Conference Information

2014 APA Upper Midwest Conference, Making Places Great: Embracing the Past and Staging the Future

Mark your calendars now!  The 2014 APA Upper Midwest Conference will be in Iowa this year!  Mason City, IA will host planners from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin “wright here in River City” October 22nd – 24th.  As you might be able to tell from their tagline, Mason City is most prominently known for their many architectural structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and as the home of Meredith Wilson, who composed and wrote the hit Broadway musical “The Music Man,” which was later turned into a movie.  The conference will be held at Music Man Square in Mason City,, which features a replica of the River City streetscape as depicted in the movie.  Yes, planners, we will be sipping on Cokes, while talking to vendors in between conference sessions along this famous streetscape.  If you haven’t already seen the movie (and said streetscape), you may want to check it out before heading to Mason City.  There may be a test on the lyrics of “76 Trombones!”   Mobile workshops will include the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House; a trip to the Rock Crest/Rock Glen neighborhood, the largest collection in the world of prairie style homes in a natural setting; and the Charles City whitewater rafting project. 

Session Proposals are currently being solicited, if you would like to propose a conference session or mobile tour, please complete the forms below and return in MS Word format to David Wilwerding by no later than May 30, 2014.  (Please right click on the following links and save them to your system, then choose to open in Word)

Session Proposal Form

Mobile Tour Proposal Form

If you need lodging, here is a list of hotels in Mason City: 

Located in downtown Mason City (walking distance to Music Man Square)

Historic Park Inn (27 rooms reserved until 9/9) $95
        15 West State St; 641-422-0015

Decker House Bed & Breakfast (5 rooms total – no rooms reserved) $99.00; $115.00
        119 2nd St SE; 641-423-4700

Located a short drive away:

Holiday Inn Express (15 king/15 queen rooms reserved until 10/1) $99.99
        3041 4th St SW; 641-424-5596

Country Inn & Suites (12 king/18 (2) queen rooms reserved until 10/1) $92.99; $95.99
        4082 4th St SW; 641-423-1770

Hope to see you in Mason City!

2014 Upper Midwest Planning Conference Sponsorship:

Sponsorship Letter

Platinum Sponsor Form

Gold Sponsor Form

Silver Sponsor Form


Thank you for Sponsoring the 2014 APA Iowa Annual Conference!




Student Sponsorship

Student Sponsorship Policy