2019 SDPA Conference will be held in Brookings, SD. More info to follow as it develops.
2018 Conference Info can be found under Conferences.
The 2018 South Dakota Planner’s Association Conference wrapped up October 18th after two days in at the Crossroads Hotel and Huron Event Center. This year’s conference was intended to include topics that the majority of our jurisdictions deal with on a monthly, if not daily basis. Our speakers did a great job of ensuring that this goal was met. Thank you to all of you that were able to attend; and a special thanks to all of those that presented. Throughout and since the conference I have heard numerous compliments about the sessions, the facilities, and social events. It is always satisfying to be complimented on the conference when so many of our speakers are other members of our association and/or those folks we work with on a day to day basis here in South Dakota. Even David Hickey who came from Washington makes himself available to work with communities in our state in drafting sign code updates. Presentations and materials are being made available on the South Dakota Planner’s Association website at: https://www.sdplanners.org/conferences.html
Next year’s annual conference will be held in Brookings. Work is still being done to hammer down dates, but it is tentatively planned for the middle of October again. As details emerge this website will post them to make you aware. Preliminary we are discussing the potential for several mobile sessions/tours. The majority of that information will be provided by your new association president, Toby Brown. I would like to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your president, and (at the same time) for allowing me to not be president anymore.
Finally, at our business meeting it was decided that in addition to our annual conference the association will be reaching out to the South Dakota Association of County Officials to host at least one session at its annual Spring Workshop in March of 2019. This is seen as an opportunity to specifically provide education to board members and practitioners that may be better able to attend a conference in the Spring rather than the fall. Depending on the success of this event, in future years we may host additional educational opportunities outside of the annual conference. Again, expect the South Dakota Planner’s Association and your planning districts to keep you apprised of the details of these workshops.
First District Association of Local Governments
Phone (605) 882-5115
Fax (605) 882-5049