APA – Wisconsin 2017 Conference
Theme: Getting There Together–Bridging the Divide

Milwaukee, October 26-27, 2017

Sponsorship Information / Sponsorship Sign Up Form (Word)

Detailed Program Description

Program for Conference (updated 10/20/2017)

Click HERE for the online registration!

Conference Hotel Accommodations

  • Hilton Milwaukee City Center: 414-271-07250
  • Group Name:  American Planning Association – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Hotel Room Rates for Conference: $159-Click HERE for the Booking Link!

    *IMPORTANT NOTE: The Hilton will hold room blocks until 10/10!


Empty Storefronts Conference, Nov. 6th, 2017- 8:30am-6pm, Milwaukee, WI

NAIOP, WI the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and NEWaukee present the 3rd Empty Storefronts Conference, a day-long conference that focuses on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices, and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts.

The Empty Storefronts Conference features national and local speakers that have implemented practices and tactics in their own communities and across the country to address vacant storefronts. The Empty Storefronts Conference is hosted in different empty storefronts and neighborhoods around Milwaukee, WI.

Click on HERE to see the Empty Storefront Conference’s full schedule and to register!

2017 APA Upper Midwest Conference

Online registration is now available for the 2017 APA Upper Midwest Conference, October 4-6 in Dubuque! Click here for details and registration. 

The early registration deadline is September 27.
Here are 5 reasons you should attend APA Upper Midwest:
1. Network with Planners across the Midwest.This is the biggest gathering of planners in the State, and this year APA Iowa Chapter is hosting the Upper Midwest Regional Conference (includes Minnesota and Wisconsin.)
2. Explore Historic Dubuque. The conference site is on the banks of the Mississippi, near the Historic Millwork District (a “Great Places in America” 2016 finalist.). Visit the nearby National Mississippi River Museum or Fenelon Place Elevator (“the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway.”)
3. Double Down on Sustainability. The Growing Sustainability Communities (GSC) conference is happening immediately before our conference in the same location. APA Iowa conference registrants can attend GSC Wednesday events a la cart and/or get a discount on registration for the full GSC conference.
4. 3 Great Parties. Enjoy a tour of Dubuque’s finest food during the progressive dinner on Wednesday, an all-conference reception on Thursday, and a bonus post-reception party by one of our sponsors!
5. Speaker Line-up! Last but not least: we’ve got some fantastic sessions for you! Highlights include 5 mobile workshops, Keynote Speaker Jason Roberts with Better Blocks, and sessions presentations from across the state.

2016 APA- WI Conference Presentations:

Walker Advancing Economic Development with Active Transportation

Planning and Economic Development = Vibrant Public Space Oconomowoc

Zoning Turns 100

Wild at Heart: What is Nature to Planners?

Business to Community Connections

Initiative 41 – A NEWway of Thinking – Oshkosh

Non-Profit Housing Providers in Small Cities: Challenges and Solutions in Housing the Workforce

Worth a Closer Look- Juneau County

Integrating Public, Private and Tribal Interests to Plan a Destination Entertainment District in Madison, WI 

The Intersection of Workforce Development and Planning

Planning and Technology: Closing the Gap

Emerging Transportation Trends

Placemaking: Strategies, Partnerships & Lessons Learned Walking Tour – Appleton

Building Resilient Communities One Code At A Time 

21st Century Economic Development Positioning

Making Lemonade Out of Caterpillars: Leveraging Highway Reconstruction to Spur Business Expansion and Neighborhood Success

Small Business: Regulation & Permitting to Facilitate Success

2016 Legislative Updates for APA-WI Annual Conference

Embracing a Bypass Without Being Passed By

Sign Ordinances: A New Legal Framework 

Speedy & Smart: Fitchburg’s SmartCode Zoning

Access Management Issues for Local Communities: Working with WisDOT

The Fresh Product: Food, Resources, Education, Security & Health

Using Value Analysis to Assist Transit System Planning, Design, Implementation and TOD

Creative Economic Opportunities for Rural Towns

The website for APA members in Wisconsin.