It is our pleasure to see all of you join your peers, colleagues and business partners in Spearfish, SD, for the 2017 Western Planners and South Dakota Planners Association annual conference, being held September 12-15, 2017. The conference theme is “Partners in Progress.” We have worked hard to design an agenda which will inspire and educate all of you! We pulled from AK, CO, FL, ID, MN, MT, ND, OR, SD, WY, OR, and even Nairobi, Kenya to bring you some amazing speakers and create a well rounded agenda!

You can’t beat our beautiful fall weather, amazing views and great hospitality! We will host some downtime to enjoy your fellow planners; have a BBQ; play softball; and take an exciting mobile tour the Sanford Underground Lab (no we will not be going underground!)

Strong Towns President Charles Marohn to give the keynote

Charles Marohn, president of Strong Towns, a national nonprofit working to strengthen financial resilience in America’s towns and cities, will serve as keynote speaker and lead a break out session in Spearfish, SD on September 13, 2017. Read more

Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire: Planner Training (pre-conference)

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the 2017 SDPA/WP Conference in Spearfish, SD we will be offering a pre-conference session presented by Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire for $50. This one-day training taking an in-depth look at how wildfires are affecting western communities and which planning and regulatory tools can reduce the increasing impacts from wildfires. Read more


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