[ApaIllinois] APA-IL ISS 2013 Fall Conference Final Program & Registration!

Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor editor at ilapa.org
Thu Aug 29 21:08:47 CDT 2013

 APA-APA-IL ISS 2013 Fall Conference
The Main Event
"Keeping your Main Street in the Spotlight"

September 25-27, 2013

The Falls Reception & Conference Center
300 Admiral Weinel Blvd. Columbia, IL 62236


 Since the earliest days of the nation, American Main Streets have been the 
center stage for community life, portraying what is best and most attractive 
about each city or village. This conference will explore ways that many Illinois 
communities are returning Main Street to center stage with the assistance of 
professional planners (and some talented amateurs) as directors.  This 
conference features sessions in two general categories: Main Street and Best 
Practices. Here's a sampling of what we have planned:

Keynote Speakers

Friday Breakfast Speaker Becky McCray: Liquor store owner and cattle rancher is 
not the job description for an APA conference speaker, is it? McCray co-founded 
Tourism Currents in 2009 to bring social media skills to tourism, to help people 
put their town on the map. (CM | 1)

Friday Lunch Keynote Speaker Stephen B. Friedman: Economic Development in the 
Old and New Economies
This presentation will share “A Tale of Two Economies” and examine approaches to 
economic development in a changing environment. Mr. Friedman and Mr. Baker will 
discuss success stories as well as lessons learned from the opportunities that 
got away. (CM | 1)


Thursday Reception at the Historic Monroe County Welcome Center (formerly 
Shoemaker School) The Monroe County Welcome Center is a multi-purpose facility that combines a 
commemorative plaza, tourist information center and museum in a renovated 
1867-vintage one room school. Learn about this unique facility’s interesting 
past, present and future as you enjoy refreshments and music.

Friday Mobile Workshop: Rock City Tour. Rock City has today become southern Illinois’ ultimate recycling project. 
Shuttered since the 1980s, the limestone caves found in the bluffs near Valmeyer 
are now being transformed into a temperature and humidity controlled business 
complex with approximately six million square feet of space for tenants like the 
National Archives and supermarket cold storage distribution. (CM | 1)

Ethics and Law CM Credits

Thursday Ethics & Development Incentives. Ted Shekell, City of O’Fallon; Amber 
Miller, City of Fairview Heights; Matt Brandmeyer, Madison County; Libby Tyler, 
PhD, FAICP, City of Urbana; and Courtney Kashima, Farr Associates. (CM | 1.5 

Friday Legal Sessions: The Illinois Plat Act: Scott Hanson, AICP, City of 
Edwardsville & Mitchell Bair, AICP, City of Collinsville (CM | 1.5 Law)
and Group Home Zoning: How to Comply With the Fair Housing Act. Daniel Lauber, 
AICP (CM | 1.5 Law).

Don't Forget!

The 2013 APA-IL Awards Ceremony for downstate winners will be held on Thursday. 
Stay tuned to for an announcement regarding this year's winners.

sure to attend the pre-conference events on Wednesday, September 25th! Learn 
about One STL, where Illinois' best bike ride is, and what makes Reifschneider's 
Grill & Grape famous!

For questions about the conference, please contact Conference Chair, Paul Ellis, 
AICP at pellis at columbiaillinois.com 
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