Annual Conference

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall 2017

Telling Our Story: Leaving Our Legacy
October 10-13
Cragun’s Resort & Conference Center, Brainerd, MN

For our 80th Anniversary gathering, we are so pleased to be returning to the perfect setting of the newly remodeled Cragun’s Resort. The conference committee has been hard at work to provide delegates, students, retirees and associates engaging education opportunities, valuable networking events, and the chance to meet with over 70 informative and innovative vendors during the exhibit hall. We extend sincere gratitude to our amazing sponsors and conference partners, as well as the Annual Conference Committee for helping make the 2017 MRPA conference a great success. Thank you for joining us to celebrate our profession through stories, experiences, and the continuing quest to build lasting legacies throughout the great state of Minnesota. This conference is an exceptional learning opportunity and we encourage all delegates to be active, participate and enjoy all the resources this conference has to offer.

Chris Esser, City of South Saint Paul
Jamie Cassidy, City of Becker
2017 Annual Conference Co-Chairs

Delegate Brochure

Delegate Registration Form

Exhibit Hall Brochure

Sponsorship Package Information

Housing Reservation Form – PDF

Housing Reservation Form – Online

Pre-Conference Institute
OCTOBER 10, 4:00-6:30 PM

Bill Lewis
Leaders must increasingly turn their attention to the millennial generation, whose attitudes and preferences will profoundly reshape workplaces and society. The Gallup organization has recently published research defining a gap between the expectations of this important workforce generation and what leaders currently ascribe to provide. Millennials are a politically independent generation, use the Internet as their primary news source and strive for a life well-lived. They want good jobs — ones with 30-plus hours of work a week and regular paychecks and want to be engaged in those jobs, emotionally and behaviorally connected to them. Millennials also have high expectations for these areas: well-being; career, physical fitness; purposeful living; active community; strong social ties, and financial stability. It’s time to talk and “meet in the middle”.

Bill Lewis is currently the senior consultant for KnowledgePath Consulting. Previously, Bill was a business unit lead coach for Cargill, and also co-owner for OPEX Realization Group, LLC.

Learn more about the dynamic keynote speakers and education sessions available during the 2017 MRPA Annual Conference.  Register early, discounted rates are available until August 15!

About Our Sponsors:


The Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation (MRPF) was established in 1973 and incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in 1974.  MRPF is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Minnesota communities by supporting recreation and parks through educational and networking opportunities, programming grants, student and continuing education scholarships, and support of the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.

Click here to register online.





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