New Mobile Workshop!!

Travel with us on Amtrak to Springfield

Earn CM Credits along the way!

Tickets available for travel on September 26th

MOBILE WORKSHOPS

Join us in downtown Springfield this September and get to know Central Illinois! 

All aboard the APA Express: It's a bird, it's a plane, it’s a train with CM credits! New this year: grab an APA-IL Amtrak ticket to Springfield and earn CM along the way! Ride from Chicago to Springfield for ONLY $25 --- AND --- earn 3 CM credits! See details below...

For all mobile workshops during the conference, please be in the Wyndham Hotel's lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.

New!! Sessions  Available!

 

Please note: we're finalizing details for these great tours, some details are subject to change

Hospitals & their Neighborhoods

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Participants will visit the Enos Park neighborhood, which is adjacent to two regional hospital campuses, and then attend a session in one of the medical facilities. Memorial Medical Center, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, and SIU Medicine’s Center for Family Medicine fund a project to place community health workers (CHWs) within the Enos Park neighborhood to meet community needs and expand care in the heart of Springfield.

TBA

$10

9:30a - 12:15p

Speaker(s):

Please be sure to wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Exploring the Enos Park Access to Care Collaborative (CM | 2.5)

The Governor’s Crib

Thursday, Sept. 27

A brief walking tour through downtown Springfield will discuss the current state of historic preservation in Illinois, culminating in a tour of the recently renovation Governor’s Mansion.

TBA

$10

2:30p - 4:00p

Speaker(s):

**Mansion tour pending availability** Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

The State of Historic Preservation in Illinois (CM | 1.5)

Jens Jensen and the Jet Skis

Friday, Sept. 28

In the early 20th Century the City of Springfield identified the need for water supply in the region and proposed the construction of a lake in their Comprehensive Plan, today located approximately 20 minutes from downtown. Decades later Jens Jensen was hired to construct waterfront gardens, and across the lake the University of Illinois – Springfield campus was built. Participants will walk the gardens and learn about the critical role the lake and university play in contemporary Springfield and complete the panel session in a UIS facility.

TBA

$20

9:00a - 12:00p

Speaker(s):

Tour Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Lake Springfield (CM | 3)

Downtown Springfield

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Beginning at the conference hotel, participants will walk throughout downtown Springfield on a guided tour, spanning from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, to the state capitol complex, to the Old Capitol, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Speakers will highlight the city’s central business district urban design and functionality, while also discussing recent redevelopment projects and ongoing planning efforts.

TBA

$20

10:45a - 12:15p

Speaker(s):

Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Redevelopment Walking Tour (CM | 1.5)

From Lincoln’s Home to the Capitol

Thursday, Sept. 27

Pedestrians could walk from Lincoln’s home to the State Capitol, strolling past some of Springfield’s most popular recent redevelopment, the Governor’s Mansion, museums, and one of the most important infill blocks in the City, except one stretch of Jackson Street has always been a private parking lot. In 2018 that will change as Springfield adds a public plaza and pedestrian corridor, linking Lincoln to the Capitol grounds for the bicentennial. Participants will discuss pedestrian corridors, tourism, urban design, and infill projects as part of a walking tour.

TBA

$20

4:00p - 6:00p

Speaker(s):

Walking Tour of the Jackson Street Corridor (CM | 2)

Planners in the Classroom

Thursday, Sept. 27

It is our hope that by reaching out to the youth of the community and educating them in the theories and practices of our profession we will make our communities even better places to live and work. This workshop will allow students to create their own ideal community.

N/A

$10

10:30a - 2:30p

Speaker(s):

We will be heading to a 4th grade classroom in at Sherman Elementary School! Please bring a valid state ID (required for school security). A maximum of 10 planners will drive to this rewarding event (volunteer drivers needed).

Visit a local school to help students learn about planning! (CM | 2)

Loving Logistics

Thursday, Sept. 27

Participants will travel 45 minutes east to Decatur, Illinois for a panel session at the headquarter offices of the port that will discuss the importance of transportation infrastructure and the logistics industry in Illinois economic development. The Midwest Inland Port is a multi-modal transportation hub that serves both domestic and international logistics demand. The speakers’ discussion will continue at Taproot, a restaurant located on historic Merchant Street in downtown Decatur.

