Planning in Reality

A series of conversations about the triumphs, pitfalls, challenges, rewards, limitations, and oddities of a career in urban planning.

About the conference

The 2017 MO APA state conference will be held in downtown St. Louis from October 18 to 20. The main conference venue is the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch, but the conference programming will invite attendees to explore our downtown setting. The conference schedule is below:

  • Wednesday, October 18: Check-in begins at noon, and the day culminates with a happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 19: Our breakfast keynote speaker will kick off the day at 8:00 a.m., and the day will end with our riverboat reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20: Our breakfast plenary with a special guest speaker will commence at 8:00 a.m., and the conference will end at 12:30 p.m.

Continue checking this website, MO APA emails, and SLMS eblasts for up-to-date information about conference speakers, programming, and activities.

What you will learn

For the 2017 conference, the conference committee carefully selected proposals addressing skills, tools, and programs that planning practitioners will find particularly useful, including those outside the planning profession’s normal skill set or comfort zone. Rather than speaking to what planners should be doing, presenters have been invited to show how planners can bring practical results to communities across Missouri and the Metro East region. The conference program includes sessions that will appeal to planners at all stages of their career, from entry-level to late-career professionals.

Where we will go

Mobile workshop details coming soon!

Days

PLUS SPEAKERS

Mobile Workshops

Plus General, Law, and Ethics Credits

Keynote Speaker

JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER

Urban Planning Advocate, Novelist, Social Critic, Journalist

Click here to learn more

Schedule

Detailed conference session information coming soon!

Wednesday, October 18
Conference Activities: Noon – 5:00 PM
Happy Hour: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 19
Breakfast Keynote Speech: 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Conference Activities: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Riverboat Reception: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Friday, October 20
Breakfast Plenary with Guest Speaker: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Conference Activities: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Register here by September 29, 2017

 

Non-APA Member
$260
  • Access to all sessions and programming
  • Includes riverboat cruise reception
  • Includes happy hour
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
Register
APA Member
$230
  • Access to all sessions and programming
  • Includes riverboat cruise reception
  • Includes happy hour
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
Register
Speaker Discounted Rate
$190
  • Access to all sessions and programming
  • Includes riverboat cruise reception
  • Includes happy hour
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
Register
Student with Reception
$55
  • Access to all sessions and programming
  • Includes riverboat cruise reception
  • Includes happy hour
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
Register
Student
$30
  • Access to all sessions and programming
  • Includes happy hour
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
  • Excludes riverboat cruise reception
Register
COMING SOON: Downtown St. Louis Architectural Walking Tour
$0
  • An in-depth look at some of St. Louis's architectural gems with a local historian.
  • Limited spaces available.
  • Keep an eye out for registration email!
Coming soon
COMING SOON: St. Louis Placemaker Trolley Tour
$TBD
  • Take a trolley ride to 2 craft breweries that have all made a big impact on their neighborhoods.
  • Includes a tasting sample at each brewery!
  • Along the way see South Grand Boulevard—a MO APA Great Place!
  • Keep an eye out for registration email!
Coming soon
COMING SOON: CityArchRiver Mobile Workshop
$0
  • A behind-the-scenes walking tour of the redesigned Gateway Arch Grounds.
  • Limited spaces available.
  • Keep an eye out for registration email!
COMING SOON

Our Sponsors

More coming soon about the awesome partners that support us.

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, contact Justin Randall for additional information or click here to fill out the sponsorship form.

Reserve your room at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

Stay at the conference venue! Reserve your room at the special conference rate now.

Conference Planning Committee:

Jessica Henry, Program Team Rep
Justin Randall, Sponsorship Team Rep
John Cruz, Marketing Team Rep
Matt Brandmeyer, Host & Reception Team Rep
Scott Hanson, Awards Team Rep
Jacob Trimble, Event Logistics Team Rep
Jason Ray, Missouri Chapter Rep

For questions or comments, please email us at info@moplanningconference.org.

Location

Drury Plaza Hotel, St. Louis at the Arch

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