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Just a reminder that SDPA is a sponsor of this conference for 2022 and will not be offering a local conference in hopes of getting you to attend the Western Planner instead and to help with this SDPA will be offering a discount when early registration opens for any SDPA member who registers prior to July 1 you will receive 1/2 off the early registration rate of $275.00, this drops your registration down to $137.50! WOW! This is a great opportunity! We will send a discount link soon to your email!

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View: Schedule At A Glance

Conference Hotel Booking and Special Rates: Radisson

The 2022 Western Planner Conference will be held in Bismarck, ND and is supported by both the North Dakota and South Dakota Planning Associations. The theme of the conference is being a “bridge” between important, but sometimes conflicting, values in our communities (e.g. urban and rural, government and private development, etc.). The metaphor also pays respect to the long-standing relationship between the Western Planner and the North Dakota Planning Association and references the historic rail bridge across the Missouri between Bismarck and Mandan, ND.

In addition to the exciting regular sessions filled by talented presenters such as yourself, several mobile tours and special events will occur. These include keynote luncheons, downtown walking tour, tour of Fort Abraham Lincoln, tour of the Capitol grounds, an agricultural economy tour, an awards ceremony, a bicycle tour, a pre-conference social, and softball/cornhole game.

Apply to present: https://www.westernplanner.org/2022-conference

Sponsorship opportunities available: Contact Scott Harmstead for more info SHarmstead@srfconsulting.com

Find out more about Bismarck-Mandan ND: https://www.noboundariesnd.com/

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Training Opportunities

Lake Area Technical College will be offering a new class Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).This 8-week class will meet in person and online every Wednesday for two hours from 11a.m. -1 p.m. starting on July 6th.Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool used for managing, visualizing, and analyzing geographic data. This course introduces fundamental methods of GIS and is designed for beginners with interest in expanding data visualization and spatial analysis skills. During this 8-week series, participants will receive hands-on experience with ArcGIS Pro to explore data, visualize real-world attributes, analyze maps, and communicate spatial information. This course also provides flexibility for the busy learner with access to online and in-person classroom hours. GIS software is being used widely in almost all fields. GIS software is used by individuals, communities, research institutions, environmental scientists, health organizations, land use planners, businesses, and government agencies at all levels. If interested in attending this class please register using the link below:


South Dakota Planners Association

Address: 23 2nd St. NE

Watertown, SD 57201

+1 (605) 882-6202, southdakotaplanners@gmail.com 

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