Welcome to the Midwest Chapter!

Geographic Area: We are happy to serve members and friends in the states shown on the map. Our growing membership  is now nearly 180.

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Chapter-hosted Foundations Training

ann Arbor, Michigan: 2020 Dates coming soon

The Midwest Chapter is pleased to present IAP2's Foundations in Effective Public Participation (5 days) in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2020.

Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky

  • Planning for Effective Public Participation (3 days): $525 members
  • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (2 days): $350 members


Planning course description: The landscape of global public participation is changing and a proven framework for public participation is essential. Whether new to the public participation process or an advanced practitioner, this training will provide you with the structure, techniques, and knowledge you need to be successful. The hands-on course provides a proven structure that increases your success. You will delve into your own challenges as you learn the essential elements of effective public participation planning and how to develop a detailed public participation plan. Learn more and register soon. (Note: This course is a prerequisite for Techniques for Effective Public Participation, below.) 

Techniques course description: Once you have completed the planning course you are ready to add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. This module breaks down specific methods, exploring not only what each is, but how and when to use it – the strengths, weaknesses and needed resources. The course combines discussion, presentation, exercises and practice using varying techniques to give you a full understanding of the range of techniques and how to choose, modify and evaluate techniques for the most effective public participation. Learn more and register soon.

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Professional Certification/Credits 

     Thanks for an amazing 2019 Regional Conference in St. Louis!

    Thanks to the 55 Midwest Chapter members and friends, presenters for 10 exceptional sessions, organizers, and volunteers who made this May 2019 Regional Conference a great one!

    It was wonderful to welcome so many people to the pre-conference networking lunch and we had great turnout for the Thursday reception (food and drink included in the modest registration fee!). You made it happen and the only thing better will be...next year!  

    Here are just a few of the glowing session evaluation comments:

    • Session was very enlightening and helpful.
    • Fascinating and very informative, helpful perspective, great format
    • Great discussion and very needed!
    • Inspired me to learn more
    • Wow!!! Amazing teaching. I learned a lot!
    • Great to meet so many peers
    Want more?
    • The presentations from the conference are available here to view and download. Thank you to the presenters who graciously made their presentations available. 
    • Notes from our lunch session are also available to view and download
    • Looking to receive AICP CM credits for the conference? Details are available here
    • Please help us learn from this conference and make our future events even better! We have a brief survey and would very much appreciate your feedback. Access it here. 
    • Keep in touch!! Continue learning and networking with us by joining IAP2 USA and our Midwest Chapter! Your membership comes with all kinds of professional development opportunities and resources. Learn more here

      Photo credits: Images 1, 3, 4, 5 Julianne Stone. Image 2 Anne Carroll


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