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.

Click here to Register!



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 www.cahokiamounds.org.


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.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Collinsville Gateway Center

8:15 am to 8:45 am – Check-in

8:45 am to 11:45 am - Morning sessions

11:45 am to 1:00 pm - Keynote Lunch with Cynthia Bowen, APA President

1:00 pm to 5:15 pm - Afternoon sessions

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Awards Reception at Cahokia Mounds


Friday, June 8, 2018

Meet in rear Gateway Conference Center Parking Lot

9:00 am to 11:30 am - Concurrent Madison County & St. Clair County Bus Tours

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch on your own

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Switch Buses to Continue Bus Tour


Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Gateway Conference Center in Collinsville
  Marquette Room Mississipian Room
8:45- 10:00 Growth Management in Madison County, IL: Stephen Ibendahl, i5 Group, and Matt Brandmeyer, Madison County, will present the steps they took to complete the Madison County Growth Management Plan.  1.25 CM Pending  Matt Brandmeyer and Stephen Ibendahl IHDA 101: Learn about the Illinois Housing Development Authority, its mission, and how it uses market analyses and data to facilitate redevelopment across the state. 1.25 CM Pending Cliff Bridgeman, Hannah Merry, Emily Mueller, Alan Quick 
10:15 - 11:45 Small Cell Wireless: Understand the legislative process behind this new law and what it means for your community. Joe Bond, Associate Attorney, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C. and Jimmy Morani, City Administrator, City of Columbia, Illinois. 1.5 CM Law pending.  Presented in the Mississipian Room Joe Bond and Jimmy Morani 
11:45 - 1:00  Lunch Keynote: APA President Cynthia Bowen  Our keynote speaker, APA President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP will provide an update on APA’s current initiatives and upcoming activities including APA’s new housing initiative called Planning HOME. She will also address her professional experience in working with communities about housing issues including gentrification, determining housing mix, and minimizing zoning to promote more mixed use type housing.  Presented in the LaSalle Room  Cynthia Bowen
1:00 - 2:15 The Mounds – America’s First Cities:  Laura Lyon and Ed Weilbacher with Heartlands Conservancy will present their efforts to elevate the status of the Cahokia Mounds to a national designation within the National Park Service.  Although often overlooked, Cahokia Mounds is a World Heritage Site and is considered one of the greatest achievements in the ancient history of our continent.  1.25 CM Pending  Ed Weilbacher and Laura Lyon Financing Housing Development: Mike Lundy, Executive Director for Southwestern Illinois Development Authority will present four examples of affordable housing projects in the Metro East: East Alton, Swansea, Belleville, and Highland. 1.25 CM Pending Mike Lundy, John Langa, J. David Dodson, Eric Schauster
2:30 - 3:45  Problem + Crowdsourcing ≠ #PlanningFail:  Join this round table discussion as we use our collective planner minds to tackle problms facing our fellow colleagues.  This working session will use familiar public engagement tactics to help solve some of today's planning issues.  We will try to find ways to better leverage our local comunity groups.  We will look for creative funding sources.  AND we will question what ARE truly compatible uses for downtowns. 1.25 CM Pending Stephanie Brown  Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide:  The session will cover a brief history of our region’s use of segregation housing policies and practices and provide key recommendations to help rebuild our communities and dismantle our significant divides. 1.25 CM Pending Glenn Burleigh, Michelle Witthaus, Gary Newcomer 
4:00 - 5:15  Award Session: Representatives from the City of Webster Groves  (Outstanding Implementation Award for its Educational Campus Zoning), The City Of Fairview Heights (Outstanding Best Planning Practice Award for its Business Assistance Program) , and Rise Community Development (Outstanding Plan Making Award for Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan ) will be on hand to present details of their plans. A Q&A session will follow. 1.25 CM Pending.  Presented in the Mississippian.


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.