Conferences and Meetings

Upcoming Events

University of Wisconsin - Extension's:
2019 Teleconference Series

Join us for a series of informative teleconferences put on by the University of Wisconsin - Extension. These timely audio programs for Wisconsin local government officials, attorneys, land use planners and interested citizens begin on January 9, 2019. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Continuing Maintenance (CM), and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation applied for. Participation in live program qualifies for credit. Each 90-minute teleconference is $20 and includes a digital copy of written materials. Visit their website to register and APA to register your CM credits.

APA Chapters and Divisions:
Planning Webcast Series

Earn over 50 CM credits every year on your computer – at no cost to members of participating APA chapters and divisions that support the Planning Webcast Consortium. Sessions take place live on Fridays from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET. 

To see the upcoming AND prior webcast to earn your CM credits, visit their website.

National Adaptation Forum Conference
Madison - April 23-25, 2019

This biennial conference gathering of the climate adaptation community exists so that every community or sector, which are developing and implementing climate adaptation, can learn from each other. The Forum’s mission is to gather the adaptation minded to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. The biennial event started in 2013, has already facilitated connections between more than 2,300 managers, planners, researchers and engaged citizens, so they can all improve their ability to develop and implement equitable climate adaptation strategies. The Forum Program Committee, representing a cross section of adaptation professionals, works to create a program that provides guidance, training resources, lessons learned and tools on climate adaptation.

For more details and to register, visit their website and APA to register your CM credits

Preparing for Autonomous & Connected Vehicles Mini-conference
Fond du Lac - Friday, April 26, 2019

The Preparing our Region for Autonomous & Connected Vehicles mini-conference will provide an introduction to autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles (ACES); examples on how we as a community can embrace for this new technology and small group exercise to generate strategies for moving forward. 

The event is being put on by APA-WI and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (

The Commission is the official comprehensive, area wide planning agency for the ten county East Central Region of Wisconsin including the counties of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Menominee, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. Our staff of planning and technical specialists includes environmental, economic development, open space, land use, housing, community, and transportation planners, as well as Geographic Information Systems staff.

Held at: Hotel Retlaw 1 North Main Street Fond du Lac, WI

Registration is closed. Visit APA to register your CM credits

Wisconsin Economic Development Academy: 
Tax Incremental Financing Fundamentals (Webinar)
Webinar - Tuesday, April 30th (1:30 - 3:00) 

This session will provide a brief historical backdrop explaining the origin and purpose of TIF and will proceed to outline the basic mechanics of how the program works vis a vis the tax collection and distribution process, what can and cannot be funded and how the program has been successfully applied in Wisconsin. There will be a discussion about proper TID program management and options for structuring TIF plans and agreements to effectively minimize risk to the local municipality. 

 The presentation will entail a front half which will cover historic context, statutory authority, mechanics of the program and back half which will cover the details of what can be financed, how it is financed and mathematical samples of TIF projections and analysis. This presentation is done by professionals at Ehlers, a independent Municipal Advisory firm serving only Municipal clients. Established over 60 years ago, it provides financial advisory and economic development consulting services to over 300 municipalities in Wisconsin alone. Ehlers has offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota, & Colorado. For more detail see their website at 

Visit their website to register and APA to register your CM credits.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources':
Good Health Grows on Trees Conference
Janesville - Thursday, May 30, 2019

"We invite you to join us for the first ever Good Health Grows on Trees Conference, hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry program, funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. This one-day event will include presentations from dynamic speakers exploring the science behind the impacts of urban and community forests on our physical and mental health, and applications of these findings on the ground. We will hear from a variety of professional perspectives including social science, public health, landscape architecture, city planning and urban forestry. This conference includes a facilitated interactive session where you will be invited to discuss and collaborate with your fellow attendees. Bring your questions, ideas and enthusiasm. Hope to see you there." 

Visit their website to register and APA to register your CM credits (note: CM credits still pending).

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission's:
Grant Writing Class
Platteville - June 10-11, 2019

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.  You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency. This workshop is June 10-11, 2019, 9-4 both days with lunch on your own from noon to 1:20.  This is a grant writing class and grant management class. Tuition is $455 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forums that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.

Visit their website to register. 

Wisconsin Economic Development Association's:
Impact through Redevelopment
Milwaukee - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This course will provide attendees with a framework for the redevelopment process, whether it is for one building, a city block or an entire business district. Content will be presented along three main components of strategy:  

1) The inspiration/vision for the redevelopment. We will discuss drivers of redevelopment including blight elimination, business expansion, sprawl prevention, resilience, and historic preservation.  We will explore when, why and how to engage the public and what could happen without public engagement (the right kind at the right time).  We will delve into the importance of leadership (types and sources) to drive the vision. 

2) Methods and processes for evaluating the project to ensure positive impacts financially, politically and socially.  This section will walk attendees through fiscal and economic impact analysis of redevelopment projects.  We will discuss political pitfalls and challenges, including the expense vs. goals of redevelopment and long-term, less easily measured gains, and finding a balance between new construction and historic preservation.  We will also touch on social goals/outcomes of redevelopment vs. lack of action. 

3) Steps to effective implementation of redevelopment strategies – from vision to completion.  This portion of the session will include effective communication tips, financial tools to aid the process and ways to celebrate the history and future of the redevelopment subject area.  We will also discuss why plans don’t get implemented. Presenters will provide classroom style presentations with impactful case study examples.  Attendees will be engaged in hands-on activities which will better equip them for learning and using content in their own communities. 

Visit their website to register and APA to register your CM credits

Urban Ecology Center Intensive Workshop

Milwaukee - July 22-26, 2019

This 5-day workshop is designed to give participants an intensive introduction to the sustainability and community revitalization approach pioneered by the Urban Ecology Center (UEC) in Milwaukee. This curriculum is aligned with Ken Leinbach’s 2018 book, Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World (New York: Morgan James Publishing). Relevant chapters are noted for the sessions below.

During the week of July 22-26, participants will visit each of the three UEC centers in Milwaukee and learn how the programming of these sites promotes revitalization of urban neighborhoods by focusing on natural areas, addressing urban inequity, urban crisis, and separation from nature. Participants will explore the theory of change known as Collective Impact and a related set of ideas advanced by John McKnight--abundance.  

Visit their website to register and APA to register your CM credits.

2019 Conference

Eau Claire, October 2-4, 2019

Keep an eye on this page or the conference page for details about our 2019 conference!

Wisconsin Economic Development Association's
2019 Fall Conference

Steven's Point, October 2-4, 2019

The 2019 WEDA Fall Conference will offer multiple in-depth sessions on the economic development tools at your disposal to drive economic growth in your community and across the state. Sessions will provide attendees with information on new economic development programs and tools, updates on existing ones, and expert guidance on best practices for implementation.

Keep an eye on this page for future details. CM credits will be provided. 

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's:
Conference on the Small City and Regional Community
Stevens Point - October 16-17, 2019

This year's theme is Population Dynamics and the implications for small cities, towns, and rural areas. Keep an eye here for more details as they come. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2019. 

Lots of ways to find networking and professional development opportunities:  

Thank you to one of our generous sponsors, Martenson & Eisele, Inc.

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Interested in other planning related events?

Check out the link below for information related to other events across Wisconsin

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