Planning Michigan Conference 2018 | September 20-22, 2018 | Grand Rapids

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Exhibitor Showcase Information

Why Exhibit?

  • We are expecting nearly 1000 attendees through our collaboration with the Michigan Municipal League. 
  • Promote your company to top-level planning decision and land use experts.
  • Registration will be held in the exhibit area, and attendees will walk through the exhibitor area to check in.
  • All exhibitors receive recognition in conference materials and in the Michigan Planner magazine—which is disseminated to the association’s nearly 3,500 members and 120 national APA leaders from around the country.
  • The exhibit booth fee includes one full conference registration—a $390 value!

Who Should Exhibit?

You will want to exhibit if your company provides products or services in one or more of these areas:

  • comprehensive community planning 
  • computer software and systems 
  • consulting 
  • geographic information systems 
  • government services 
  • non-profits related to land use
  • landscape architecture 
  • infrastructure planning
  • community development 
  • surveying and mapping 
  • transportation and transit planning
  • streetscape improvements
  • public utilities
  • hardscape products and play equipment
  • engineering services
  • attorneys
  • demographers

Exhibitor Showcase Schedule

Exhibitor Set-up

Wednesday, September 19 | 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Showcase Hours

Thursday, September 20 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, September 21 | 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Exhibitor Tear-down

Friday, September 21 | 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Booth Information

The fee for an 8’ x10’ booth is $700 for MAP members and $800 for non-members. The booth package includes a 7’ tall draped back wall, 3’ draped side rails, and a 6’ skirted table. The exhibition layout can be found here and is updated periodically to reflect which booths have been reserved.

Exhibitor Showcase Extras

Reserving exhibit space entitles you to these extra benefits:

  • One complimentary registration. You will receive one complimentary non-transferable conference registration for each booth you reserve. Conference registration form attached.
  • Complimentary mailing labels. You will receive electronic labels of all registered attendees (as of September 4) to help you in your promotional efforts prior to the conference. These mailing labels can be used one-time only.
  • Listing in Michigan Planner magazine. Your company will be listed as an exhibitor in the conference issue of the Michigan Planner magazine.
  • Listing in the conference program booklet. A description of your company and its product or service will be printed in the official on-site conference program book.

About The Association

With close to 3,500 members, the Michigan Association of Planning is one of the largest organizations actively working for better-planned communities. The Association brings together professional planners, citizen members of boards and commissions, elected officials, and members of community groups. Our members include elected and appointed officials; planners for cities, townships, regions, and rural areas; practitioners; students and educators and developers.

Terms & Conditions


The following rules and regulations become binding upon acceptance of the contract between applicant, its employees and agents, and the Michigan Association of Planning (the Association), the exhibition managers, and any additions and amendments thereto that may after be established or put into effect by the management.

Space Assignment

Space will be assigned to all applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, in the order in which applications are received. Every effort will be made to assign the exhibitor to one of their chosen spaces; however, the exhibition manager reserves the right to make final space assignments or change space assignments after acceptance of the applications, should it be necessary and/or in the best interest of the exhibitor showcase.  

Payment and Cancellations

  1. Exhibitors canceling must notify the Association in writing.
  2. Exhibitors who cancel no later than September 4 will receive a refund, less a $100 handling fee. Exhibitors who cancel after September 4 will not receive a refund.


  1. Fire regulations require all display material used for decoration to be flameproof. Any and all electrical equipment, including signs and lights, shall be in good, operable condition and able to pass the inspection of the local Fire Marshal. Each exhibitor agrees to be knowledgeable and responsible regarding ordinances and regulations pertaining to health, fire prevention, and public safety while participating in this exhibition.
  2. The use of flammable materials necessary to the purpose of the exhibit, where no other alternative can be used, must first be brought to the attention of the exhibition manager, in writing, not less than fifteen (15) days before the opening of the exhibit for approval.

Exhibit Standards

The Association shall have the right to prohibit any exhibit or part of an exhibit, which in their opinion is not suitable to or in keeping with the character, or purpose of the exhibition. Questionable exhibits shall be modified at the request of the exhibition manager.

Use of Exhibit Space

Exhibitors shall reflect their company's highest standard of professionalism. All demonstrations and exhibits must be confined to the contracted space. No exhibitor shall assign, sublet, or share any part of his space without expressed written consent of the Association.

Early Tear Down of Exhibit

Exhibitors shall observe the posted set-up and tear down schedule.

Hold Harmless

The exhibitor assumes the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages, and claims arriving out of injury or damage to exhibitor's displays, equipment, and other property brought upon the premises of the Hotel and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Hotel, agents, servants, and employees from any and all such losses, damages, and claims.


  1. Neither the Association, the official service contractors, the exhibit facility, nor the members, representatives, and/or employees thereof will be responsible for injury, loss, or damage that may occur to the exhibitor, or to the exhibitor's employees or property, from any cause whatsoever, prior, during, or subsequent to the period covered by this application/contract.
  2. The Association and its agents and employees will not be liable for failure to hold the exhibition as scheduled. Payments for exhibit space will be returned in that event, except that any actual expenses incurred in connection with the exhibition will be deducted if the exhibition is canceled fifteen (15) days or less prior to the opening date because of fire, or any act of God, or the public enemy, or strike, or epidemic, or any law, regulation, or public authority that makes it impossible or impracticable to hold the exhibition.
  3. Exhibitors agree to maintain such insurance that will fully protect the exhibition management from any and all claims of any nature whatsoever, including claims under the Workmen's Compensation Act, and for personal injury, including death, which may arise in connection with the installation, operation, or dismantling of exhibitor's display.
  4. Damage to inadequately packed property is the exhibitor's own responsibility.
  5. Damage to the facility housing the exhibit caused or done by the exhibitor shall be replaced or repaired by the exhibitor. Additionally, the exhibitor agrees to protect, save, and hold harmless The Association and the conference facility of and from all loss and/or damage whatsoever caused to the facility housing the exhibition or any other part thereof, directly or indirectly.
  6. Exhibitors are advised to add to their existing insurance a portal-to-portal rider at a nominal cost, protecting them against the loss/damage to the materials from fire, theft, accident, etc.

Music Licensing

Exhibitors agree to comply with existing regulations relating to music licensing and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Michigan Association of Planning against any claims or expenses arising from noncompliance to these regulations.


The Association shall have sole control over all admissions during exhibit hall hours. All persons visiting the exhibit area will be admitted according to the rules and regulations of the exhibition or as amended by the Association.

Amendments to Regulations

Any and all matters and questions not specifically covered by the articles in this contract shall be subject to the decision of the Association. The aforementioned items covered by this contract may be amended at any time by the Association in the interest of the exhibition, and notice thereof shall be binding on exhibitors equally with the foregoing rules set forth in this contract.