APA Iowa Chapter Board Meeting

Friday, September, 19th, 2014 - Friday, September, 19th, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm

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Midwest Creative College Town Conference

Saturday, September, 20th, 2014 - Saturday, September, 20th, 2014
8:00am - 4:30pm

Description: College towns are changing. We all know the type—the classic college town—places that abound in the Midwest, often at large state universities like the University of Iowa but also at private colleges. College downtowns are becoming centers for coworking space in which business entrepreneurs develop their ideas and network with other small business startups. The result is new businesses that can make college towns centers of economic innovation. Similarly, in college towns non-profit and for-profit cultural startups foster cultural placemaking in which college towns become centers for the creation and enjoyment of the arts. To learn more about the transformation of college towns in the Midwest, the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning invites you to attend the Midwest Creative College Town Conference on Saturday, September 20, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, in the Lehman Ballroom of the hotelVetro in downtown Iowa City. For more information and to register, go to The conference is free and open to the public, but attendees must register. The Conference will feature 18 university, business, and cultural leaders from the Midwest who will discuss ideas to advance economic and cultural transformation for college towns and universities. The benefits of economic growth resulting from new businesses, technology startups, art galleries, musical venues, and design centers will also be examined. Come join us to find out how this is now happening in Midwestern college towns and how it could happen in your community. Certification Maintenance (CM ) credits for those with AICP status are available for this conference. There will be four 90 minute sessions for a total of 6 hours of CM credits. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Pam Butler in advance at (319) 335-0033.

Solar Workshop

Wednesday, September, 24th, 2014 - Wednesday, September, 24th, 2014
1:30pm - 5:00pm

Description: The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a FREE solar workshop at the Des Moines Marriott on September 24th from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Four AICP CM Credits available for attendance. Hear from national and local solar experts about what is happening with solar in Iowa. Learn about developing local solar ordinances, implementing policies to enable solar development, biggest barriers to solar, permitting and interconnection options, planning and zoning for solar, and much more! This workshop is hosted by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) in collaboration with the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. SolarOPs is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities across the United States. Learn more about SolarOPs at In addition to this training, solar trainers will also be available for technical assistance consultations while they are in town. These are free meetings designed to help you understand local policy areas that can encourage or hinder solar development in your community. Meet with the solar trainers to discuss: - Incorporating solar into comprehensive plans - Identifying local solar financing options - Supporting community shared solar projects - Drafting solar development regulations - Streamlining solar permitting processes - Procuring solar energy system for municipal facilities If interested in the consultations, sign up on the event website:

APA Minnesota State Conference

Wednesday, October, 1st, 2014 - Friday, October, 3rd, 2014
8:00am - 1:00pm

Description: APA MN opened registration today for the annual state conference in Duluth on October 1-3, 2014. We encourage you to view the information at this link and to look at the brochure online for information about the sessions and events at the conference. We welcome members from the Iowa Chapter. Follow this link for further information:

ASLA Iowa Chapter Fall Conference

Wednesday, October, 8th, 2014 - Wednesday, October, 8th, 2014
8:00am - 5:00pm


Upper Midwest Conference

Wednesday, October, 22nd, 2014 - Friday, October, 24th, 2014
8:00am - 5:00pm

Description: APA Iowa is excited to announce that registrations are now being accepted for the Upper Midwest APA Planning Conference hosted by APA Iowa in Mason City from October 22nd – 24th, 2014. As you’ll see by the incredible conference agenda available on the APA Iowa website (, this is a conference you won’t want to miss! Some of the conference highlights include: · Keynote Speakers: We are pleased to headline the conference with three phenomenal keynote speakers, Scott Siepker, the Iowa Nice Guy on Wednesday afternoon, Ron Sims, former Deputy Director of HUD at Thursday Lunch and Paul Trombino, Iowa DOT Director at Friday’s lunch. You won’t want to miss any of these inspirational speakers! · Progressive Dinner: On Wednesday evening you can enjoy a taste of Mason City featuring a progressive dinner with stops at three local restaurants – purchase of ticket required for this event. · Reception: On Thursday evening, you can take in the breathtaking renovation of the Historic Park Inn, the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, at the conference reception. · New Professionals: A number of sessions geared toward students and new professionals will be available, including the opportunity to be matched with a conference mentor! · Mobile Tours: Including a Downtown Mason City walking tour, Clear Lake Surf District Tour and a Charles City tour – purchase of ticket required for these events. · Session Tracks: Three session tracks are planned covering Planning in Practice, Health in Planning, and Transportation. See the Conference Registration Packet for the full conference agenda and a listing of all of the incredible speakers. Online registration, with payment by credit card is available"> here. Paper registrations, with payment by check, are also accepted by mailing in the registration form included in the Conference Registration Packet.

APA Iowa Chapter Board Meeting

Friday, November, 21st, 2014 - Friday, November, 21st, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm

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