Spring Conference

The APWA-MN Spring Conference is held annually in central Minnesota. Typically, the conference is a three-day event focused on leadership and management issues, and offers hours toward professional continuing education requirements. However, in 2021, the conference will be held virtually and will still offer hours toward professional continuing education requirements.

Join your colleagues May 6-7 for the 2021 APWA-MN Spring Conference. Offered virtually, attendees can earn 7.0 PDHs while learning from exceptional presenters on a variety of timely and important topics. In keeping with spring conference tradition, community service projects will be offered on Thursday afternoon at a number of locations. Also a spring conference tradition, the chapter will host a networking and social event at French Regional Park in Plymouth. We hope you can join us!


Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7


8am - Noon both days (education sessions)


$130/members  |  $150/non-members


Register by May 3


7.0 PDHs


Download the conference brochure for full session descriptions, conference details and information about available community service projects and the Thursday chapter social event.

Registration Links
Because there are different conference elements this year, separate registrations are required for the conference education sessions, community service projects, and the chapter networking/social event. Complete registration(s) for those conference elements you are interested in.

Conference Registration (May 6-7 education sessions; $130/members or $150/non-members)

Community Service Project Registration (no cost; note event waiver below)

Chapter Networking/Social Event Registration (no cost) 

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, May 6
8:00 am    Welcome, APWA National Update
8:30 am    Still Standing (John Kriesel)
9:45 am    Retaining Employees by Building an Inclusive Work Environment (Sonja Simpson,
                 Michael Birchard, Patience Ferguson)

11:40 am  APWA-MN Chapter Business Updates & Future Events
1:00 pm    Community Service Projects (separate registration required - see link above)
4:00 pm    Chapter Social and Networking Event (separate registration required - see link above)

Friday, May 7
8:00 am     Attracting Tomorrow's Talent with Today's Leaders (Steve Bench)
10:15 am   MnDOT Update (Mike Ginnaty and Mary Schmidt)
11:15 am   Make Your Vote Count (Sen. Ann Johnson Stewart, Kristin Asher, Greg Stonehouse)
12:05 pm   Closing Remarks
12:15 pm   Adjourn

APWA-MN Event Participation Waiver
Registrations for community service projects require acceptance of the waiver below as part of the registration form.

By registering for this event, I agree to waive all claims and fully relieve the American Public Works Association (APWA), the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association and all officers, agents or employees of APWA from liability in connection with my participation in the event outlined above in the event of injury, accident, illness or death, including any such result occurring from exposure to coronavirus or infection of COVID-19, occurring during or by reason of my participation in this event so long as due diligence is exercised.

Conference Questions:

Mary Detloff, CAE, Crescendo Consulting Solutions
Conference Planning Consultant

Registration Questions:
Pat Schutrop, APWA-MN Chapter Assistant

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