2020 Upper Midwest APA Planning Conference

Regionalism: Planning Knows No Boundaries

Please plan to join us in Des Moines, October 14-16, for the 2020 Upper Midwest APA Conference!

The Conference will be hosted at the Iowa Events Center in Downtown Des Moines. Full conferenced agenda, mobile tours, and registration details will be available summer 2020.

Call for Sessions

The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association announces its call for session proposals for the 2020 Upper Midwest APA Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. In order to develop an incredible conference lineup, the Conference Committee is soliciting session proposals. If you would like to propose a conference session and share your work with other planners, please complete the form found at this link to access our online Session Proposal Application. 

Please submit all online forms no later than Friday, May 15, 2020. 

Chapter Awards

Applications to submit a nomination for the 2020 Chapter Awards will be available soon. 

Mentor Match

Mentor Match will be offered again at 2020 Upper Midwest APA Conference in Des Moines.

More information on registration for Mentors and Protégés will be available this summer.  

Hotel Information

Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown

Staybridge Suites Des Moines

Located in the Historic East Village at 201 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309. 

Use this link to sign up for the APA Upper Midwest Conference Room Block. Rates start at $162/night.

Great amenities include:

  • Full breakfast buffet
  • Evening socials (Tues/Wed) with dinner, beer & wine
  • Guest Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • 24hr fitness center
  • 24hr business center

Parking is available in the garage adjacent to the hotel for $15 per vehicle per night.


Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Des Moines

Fairfield Downtown DSM

Located downtown at 207 Crocker Street Des Moines, IA 50309.

Use this link to sign up for the APA Upper Midwest Conference Room Block. Rates range from $149-$159 and must be booked by September 13, 2020. 

Amenities include:

  • Free breakfast
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Center
  • Parking

Conference Sponsors

If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2020 APA Upper Midwest Conference, please check out the 2020 APA Upper Midwest Conference Sponsor Form for sponsorship levels and additional details. We appreciate your support in making this a fantastic conference!