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2015 State APA MN Planners Conference in Bemidji MN, September 23 -25, 2015

2015 STATE APA MN PLANNERS CONFERENCE – The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA MN) is pleased to announce the 2015 Planners Conference in Bemidji, MN. The conference will take place on September 23 -25, 2015 at the Sanford Center.

CONFERENCE THEME – 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.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the Request for Proposals process for presenters at the conference has been opened. This year there are three (3) RFPs: one for standard conference sessions, one for speed planning sessions, and one for mobile tours. The three (3) RFPs are posted on the conference website at www.plannersconference.com. The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, March 23, 2015.
The Conference Planning Committee welcomes diverse and compelling proposals for sessions at this year’s conference. The committee has specifically targeted the following subject areas as topics of interest and would like to have sessions related to each:
• Natural Resources Planning
• The Planning Office of the Future – Community engagement, professional development, training for planners and executives/leaders
• Strengthening Local Economies
• Public Health and Greening Communities – Health equity and prevention, active living, healthy food access
• Planning for Diverse Populations – Cultural and ethnic diversity, demographic changes, community aging
• Multimodal Transportation Planning – Design, funding, implementing, and measuring effectiveness of transportation, including TOD, parking, freight, and community impacts

More information about the conference and proposal submissions can be found at www.plannersconference.com. Please contact Ashley Ver Burg (Ashley.VerBurg@kimley-horn.com | 651-643-0432) or Mike Richardson (mike.richardson@ci.stpaul.mn.us | 651-266-6621) with questions.

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