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. 

Join Us May 8-10 at Grand View Lodge for the 2024 Spring Conference! 

Register: https://bit.ly/4achC39  
Location: Grand View Lodge, Nisswa
Fee: $595 members  |  $645 non-members  - Includes meals (Wednesday dinner through Friday breakfast) and breaks, education sessions and materials
Lodging: Reserve lodging directly with Grand View Lodge. Scroll down for rates and details. 
Lodging Deadline: April 8, 2024
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2024

Download the conference brochure for full session descriptions and conference details - scroll down for Schedule at a Glance.

The Conference Planning Committee has again created an outstanding Spring Conference program! Education sessions will feature many timely topics, including leadership, equitable management, infrastructure funding and legislative updates, and workforce development. We're looking forward to two chapter service projects on Thursday afternoon: revitalization of a Brainerd park and making tied blankets for children in need. As always, there will be plenty of time for networking and recreation on the shores of Gull Lake, including a four-person scramble golf event and mountain biking on Wednesday prior to conference kick-off.


The April 8 lodging deadline for the APWA-MN room block has passed. Contact Grand View Lodge directly for lodging reservations.

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 here; cabins circled in red are included in our room block and available as of March 18, 2024. 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/apwa_spring_conference_2024. Disability accommodations are available upon request; contact Grand View Lodge at 866.801.2951.

Make your lodging reservations no later than April 8, 2024; space may not be available after this date.

Lodging rates per night: $152++/single occupancy  |  $96++/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. 

Schedule At a Glance
Wednesday, May 8
11:00 am: Golf Event (The golf event is full as of 4/20 – contact Nick Egger at nicholas.egger@gmail.com to be added to the wait list)
1:00 pm: Mountain Biking
3:00 pm: Registration and Check-In
4:30 pm: Young Professionals Happy Hour
5:00 pm:   Reception
6:00 pm:   Dinner
6:45 pm:  Welcome and Keynote: Leadership: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 
Thursday, May 9
Breakfast in Main Lodge
8:00 am: Welcome
8:05 am: Leadership 101: Personality, Group Dynamics, and Leadership Lessons 
9:50 am: Making Equity Real by Being an Inclusive Manager
10:50 am: Education & Training Committee Presentations | Recognition of Leadership Academy Graduates
11:20 am: Chapter Business Meeting 
Noon: Lunch
1:30 pm: Chapter Service Projects: Mills Field Revitalization or Tied Blankets for Project Linus
6:15 pm: Reception 
7:00 pm: Design-Your-Own Dinner and Trivia Up North with Chris and Eric
Friday, May 10
Breakfast in Main Lodge
9:00 am:   Welcome
9:05 am:   Reacting to the MN Advisory Council on Infrastructure
10:40 am:   Workforce Development in Public Works
Noon:   Adjourn
Mary Detloff, CAE, Crescendo Consulting Solutions
Conference Planning Consultant


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