APA Upper Midwest Annual Conference

Join colleagues for the Annual APA-Iowa Chapter Conference October 11-13th at the Bien VenU Event Center and Holiday Inn and Suites in Cedar Falls. 

Online Registration

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Draft Schedule

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Hotel Block 

Updated 9/12/2023

New room block available at Holiday Inn Express available until 9/25/2023 for a group rate of $129/night.

Holiday Inn & Suites - FULL as of 9/11/23

Using the hyperlink above, click 'Book Now', and enter the conference dates. The results will automatically show the room block with a group rate of $129/night. 

Award Nominations

APA Iowa is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Annual Awards in 15 different categories. Check out the nomination packet for more information. The deadline to submit is Thursday, August 31. Please contact Awards Chair Chris Shires with any questions at cshires@thinkconfluence.com.

Planning Student Poster Contest

The Chapter’s Awards program is again sponsoring a student poster contest. The topic presented on the poster can be any issue related to planning, including those topics previously researched by the student for another project. Check out the information packet and submit no later than Monday, September 18. Please contact Awards Chair Chris Shires with any questions at cshires@thinkconfluence.com.


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Mentor Match

The APA Iowa Conference offers seasoned and emerging professionals the opportunity to make connections and share advice about career and professional development in person during the conference. To facilitate this connection, APA Iowa will be hosting a ‘meet-up’ event on Thursday, October 12th from 9-10 am. The location of the ‘meet-up’ will be announced with the final conference program. This is not a traditional shadowing mentor program and may be used as an opportunity to simply connect with a practicing planner and learn more about the field of planning, to review a resume, or to get tips on finding jobs and brush up on interview skills. Mentor pairs are encouraged to make the most of their match by communicating in advance of the conference and then meeting several times during the conference and attending events together. 

Space is limited and matches will be assigned on a first come/first served basis. If you would like to participate in this program as either a mentee or a mentor, you must register in advance.

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2023
Matches will be announced no later than October 6, 2023

Here is the link for the Mentor Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/zXaM1dpX5s6F6wUG6

Protege Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/RARQKkmhBnaYZeSL7

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