Annual Conference

APA Colorado hosts an annual conference in the fall of each year and is considered the premier learning and networking event for planners in Colorado. The conference typically runs Wednesday through Saturday and offers multiple professional development sessions that are eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, as well as networking and social events. In recent years, over 50 CM credits have been requested and approved by APA for the state conference for sessions, workshops, and mobile tours. Conference attendance varies based on location and economic indicators, but over the last few years attendance has averaged 340 since 2007. We always appreciate our sponsors who have helped make the event bigger and better each year. For specific information on the 2015 Conference in Steamboat Springs or the 2016 Conference in Colorado Springs visit the respective webpages.

Selection Process:  The conference is held in various communities throughout the state. A list of locations by year is provided below. The location of the conference is chosen by the APA Colorado Board of Directors through an RFP process. APA Colorado currently contracts with Conference Direct to acquire competitive bids for each conference. Target communities are chosen two to three years out from the conference date and an RFP is delivered to conference facilities and hotels that can accommodate the event. All submitted proposals are then reviewed by the Chapter Administrator and the top proposals are taken to the Board for consideration. APA Colorado may also request a letter of interest from the targeted communities to identify those with a strong interest in hosting the conference.

Although APA Colorado would love to hold its conference in every Colorado community, our location options are limited by the conference space and lodging required for our organization. In many cases, our organization is too large for local facilities. In other cases, our organization and event needs are too small to meet state and national demands for popular sites.

  • 1992 - Breckenridge
  • 1993 - Pueblo
  • 1994 – Vail
  • 1995 – Telluride (4 corners)
  • 1996 – Colorado Springs
  • 1997 -
  • 1998 - Estes Park
  • 1999 - Breckenridge
  • 2000 – Westminster (big issue was Amendment 24, huge turnout for the annual meeting which had to be moved to accommodate over 100 members)
  • 2001 – Aspen (September 19th, 8 days after 9/11)
  • 2002 - Grand Junction
  • 2003 - National Conference in Denver - no state conference
  • 2004 – Vail
  • 2005 – Ft. Collins (attendees received a commemorative beer glass)
  • 2006 – Telluride (nice snow, and great dodge ball game with students against the rest)
  • 2007 – Colorado Springs
  • 2008 – Breckenridge (joint conference with ASLA)
  • 2009 – Estes Park
  • 2010 – Steamboat Springs
  • 2011 – Denver – Planners Day Camp
  • 2011 - Santa Fe Four Corners & Western Planner
  • 2012 – Snowmass Village
  • 2013 – Vail
  • 2014 – Crested Butte
  • 2015 – Steamboat Springs
  • 2016 - Colorado Springs
  • 2017 - Telluride
  • 2018 - Keystone
  • 2019 - TBD
  • 2020 - Vail

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