It was my pleasure to re-connect with some and meet other planner’s from across the western United States at last month’s Western Planning Resources/South Dakota Planner’s Association Conference. It is always comforting to know that the joys (and pains) of being a planner are similar throughout the states represented at this year’s conference. On behalf of the South Dakota Planner’s Association, I would like to re-iterate our gratitude for the part everyone played in making this a successful conference.
I heard positive comments throughout the conference regarding every presentation, tour, and social event. I do not recall a speaker that has received more positive comments for sessions at a conference in my 5 years on the Board than Charles (Chuck) Marohn from Strong Towns for his presentations on September 13th. Chuck and the rest of our talented speakers were brought to this year’s venue thanks in large part to the many generous donations from our sponsors and donors which were listed in the conference booklet and can be found here!
I especially want to thank Amber Vogt and Jayna Watson for their efforts in planning this conference. The sponsors, venue, speakers, meals, logistics, and all the incidentals were planned and organized by those two. Our organization cannot express enough thanks to them for their service.
Next year’s Western Planning Resources Conference will be held in Fort Hall, Idaho August 5 – 8, 2018. Hopefully our organization’s planners will take the opportunity to attend that conference and catch-up again with fellow planners from around the region. To follow the updates on this conference please visit www.westernplanner.org.
Finally, it has been determined that next year’s annual South Dakota Planner’s Conference will be held in Huron, SD at the Crossroads Hotel and Huron Convention Center on October 17 – 18, 2018. A block of rooms will be available for the conference shortly. Look for details about the conference next Spring.
Thanks! Luke Muller, your 2017 SDPA President