Call for Presentations are OPEN.

Submissions are due Tuesday, May 31, 2022 by 6pm Central Time.

This year we will only be accepting submission forms electronically. Before completing the submission form online, please review the 2022 worksheet reference link below to make sure you have all of the necessary information before starting the online submission process.

2022 Submission Form

2022 Worksheet for Reference (please review this link prior to starting submission form)

APA CM Eligibility Criteria

** In 2022, we will be in person, and it is expected that each presenter be in person during their presentation in Duluth, MN. We are working out details to see which sessions will be offered virtually. More info to come on this.**

We offer four different presentation formats as outlined below. 

General Sessions
Presenters will have approximately one hour to present and answer questions. We encourage sessions to embrace the three i's:

  • Innovative: While many are eager to share comprehensive plan updates, we are seeking session topics that are new and exciting. Topics should focus on emerging planning trends, social equity, planning case law, planning ethics, or innovative tools and technologies.
  • Interactive: Attendees are looking for more than just powerpoint presentations. As part of your proposal, describe how the presentation is going to be interactive. Interactive sessions may include activities such as team building exercises, mini-design charrettes, group activities, etc. 
  • Informative: Sessions should be eligible for CM credits. The following link provides more information on 
  • CM eligibility:

Speed Sessions

These highly engaging 10-minute sessions are always a popular attraction at any conference.  Speed sessions are also a great way for new speakers to get involved in conference speaking.  Speakers will be asked to prepare at least one poster board to showcase their project or topic. Speakers will also be asked to present their poster board approximately four to five times in the course of 1-1 1/2 hours. 

Fast, Funny, Passionate

A variety of panelists will be assembled to present on similar topics. Panelists will be asked to give a brisk 7-minute presentation that can be serious, funny or creative. Sessions proposals should focus on a project, a planning passion, or a short visual essay from a personal point of view. If needed, presenters can provide up to five powerpoint slides to showcase their topic.

Mobile Tours

Mobile tours are an opportunity for attendees to explore the host community and surrounding area and learn about local issues and projects. Mobile tours should be at least one hour in length but can be longer. (Offsite)


Submitters are asked to submit presentations that address issues related to the following topics.  Presentations must align with at least one and no more than three topics.

Career Development Health Planning Methods & Tools
Community Revitalization Historic Preservation Plans
Demographics Housing Policy Public Participation
Economic Development Land Use Public Service Delivery
Energy Law Social Justice & Equity
Ethics Natural Resources/ Environment Sustainability
Finance Parks & Recreation Transportation
Food Systems Partnerships & Agreements Urban Design
Government Planning History & Theory Zoning & Ordinances