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Nov. 1, 2006

UI To Host Planning Association Conference Nov. 2-3

The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association will hold its annual meeting at the University of Iowa on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3. Sponsored in part by the UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, the conference will draw planners, planning commissioners, public officials, private practice planners, builders and developers from around the state to discuss "Making Great Communities Happen."

With 12 conference sessions at the Iowa Memorial Union and two "mobile workshops," the conference will showcase innovative planning efforts happening within Iowa. The conference will open with remarks from Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 2. Later that day, Don Brandes Jr., a nationally recognized, award-winning planner and landscape architect, will deliver a luncheon keynote address. The first day of the conference ends with a reception and awards ceremony in the historic Old Capitol.

Jerry Anthony, UI associate professor of urban and regional planning and one of the conference organizers, said the conference provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between practitioners and academics.

In particular he notes that one of the conference speakers on historic preservation was recruited to the agenda following a connection he made through the UI Engagement Corps. Funded by a Year of Public Engagement Grant and organized by the UI Faculty Senate and UI Speakers Bureau, the Corps sent 15 faculty members to northwest Iowa in May to learn more about the state's geography, economy, culture, government, history, educational systems and social issues.

Glenda Castleberry, the chairperson of SiouxLandmark, Sioux City's historic preservation organization, spoke to the Corps about preservation and led an architectural tour of Sioux City, home of many magnificent examples of both the Prairie School style of architecture, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement. Intrigued by her group's efforts, Anthony invited Castleberry to the UI for the conference, where she will speak on preservation as and economic development tool.

A complete conference schedule is available online

In addition to the UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, conference sponsors include Iowa State University Extension, Regency Land Development Services and Civil Design Advantage.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Jerry Anthony,