Obtain CM credits from the 2016 WP/MAP Conference

Obtain CM credits from the 2016 WP/MAP Conference

Good news for all of you waiting for the CM credits to be posted from this year's Joint Western Planner/MAP Conference. They are up!

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Large Landscapes and Quality of Life: Gaining a Competitive Economic Advantage

Large Landscapes and Quality of Life:  Gaining a Competitive Economic Advantage

Nick Kaufman with WGM Group, Inc. and Andrew Hagemeier, AICP, with Land Solutions LLC provided an interesting session at the Western Planners Conference relating to an individual’s  “choice” of where they want to live, work and enjoy life.  

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The Promise of Full Ecology: Planning and Sustainability Lessons from the Natural World

The Promise of Full Ecology: Planning and Sustainability Lessons from the Natural World

In his keynote address, best-selling author Gary Ferguson offered a powerful view of the planning profession through the lens of what he calls “full ecology” – a means of moving forward by grounding our work in the some of the most profound, yet often overlooked sustainability lessons from the natural world.

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Education or Enforcement? What is Our Role as Planners?

Education or Enforcement? What is Our Role as Planners?

Mark Willmarth, Training and Development Coordinator for the City of Great Falls, MT, was a very interesting, energetic and honest speaker. He started out the session by stating “Put the technology down. ” This got everyone’s attention and then he started by challenging all of us to really listen.

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Landscapes, Landmarks, and Leadership

Landscapes, Landmarks, and Leadership

My interested was piqued by a session called, “The Quirky Planner: We All Approach the World Differently.” Throughout the world of government, there is a movement to address Leadership and what it means to all of us. 

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Mobile Tour: Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center: A Facility Years in the Making

Mobile Tour: Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center: A Facility Years in the Making

Andrea Tavegia, Manager of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, gave planners a tour and discussed the history, planning, and construction of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. 

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Sponsors of the conference made such a valuable contribution in helping us put on a first class event.

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Conference Highlights

Conference Highlights

Conference highlights include Sheila Rice with NeighborWorks. And not to mention a reception in the  C.M. Russell Museum, one of the nation’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. 

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One Day Training Only – Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Training

One Day Training Only – Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Training

On July 9, the conference will be preceded by a world class training on how communities can plan to address wildfire hazards.

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Explore the historic districts in Great Falls this summer

Explore the historic districts in Great Falls this summer

This summer’s conference will be held in one of Great Falls’ five historic districts - The Railroad District. 

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Keynote – Gary Ferguson

Keynote – Gary Ferguson

Bestselling national author Gary Ferguson will tie the elements of our conference theme together in a keynote speech

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Event Location and Lodging Options

Event Location and Lodging Options

The conference will be held at the historic Civic Center, located downtown. And there are plenty of great lodging options for Great Falls.

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ABOUT GREAT FALLS

ABOUT GREAT FALLS

Resting on the high plains along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front Range, Great Falls is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Sun Rivers. 

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