who have contributed to the planning profession. The awards will be given at the Planners Conference in Mankato, MN on September 27-29, 2017. The 2017 Conference Awards Committee is excited to introduce a new award category this year - Around the Bend: Response to Change. The award coordinates with this year's Conference theme, "Around the Bend: What's Next for Planning", and will recognize projects that have utilized deliberate strategies to respond and adapt to changes in the planning climate. We'll also recognize projects in the following categories:

  • Innovation in Planning
  • Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Partnerships in Planning
  • Success Stories in Implementation
  • Planning in Content
  • Outstanding Student Project
  • Gunnar Isberg Scholarship Award

The pdf details each category, including the judging criteria. Submissions for the planning award categories are due by 5pm on May 5, 2017, and student project and scholarship submissions are due by 5pm on June 2, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Falkers at sfalkers@srfconsulting.com.


American Planning Association Minnesota

9288 Beverly Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472

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