Spring Conference

The APWA-MN Spring Conference is held annually in central Minnesota. The conference is typically a three-day event focused on leadership and management education and networking and offers hours towards professional continuing education requirements. In 2021, the conference was held virtually. 

Join Us May 11-13 at Grand View Lodge for the 2022 Spring Conference! 

Register: https://bit.ly/357Gm0A
Location: Grand View Lodge, Nisswa
Fee: $595 members  |  $645 non-members  - Includes meals and breaks (NEW in 2022), education sessions and materials
Lodging: Reserve lodging directly with Grand View Lodge. Scroll down for rates and details.
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2022

Download the conference brochure for full session descriptions and conference details. 

The chapter has a great conference in store, starting with an inspirational keynote presentation from Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, a mission specialist astronaut and veteran of two space shuttle flights. A St. Paul native, engineer and Naval officer, Heide will share her inspirational journey and highlights of her experiences in space. Thursday, we'll learn about inclusion and hear from chapter committees and APWA national and chapter leaders. We're looking forward to the chapter service project at the Northland Arboretum, too. The conference will conclude Friday with sessions on the Fence Consortium, public works funding, and the impact of pandemics on public works. Of course, there will be plenty of time for networking and recreation on the shores of Gull Lake, including a four-person scramble golf event Wednesday morning.

Schedule At a Glance

Wednesday, May 11
11:00 am   Golf Event (separate registration required – see General Information page of the
                  conference brochure for details)

3:00 pm     Registration and Check-In
5:00 pm     Reception
6:00 pm     Dinner
6:45 pm     Welcome and Keynote: My Story (Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, Captain, US Navy, retired
                  and NASA astronaut)

Thursday, May 12
                  Breakfast in Main Lodge
8:00 am     Welcome
8:05 am     Fostering Inclusive Behaviors: Essential Skills for Managers, Supervisors and Leaders
9:45 am     Essential Inclusion Skills: Addressing Exclusionary Behaviors in Your Teams and Crews
11:15 am   Education & Training Committee Presentations
11:45 am   Chapter Business Meeting
12:15 pm   Lunch
1:30 pm     Chapter Service Project at The Northland Arboretum
6:15 pm     Reception
7:00 pm     Dinner

Friday, May 13
                  Breakfast in Main Lodge
9:00 am     Welcome
9:05 am     Fence Consortium: How Minnesota Communities are Planning for Potential Civil Unrest
9:30 am     Infrastructure Funding
11:00 am   Pandemics and Public Works
Noon         Lunch
1:00 pm     Adjourn


Grand View Lodge has set aside a number of cabins and rooming options for APWA-MN conference attendees. View cabins in the APWA-MN room block herecabins circled in red are included in our room block. Include any specific cabin request in the Special Requests section of your reservation.

Lodging reservations must be made directly with Grand View Lodge using this link: https://grandviewlodge.formstack.com/forms/apwaspring2022Make your lodging reservations no later than April 11, 2022; space may not be available after this date. Disability accommodations are available upon request; contact Grand View Lodge at 866.801.2951.

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN 2022: Grand View Lodge has changed their conference billing policies. As a result, APWA-MN must collect meal fees from conference attendees instead of attendees paying Grand View Lodge a combined meal and lodging fee as in the past. This year, the cost of meals will be included in the conference registration fee and is paid to APWA-MN. Lodging reservations, made directly with Grand View Lodge, are paid separately. 

What this means for you: You’ll pay APWA-MN for meals as part of your conference registration fee instead of paying Grand View Lodge. As a result, the amount paid to APWA-MN has increased to accommodate the cost of meals. Conversely, the fee paid to Grand View Lodge has decreased because it only includes the cost of lodging (no meals). 

Lodging rates per night: $139/single occupancy  |  $79/double occupancy

Note: In multi-bedroom units, single occupancy is defined as one person per bedroom/bathroom while sharing common living areas. Double occupancy is defined as two people per bedroom and sharing a bathroom. In multi-bedroom units, the reservation will be charged for all bedrooms within the unit whether or not they are occupied. Single bedroom units occupied by one person will be charged the single occupancy rate. Single bedroom units with two beds can be occupied by two people, each billed the double occupancy rate. 


Mary Detloff, CAE, Crescendo Consulting Solutions
Conference Planning Consultant


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