May 2018 Luncheon

"Building Partnerships That Shape The Future Of Geospatial Intelligence in St. Louis"

Hear and discuss the future of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the expansion into north St. Louis.  The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s St. Louis Area Working Group brings together professionals to create and sustain careers in the geospatial field.   Learn about how organizations throughout the Saint Louis region play a pivotal role in the geospatial industry.

Wednesday,  May 16, 2018
11:30 AM Registration and Networking

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation


Tom Bukoski, AICP

Next NGA West (N2W) Deputy Program Director

Mr. Tom Bukoski is Deputy Director of the Next NGA West (N2W) Program Management Office, providing leadership to the Next NGA West campus program.  He is engaged in coordinating staff, helping develop N2W requirements, and setting the stage for facility construction and operations. 

Before assuming his present assignments he was the Head of the Program and Office Administration Career Service and NGA’s Business Improvement Officer. He served as Assistant Program Manager for Design and Construction in NGA’s Campus East Program Management Office between November 2005 and July 2011 where he led NGA’s facilities design and construction efforts for the NGA Campus East with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Bukoski is a facility planner/architect with facilities planning, design, construction, facilities management, and environmental compliance experience in both the public and private sectors.  Before joining the NGA in 2003, he managed the Alexandria, VA office of Woolpert, LLP, an architect-engineer firm.  He also managed safety and environmental compliance programs and facilities for BDM-Oklahoma operator of the National Institute of Petroleum and Energy Research in Bartlesville, OK. 

Tom completed naval service as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer serving in a variety of assignments including Director of Base Operations at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Head of Facilities Planning and Real Estate at the Chesapeake Division; Environmental Compliance Officer for construction of the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA; and Assistant Public Works Officer at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Butler, He also managed construction at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA and remote sites in the Republic of Vietnam.

Mr. Bukoski holds a B. A. in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 


Steven Thomas

Ball Aerospace & Technology Corporation, Director of Advanced Systems and Manager of Business Development

 Chairman of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) St Louis Are Working Group (SLAWG), whose mission is to Support or build new geospatial centric pipelines designed to educate and train individuals in geospatial tradecraft. Grow and sustain a populace within St. Louis and surrounding regions that possess the necessary geospatial skillsets to quality for and fill existing and future NGA or geospatial industry analytic and management careers   He recently had a story published in “Trajectory,” the official magazine of USGIF, about the need for well-trained GIS candidates from our area who are ready to enter the workforce.

A decorated military veteran of the United States Navy with 20 years of experience working in the intelligence community, Steven is director of advanced systems and manager of business development for Ball Aerospace and Technologies in St. Louis. There, he oversees a number of government contracts and develops business strategies for his company. Prior to joining Ball Aerospace, he served as the Director of Technical Operations for NJVC and served as the NJVC Program Manager for the NGA West Modernization contract.

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April 2018 Luncheon

The Changing Landscape of Health Care - What Will Virtual Health Care Mean For Your Community 

Mercy Virtual is transforming health care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by creating new care models supported by telehealth teams and technology. Patients no longer have to physically seek out care or entirely reorient their lives to gain access to specialists. Virtual technology brings care to them.

A Mercy Virtual representative will take the group on a tour of the Virtual Care Center, the first and only facility of its kind. The four-story, 125,000 square-foot building is the cornerstone of Mercy’s virtual care program, and serves as a nationally recognized center for developing and delivering telehealth.

Emily Fultz and Scott Hanson will lead a Q and A session to discuss what the implications of telehealth are and how it affects communities, aging in place, and other planning-related issues.

Wednesday,  April 18, 2018
11:30 AM Lunch and Presentation
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Tour of the Virtual Care Center


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2018 Joint Spring/Summer Workshop

Join us for our 2018 Spring / Summer workshop
An educational and fun event for all planners in the
St. Louis region!

For APA members, early bird registration is $75.  Registration after May 15 is $90.
Non-APA members are $90.  Student registration is FREE.

Please also select the AM and PM mobile tours when you register.

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Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Bowen, APA President

We welcome a very special guest as our keynote speaker, Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association.

Cynthia Bowen is the director of planning for Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA), a national planning, urban design, and land architect firm founded in 1979. An active APA member, Bowen has held a number of leadership positions including president of the APA Indiana Chapter and vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the Chapter Presidents Council. Bowen is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning and environmental science and design. Within her community, Bowen has served on many boards and committees.

Awards Reception: Cahokia Mounds

Don’t miss out on the Awards Reception at “America’s Oldest City,” the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, on Thursday evening, June 7th.

The St. Louis Section will present the annual award winners. Attendees can mingle and explore the museum and interpretive center while enjoying food and drinks.

Cahokia Mounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest archaeological site in North America. You can find more information at


Gateway Conference Center in Collinsville

The program will include sessions all day Thursday, June 7th at the Gateway Conference Center in Collinsville, IL. The theme of this year’s event is “Innovations in Housing and Residential Growth.” Speakers will cover several housing topics include affordability and the outlook for residential growth in addition to other planning topics.

Friday, June 8th will be dedicated to Mobile Workshops. We will be running tours of Madison County and St. Clair County in the morning and afternoon. The mobile workshops will provide highlights of each county with a focus on the housing and residential growth themes of the overall program.

The tours are expected to run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the morning and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. You can choose the Madison County tour in the morning and the St. Clair County tour in the afternoon or vice versa.


Preliminary Session Information

On Thursday, sessions will be from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm before heading to Cahokia Mounds for the Awards Reception.  The keynote lunch will be between 11:30 am and 1 pm.  Two session will run concurrently throughout the day.

Topics include the following:

  • Affordable Housing – Mike Lundy, SWIDA
  • Rural Growth Management – Stephen Ibendahl, i5 Group
  • Residential Growth Trends & Challenges – Robb Treat, Homebuilders Association / Fairway Mortgage
  • Effects on Redlining – Facilitated Panel Discussion
  • Update on Cell Tower Legislation – Dan Vogel
  • Solar Event Planning – Chris Wallace, City of Carbondale
  • #PlanningFail – Facilities Round Table Discussion
  • Award Winners Presentations



For APA members, early bird registration is $75.  Registration after May 15 is $90.
Non-APA members are $90.  Student registration is FREE.

Please also select the AM and PM mobile tours when you register.

Click here to Register!


Hotel Accommodations

The venue is not within a hotel, so there is no room block for the event.  The nearest and most convenient option is the DoubleTree Hilton, which is next door and walkable to the venue. 

Other nearby options include Drury, Fairfield Marriot, Hampton Inn, and Comfort Inn.


Gateway Center Location

The Gateway Conference Center in Collinsville, IL is located on IL Rte. 157 near the I-55/I-70 and I-255 interchange. 

Collinsville is a 2 ½ hour drive from Champaign, Peoria, and Bloomington and around 4 ½ hours form Chicago.

The nearest Amtrak station is in Alton, IL which is a ½ hour Uber trip to Collinsville.

March 2018 Luncheon

SLU's Role In Midtown Redevelopment

Brooks Goedeker, Executive Director of SLU Midtown Redevelopment Corporation will present an overview of the 353 acre redevelopment area between the two campuses of Saint Louis University. He will take us through the process they developed to review and guide development occurring in the area. He will provide updates on exciting projects like the Foundry and Chouteau's Greenway. Come hear the latest updates about this exciting project!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11:30 AM Social and Networking
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Panel and Presentation


Brooks Goedeker, Executive Director of SLU Midtown Redevelopment Corporation 


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