October 12-14, 2020, Upper Midwest Virtual Conference

Event Information

Presentations from the Conference

Monday Plenary - Linking Regional & Community Development for Inclusive and Equitable Outcomes

Kirk Harris, PhD, JD - Associate Professor, Urban Planning, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, UW-Milwaukee

Tuesday Plenary - Cultivating Neighborhoods Towards Positive Municipal Math 

Jim Kumon - Executive Director, Incremental Development


Charles Connerly, AICP & Jerry Anthony FAICP

Retail: What is Happening and What is the Future

John Dornoff

How to Think Like a Developer: Getting the Most from Public/Private Partnerships

Mike Scholl, Amanda Arnold, AICP

Food Systems Planning

Nikki Seibert, Kevin Ellis, Mike Tertinger

Climate Plans to Action Tools: Eau Claire's and Your Experiences

Ned Noel AICP, Ted Redmond, AIA

Advancing Health Equity Through Planning

Katya Spear, Megan McBride, Lisa Charron

Should Comprehensive Planning Really be Comprehensive

Mindy Moore, AICP, Jared Foss, AICP, Charlie Dissell, AICP, Lorin Ditzler, AICP

Right Sizing Infrastructure & Development: Data-Driven Decisions for Livable & Financially Sustainable Communities

Will Kratt, PE, PTOE, Danyelle Pierquet, Jason Gilman

Corridor Urbanism: Principles & Practice

Marty Shukert, Amy Haase, AICP

Towards Healthy Neighborhoods: One City's Roadmap

Wade Thompson, Scott Endl, Robert Stein, PLA, Carmen Torres-Kinerk

STEP Building: Understanding the Buildings you Actually Want in Your Neighborhood

Jim Kumon

Racial Equity & Social Justice in Preserving Planning Developing the City of Madison's Historic Preservation Plan

Heather Bailey, Rowan Davidson, PhD, Carolyn Esswein, AICP, CNU-A, Joy Huntington

Relationships & Resiliency: Neighborhood Associations During a Time of Crisis

Jeff Wozencraft

Silver Lining of Social Distancing: Playbook for Public Engagement from Afar

Caitlin Bolte, Jane Reasoner, AICP, Marshall Allen

Rethinking Street: From COVID-19 to Long Term Change

Renee Callaway, Kate Riordan, Adam Wood, AICP


Eric Christianson, Brian W. Ohm

Recipients of the 2020 APA-Iowa Chapter Awards

Each year, the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association asks its members to nominate plans, projects, and individuals deserving recognition by the professional organization. Award nominees can be recognized in nineteen categories ranging from public outreach to distinguished leadership. 

Based on an independent review by a jury of professional planners, nine nominees have been selected to receive APA-Iowa Awards in 2020. Videos highlighting each awardee can be found online.

Award: Advancing Diversity & Social Change

Awardee: City of Des Moines

Plan: LiveDSM

Award: Daniel Burnham Award For a Comprehensive Plan

Awardee: City of Indianola

Plan: Elevate Indianola Comprehensive Plan

Award: Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner

Awardee: Maggie Murry

Award: Economic Development Planning

Awardees: City of Bondurant

Plan: Regional Commercial Master Plan

Award: Exemplary Student Project

Awardees: Department of Community & Regional Planning at Iowa State University

Plan: Adel Downtown Plan 2020-2040

Award: Exemplary Student Project

Awardees: University of Iowa School of Planning & Public Affairs

Plan: Iowa City Automated Vehicles Adaptation & Equity Plan

Award: Implementation

Awardees: City of Fort Dodge

Plan: Des Moines River Dam Removals

Award: Transportation Planning

Awardees: City of Waukee 

Plan: Waukee Sreet Design Guide

Award: Urban Design

Awardees: City of Muscatine

Plan: The Reconnecting Muscatine Project