The APA Iowa Chapter is pleased to announced that registration for the
2009 APA Iowa Annual Conference is now open! This year's conference,
themed, "Yes We Can......Plan" will be held from Wednesday, October
28th thru Friday, October 30th at the Embassy Suites on the River in
beautiful downtown Des Moines. The conference registration packet is
attached, and includes the full conference schedule. Primary focus
areas for the conference include three tracks: Recovery (Economic and
Natural Disaster), Sustainability and New Innovations in Planning.



Highlights of the 2009 APA Iowa Annual Conference Include:



* Ability to earn up to 16 AICP Certification Maintenance
Credits (CM), including the required Law and Ethics credits. Don't
forget, starting January 1, 2008, all professional planners who are
members of AICP certified, are required to complete 32 hours of
continuing education , the deadline for the first reporting period is
December 31, 2009.

* New this year! Online Conference Registration is available
with the use of a credit card, by clicking here
<https://www.planning.org/ecommerce/c...nceDetails.asp
x?conferenceId=106> . Register by October 1, 2009 to get early bird
pricing. Online registrations must be received by October 16, 2009.

* Hotel Reservations at the Embassy Suites on the River are
available online by clicking here
<http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/e.../DSMDNES-APA-2
0091027/index.jhtml> or by calling (515) 244-1700. The APA Iowa rate
of $139 will only be available until September 27, 2009 (please book
early as there are several large events occurring in Des Moines at the
same time).

* Five optional Mobile Workshops are planned, highlighting the
exciting changes occurring in the Des Moines metro area, including tours
of the East Village, a Bike Tour, a night "Ghost" Tour of the Sherman
Hill neighborhood, the Mills Civic Parkway Corridor and a walking tour
of Historic Valley Junction.

* Our keynote speakers on Thursday, October 29th, are the
Honorable Bob Dixon, Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas and Steven Hardy, AICP,
Planning Director for BNIM in Kansas City who will share their
inspirational story of sustainable rebuilding following the devastating
EF5 tornado that destroyed Greensburg in 2007.



The conference registration packet, online conference registration and
hotel reservation are also available on the APA Iowa website,
www.iowa-apa.org. We look forward to seeing you all in Des Moines from
October 28th - 30th!



David R. Wilwerding, AICP

President Elect

American Planning Assoication - Iowa Chapter

6221 Merle Hay Road; P.O. Box 410

Johnston, IA 50131

Phone: 515-727-7775 - Fax: 515-727-7776

Cell: 515-333-7130

dwilwerding (AT) ci (DOT) johnston.ia.us <mailto:dwilwerding (AT) ci (DOT) johnston.ia.us>