IAP2 USA April 2024 News

From the Executive Director  Erin Zimmermann


As the Skills Symposium draws near, I'm excited to extend a warm invitation to join us from June 24th to 28th in the vibrant Twin Cities of St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Skills Symposium holds a special place in my heart. It was during the Foundations Training at the March 2020 Symposium that I embarked on a transformative journey. Little did I know then that this week would coincide with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, forever etching itself in my memory. As we navigated those uncertain times together, forging connections that transcended mere professional engagements, I witnessed the seeds of leadership being sown among us. Many of those present have since stepped into roles of chapter leadership, assumed positions on the IAP2 Board, or continued to champion participatory practices throughout the nation.

Though much has evolved since that pivotal moment, the spirit of camaraderie and connection remains steadfast. Thanks to the unwavering support of the IAP2 community, these connections have not only endured but have thrived and expanded.

The Skills Symposium offers a unique opportunity to deepen bonds within our professional network. Its structured format enables participants to tailor their experience by selecting from a diverse range of training sessions, each designed to address specific interests and skill sets. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or just embarking on your public participation journey, there's something for everyone.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Midwest Chapter and our partners at MnDOT for their invaluable contributions in bringing this event to fruition and providing enriching opportunities for our members.

Looking forward to coming together once again to learn, grow, and forge new connections at the Skills Symposium.

Warm regards,

Erin Zimmermann, 

Executive Director


IAP2 USA 2024 Skills Symposium Early Registration Ends May 15th! 

Expand your horizons, make meaningful connections, and supercharge your professional growth at the 2024 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium. This year's event is tailored to provide you with unique networking opportunities, in-person learning experiences, and access to small, focused classes.


        June 24-28, 2024


        MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center

        1900 County Road I West

        Shoreview, MN 55126

        Venue hosted by Minnesota Department of Transportation

Boost Your Networking Game

Connect with the best in the field, exchange innovative ideas, and forge lasting partnerships. Here's your chance to:

  • Broaden your professional network
  • Gain insights from industry leaders
  • Engage in thought-provoking discussions

Empower Yourself with In-Person Learning

Dive deep into specialized IAP2 USA Certificate courses, our new IAP2 Elective Courses, and all-new third party courses. Take advantage of:

  • Comprehensive learning in small, focused cohorts
  • IAP2 USA's 2 new elective courses
  • Exclusive access to 5 new additional courses 
  • Expert-guided personal growth opportunities

Book Your Spot Now

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to propel your career forward. Embrace the chance to learn, connect, and grow with the best in the public engagement profession.

Register Today

Member Rate: $300/Day (Before May 15)   --   $350/Day (After May 15)

Non-Member Rate: $325/Day (Before May 15)   --  $375/Day (After May 15)

Schedule at a Glance

Registration Tips

  • Fundamentals of Public participation is a prerequisite for the other orange courses and the blue courses. The grey courses have no prerequisite.
  • Sign up for each course separately. 
  • Only one course can be taken each day. 

We've also got you covered with hotel recommendations

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Saint Paul-Shoreview  (5 miles)

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis North/Blaine   (6 miles)

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Brighton  (3 miles)

SpringHill Suites by Marriott St. Paul Arden Hills   (5 miles)

Register before early registration pricing ends on May 15 

Early Registration Benefits:

  • Discounted Rates: Save $50 dollars a day or $250 for the whole week by registering now. 
  • Priority Access: Early registrants will have priority access to limited-capacity sessions 
  • Exclusive Updates: Stay informed with pre-event insights and updates, helping you to plan your symposium experience to the fullest. 

Don't wait to seize this opportunity. Register today and take a step forward in your public engagement journey

Register Today

IAP2 USA Core Values Awards 2024 Application Deadline May 15

IAP2 USA wants to recognize your achievements with our Core Values Awards.

Each year, IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. The Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.

Share your inspiring projects. Show us you have created positive change, built trust, and engaged your local community in public participation. Core Value Awards applications are due May 15, 2024.

New Application Process for Project Entries

This year we have an exciting new application process for Core Values Awards Project entries. We are piloting a Case Study Format for General Project, Creativity and Innovation and the Respect for Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Awards. 

A Case Study Template is currently in use by IAP2 Australasia and IAP2 Canada in their Core Values Application process. Switching to this format provides a valued resource to IAP2 members in the form of viewable case studies, it aligns us with the other organizations, and it offers a more streamlined and inclusive application process. Get more information and apply by May 15. 

Apply by May 15

IAP2 2024 North American Conference Registration Open

📅 Date: October 24 - 26

📍 Location: Ottawa, Ontario

We hope you join us at the 2024 IAP2 North American Conference: "Building Together: The Role of Community Engagement in Shaping the Future"! Join us in Ottawa, Canada's vibrant capital, for the IAP2 North American Conference (NAC) 2024. This pivotal event takes place at the Shaw Centre in the heart of Ottawa. Hosted by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA, this conference is a call to action for everyone who believes in the power of public participation (P2) to build stronger communities, especially at a time when democratic engagement is more crucial than ever.

Early Bird Registration for the 2024 IAP2 NAC

Register before July 1, 2024 for the 2024 IAP2 North American Conference in Ottawa and enjoy discounted rates!

Register on iap2canada.ca

IAP2 USA's Professional Certification Apply by May 10th