While you're enjoying the festivities of summer and working to make our communities great, make time to start thinking about this fall and the 2017 State Conference! When there's work ahead, what do we planners do? We make to-do lists! In the spirit of to-doing, we present you with your #APAIL17 To-Do List!
#APAIL17 early bird registration ends TOMORROW, FRIDAY, JULY 28th. Click here to save money by grabbing those reduced registration rates now!
❏ Book Your Hotel Room!
Stay at Hotel Indigo and be steps away from the conference each morning! Rooms are limited so book early! Last day for APA-IL rates is August 22, 2017 so reserve your room today.
❏ Check out this Year’s Program
The wait is over! The #APAIL17 preliminary program is now available! We’re excited to offer a variety of sessions that offer CM credits, cover a wide range of topics, and feature talented planners across the region. Start planning your conference schedule today!
❏ Don’t Forget the Mobile Workshops
We are offering 8 mobile workshops all 3 days of the conference. Be sure to register quickly, space is limited and they're going to fill up fast!
Featured Mobile Workshop:
Design & Build Naperville: Tour of Local Precast Facility
Witness a live tornado cannon demonstration during a tour of Dukane Precast. Examine Naperville's design guidelines and we'll show you where they have been used successfully. You might get a little dusty but Dukane Precast will take care of us!
❏ Be Social
Catch up with old friends and colleagues, and make new connections during our 3 social events. Join us for the 2017 Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at Hotel Indigo (pre-registration is required). On Thursday, September 14th, join us for 2 free, no-conference-registration-necessary networking events! From 5:45-7:00pm join fellow planners for the APA-CMS' TODrinks - no agendas, no speeches, just a cash bar and talking shop. After 7:00pm, meet us at Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville where we'll take over the back room and enjoy a cash bar and comradery with fellow professionals.
❏ Gather Your Friends for a Networking Lunch
Lunch + networking opportunities = Networking Lunch! in downtown Naperville! Last year's successful u-pick lunch is back and we're working with our local partners to make reservations at nearby establishments where you can meet-up for casual, roundtable, networking lunch discussions (each person will be responsible for their own lunch tab). Join us for a conversation about housing trends or consider lunch with one of APA-IL's committees – stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, check out the list of dining options in downtown Naperville!
❏ Plan Your Trip
Consider Metra or Amtrak for your trip to Naperville. Pace Suburban Bus offers convenient bus access from the Naperville Metra Station. Click here for more information about transportation options to #APAIL17!
❏ Become a Sponsor
We need your support. Enhance your organization’s visibility in the planning community by becoming a sponsor of the 2017 APA-IL State Conference. Sponsorship dollars play a critical role in helping the APA-IL produce this unique and exciting educational opportunity for Illinois planners. Click here to view and download the sponsorship prospectus!
SPECIAL THANKS to our growing list of sponsors!
We look forward to seeing you in September! Questions regarding this year’s conference can be directed to the 2017 Conference Chair, Rory Fancler, AICP. Questions regarding 2017 APA-IL Sponsorship can be directed to Co-chairs Stephanie Brown, AICP or Brandon Nolan, AICP.