TBA

$20

10:30a - 2:30p

Speaker(s):

The Midwest Inland Port (CM | 3)

Cash Crops

Friday, Sept. 28

After a twenty minute drive north of the city, participants will find the Rolling Meadows Farm & Brewery nestled among the wooded, rolling hills and bluffs the Sangamon River valley. After a tour of the farm, grounds, and production facilities, participants will hear from a series of speakers discussing the recent growth in craft agricultural businesses in central Illinois and increased demand for agritourism destinations – and what role these sectors can play in economic development.

TBA

$20

9:00a - 12:00p

Speaker(s):

The Growth of Agriculture Businesses and Agritourism in Illinois (CM | 3)

 

Travel Amtrak to #APAIL18 - Earn CM!

All aboard the APA-IL Express: It's a bird, it's a plane, it’s a train with CM credits!

 

That's right... in an APA-IL first, we are offering 3 transportation focused mobile workshops each worth 1 CM credit!

 

APA-IL has reserved a private Amtrak car that leaves Chicago Union Station to Springfield the morning of September 26th. Attendees will be able to board our train car at Chicago Union Station, Joliet Gateway Center train station, or Uptown Station in Normal. Mobile workshops will begin at each station. Ride from Chicago and collect them all! Join us in Joliet and earn 2 CMs. Hope on the train in Normal and earn 1 CM. That's one small step for man, and one giant leap for urban planners in Illinois.

 

Please note - these private tickets can be obtained when you register for your mobile workshops;  this is a one-way ticket. You must obtain a ticket for the ride back home through Amtrak.com. The APA-IL is not responsible for Amtrak delays.

Amtrak Mobile Workshop - Chicago

Wednesday, Sept. 26

#301 - Lincoln Service

$25

Departure Time:

7:00a

Chicago Union Station, 500 W Jackson Blvd Ste 107, Chicago, IL 60661

Amtrak Mobile Workshop - Joliet

Wednesday, Sept. 26

#301 - Lincoln Service

$25

Departure Time:

7:57a

Gateway Center, 50 E Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60432

Amtrak Mobile Workshop - Normal

Wednesday, Sept. 26

#301 - Lincoln Service

$25

Departure Time:

9:14a

Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Cir, Normal, IL 61761

Amtrak Session Topics:

Order of sessions to be announced.

Planning for Zero
Vision Zero is a bold initiative that aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries due to traffic crashes. Simply put, there should not be such a high cost to mobility. But how do we get there? As planners, how does planning for zero deaths differ from traditional planning for transportation?
 
Speaker: Stacey Meekins, AICP, Sam Schwartz Engineering

A Blueprint to the Future – IDOT’s Multi-Year Program and What It Means for Illinois’ Planners
Every year, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) creates a six-year multi-year program (MYP) that details how Illinois will invest transportation dollars in the state and local highway system. This session will help familiarize attendees with the MYP to identify planning opportunities for communities, counties or regions. We will also discuss important elements of IDOT’s transportation asset management plan (TAMP), which is a strategy develop and implement a data-driven decision process that supports the use of analytical tools and life cycle strategies to reduce the rate of system deterioration as cost effectively as possible.
 
Speaker: Jamie Simone, AICP, IDOT

I-84 Multimodal Station , Hartford, CT
 
Project Description: The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)  is investigating the need to reconstruct Interstate 84 (I-84) through Hartford, CT. The preferred alternative, Alternative 3 - Lowered Highway Alternative, calls for the relocation of the Amtrak rail line and station. The project studies the location of a new multimodal station that would accommodate Amtrak, commuter rail, intercity bus and local bus services.
 
Speaker: Gina Trimarco, AICP, TranSystems

 

Travel Amtrak to #APAIL18 - Walking directions

Are you riding the rails with us? Getting from Springfield Station to the conference is easy! The Wyndham is just .4 miles away from Amtrak.

Here are some easy walking directions to our hotel:

 

Wyndham Springfield City Centre
700 E Adams St
Springfield, IL 62701

  1. Head east on E Washington St toward N 4th St

  2. Turn right onto S 6th St/E Old State Capitol Plaza

  3. Turn left onto E Adams St (the Wyndham will be on your right)

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