2016 WESTERN PLANNER & MONTANA ASSOCIATION OF PLANNERS JOINT CONFERENCE
Landscapes, Landmarks, and Leadership
This year’s event took place August 10- 12, 2016, at the Civic Center in Great Falls, Montana. Download the Schedule
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsors of the conference made such a valuable contribution in helping us put on a first class event.
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.
On July 9, the conference will be preceded by a world class training on how communities can plan to address wildfire hazards.
This summer’s conference will be held in one of Great Falls’ five historic districts - The Railroad District.