[ApaIllinois] 2012 APA-IL State Conference HOTEL RATE INCREASES AFTER NEXT WEEK!

Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
Thu Aug 9 15:01:27 CDT 2012





1 More Week to Reserve your Hotel Room at Discount Rates!
Click here to reserve your hotel room at a discount rate. The discount rate is available until August 17th. APA-IL was able to negotiate a lower price for your hotel stay at the Hilton Garden in Champaign, IL. Book your hotel room before Friday, August 17th to get the special conference rate of $119 (single) or $129 (double). 

Updated Online Program Available!
Conference session information has been updated with dates & times. Check out the program webpage to see which topics will interest you at this year’s conference in Champaign-Urbana. Also remember that APA-IL is once again offering a unique track developed specifically for plan commissioners and other appointed officials on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Click here for more information. 

Take Part in Several Fun Activities While in Champaign-Urbana
Your time in Champaign-Urbana does not have to be only about learning - there are also several social events occurring during the conference and many local events after the conference for you to enjoy (and most are free!). Make it a weekend to remember! 

Thursday Morning, September 20, 2012
5K Fun Run/Walk (FREE)                                                                                     
Join us on a three mile run or walk through residential neighborhoods and parks. The route can easily be adapted based on pace and desired return time. There is no fee to participate in this event. Meet in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn at 7:00 a.m. Wear comfortable walking/running shoes and clothing

Friday Morning, September 21, 2012
10-Mile Guided Bike Tour of Champaign-Urbana (FREE)                                      
Explore C-U on two wheels by joining us on a 10mi bicycle ride with the president of the local bicycle advocacy organization and an Urbana Alderman who is an avid bicyclist. Explore picturesque residential neighborhoods, scenic parks, and the beautiful University of Illinois campus. The ride will also include some of Champaign-Urbana’s recent bicycle infrastructure improvements.

Participants will need to bring their own bikes and helmets. Wear comfortable bicycling shoes and clothing. 

If you would like to participate but are unable to bring your own bicycle, please contact Rebecca Bird at rlbird at urbanaillinois.us to see if we can find you a spare bike.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Farmer’s Market                                                                                                
While there is no official ranking of farmers’ markets in Illinois, Urbana’s Market at the Square is widely considered to be one of the best and largest producer-only markets in the state. The weekly farmers’ market in Urbana has fresh produce, meat, and dairy products, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, coffee and tea, art and crafts, live music and much more! And, if you’re hungry while you’re visiting the market, you’re in luck – there is quite an array of food trucks, serving everything from Belgian waffles to fried egg sandwiches, burritos, and ice cream. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Illini Football Game (Illinois V. Louisiana Tech)                                               
Did you know that the University of Illinois Football team will be playing against Louisiana Tech on the Saturday after the conference? Join other Illini fans in a tailgate and celebrate the end of the conference in a laid back and social environment. Just remember that the conference hotel may be booked for Friday and Saturday night and other arrangements will need to be made if staying for the game. 



Still looking for more fun and excitement in C-U? 
Visit the conference website at ilapa.org for more local events.



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