APA MN October 2013 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - October 2013

2013 APA MN Elections

APA MN is seeking candidates for the Board elections. This year, APA MN members may run for District Director in the district in which they are employed or in which they reside. In addition, the offices of Citizen Planner Director and of Student Representative are open. Each position is a two-year term, and the new Directors will take office on January 1, 2014. Please submit your Director candidacy for the 2014-2015 Board or the Student Representative position to the APA MN Administrators at by October 15, 2013.

Interested candidates must submit a bio (2-3 paragraphs), contact information, and a photo with their nomination. In addition, you may request a copy of the position description by contacting the administrators. Elections will be facilitated by National APA in early December. The APA MN Board would also encourage interested candidates to receive their employer’s support before committing to a two-year term. If you would like to know more about these positions, please feel free to contact Breanne Rothstein, APA MN President, at 763-231-4863 or via email at On behalf of the APA MN Board, we hope you consider running for one of these rewarding positions.

Thank You!

After a highly successful Upper Midwest Planners Conference in Rochester last month, the APA Minnesota Board would like to say thank you to the many members and non-members who worked so hard to make the event a success. The large number of attendees can attest to the fact that we had educational and interesting sessions; thank you to the presenters and mobile tour guides, and in particular, the Keynote Speakers, Ron Sims and Chris Leinberger. Of course, the conference would not be possible without the sponsors and exhibitors who support all of our events, so a special thanks to them. In addition, the attendees from Minnesota were given the opportunity to meet counterparts from Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and the Dakotas--and especially noted were the many students from both the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the University of Iowa.

Most importantly, the event would not occur without the hard work of the Conference Committee--thanks to all of them, especially the Program Chairs, the Awards Chair, and the Events and Mobile Tours Chairs. Finally, the Board would like to thank the Conference Chairs, Lance Bernard and Melissa Poehlman, for an outstanding conference and for their unflagging determination, energy, and enthusiasm throughout the many months of planning this event. Kudos to them for a job well done!!! A full article with pictures of the conference will run in the November newsletter.

2014 APA MN Conference in Duluth

The Upper Midwest Planners Conference last month in Rochester was a huge success. We counted 416 registered participants, attended excellent sessions and mobile tours, and enjoyed fun social events and beautiful weather. However, we no sooner finish one conference than we must begin planning another. Next year, the APA Minnesota State Conference will be in Duluth at the DECC. We would like to put together the Conference Committee as soon as possible, so we can begin to identify session topics and tracks, events, and tours for 2014. The planners in Duluth are very excited to be hosting this event and have already been meeting to suggest events. If you are interested in joining the Conference Committee, please send a note to the administrators at by October 4. We hope to organize the first meeting of the Conference Committee in December. Thanks in advance for your interest in the 2014 Conference.

October is National Planning Month

Each year APA, its members, chapters, divisions, and professional institute sponsor National Community Planning Month to raise the visibility of the important role of planners and planning in communities across the nation. Help elevate the role of planning in your community. For more information and ideas, visit the APA website at

Forest Restoration Webinar

The Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series presents a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program webinar, on Tuesday, October 15, 1:00 - 2:30 PM. The Forest Service's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and has helped catalyze larger restoration efforts surrounding National Forests. Register online at:

Great Places Celebration

The response to the call for Great Places in the Twin Cities region was fantastic!  Join the Sensible Land Use Coalition, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation and 22 co-host organizations (including APA MN) in celebrating the region’s 2013 Great Places on December 4, 2013, 5:00-8:00 PM at Aria, 105 N 1st Street, Minneapolis.

New Planners' Communication Guide

Need to give a media interview? Have to explain planning to your community? Build your communication skills and get tips for talking about planning from APA's Planners' Communication Guide 2.0. The all-new edition is an online, interactive guide to enhancing your skills. Available to APA members only at 

2013 APA Iowa Conference

Online registration is now open for the 2013 APA Iowa Chapter Annual Conference at the APA website: The conference will be held October 16-18, 2013, in Cedar Rapids. All the information you need about registration, conference hotel, session topics, keynote speakers and mobile workshops is available through . 

URSI Alumni Event

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Urban and Regional Studies Institute is holding an event for all alumni on Friday, October 4, 2013 in Mankato, beginning at 3 PM. For more information:

Calculating Developer Contributions Webinar

The Urban Design and Preservation Division is presenting a free webinar on calculating developed contributions on Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM. Public actions can dramatically increase the dollar value of private land. While local governments seek to capture a portion of that value to address various needs, planners often don’t know how to determine if a given request is reasonable. This session shows how to calculate the increase in value of private land due to public actions and develop a reasonable figure for developer contributions. To register visit:

Freight Movement Webinar

The APA Maryland chapter is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Freight Movement in Local Communities: Getting the Beer to the Bar, on Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00-1:30 PM. This features a panel discussion the safety and land use implications of rail and truck freight routes through local communities. To register visit:

Leaky Pipes Webinar

The APA Wisconsin chapter is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Leaky Pipes, on Friday, October 18, 2013 12:00-1:30 PM. This presentation describes the scope of the problem in terms of public health risks, and the role of planners in quantifying the challenge and identifying cost-effective strategies for making accelerated progress in repairing our aging pipes in order to reduce the risk of infectious disease, reduce costs, assure a fair and equitable distribution of costs, and identify innovative programs to achieve these goals. To register visit

Parking Reform Webinar

The APA Transportation Planning Division is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Parking Reform Made Easy: How to Make Smarter Parking Requirements, on Friday, October 25, 2013 12:00-1:30 PM. Status quo parking requirements often stand in the way of making communities livable, equitable, and sustainable. Webinar participants are provided with a step-by-step technical and policy process for reforming parking requirements. To register visit:


Job Opportunities and RFPs

Job listings and RFPs can be found on the APA MN website at Current listings (and application deadlines) include:
  • Olmsted County - Director of Consolidated Planning (October 17)
  • SRF Consulting Group, Inc. - Environmental Planner (October 31)
  • SEH Inc. - Senior Planner (TBD)
  • Upper Minnesota Valley RDC - Community Development Planner (Open Until Filled)

Upcoming Events

2014 Conference Committee Deadline
URSI Alumni Event
Calculating Developer Contributions Webinar

Freight Movement Webinar

APA MN Candidate Deadline
Forest Restoration Webinar

APA Iowa Conference

Leaky Pipes Webinar

Parking Reform Webinar
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter
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