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Join Us in Butte!

As we explore past lessons, we will also look to the future and how the decisions we make today will shape the world of tomorrow. Join us as we discuss the opportunities and challenges we face in this ever-changing world.

Book your stay at the Finlen Hotel and Motor Inn by Aug 18!

To book:

  • Call the hotel @ (406) 640-4617 and mentioning that you are attending the conference.

To book online:

  • Go to
  • Click “Book”
  • Click “Advanced” and Choose “I have a group number” from the dropdown menu
  • Enter mtplanner
  • Choose room type and enter required guest info to book

Rooms are limited so book now! Other hotel options close to the conference include: Miners Hotel, Copper King Mansion and The Motel 6.

Call for Presenters!

The Call for Presenters for the 2023 MAP Conference in Uptown Butte, Montana is now open. Share your projects, ideas, and experience, as we explore the past to plan for the future.

We will be hosting standard 1.25 hours sessions, as well as deep dive sessions and a competitive poster session. Deep dive sessions include workshops, charrettes, or tours in the following themes that last between 2.5 hours and 4 hours.

Session Tracks

Track I: Explore the Past

Before moving forward, it’s important to learn from the past. This track will focus on what we should know about our past as planners and how past experience can guide current planning action. Session examples might include exploring a historic site, past creative public engagement efforts or lessons learns from a particular planning initiative. Whether it is about planning success stories or bungled efforts, these planning sessions should celebrate the important learning process of looking to our past.

Track II: Head to the Future

In lieu of a flux capacitor, lets come together and leverage the tools of planning to shape a brighter future for our communities. This track will explore all the different ways planners in Montana strive to anticipate future community outcomes and minimize negative consequences. Examples from this track might include long-range planning projects, innovative planning methods and planning to increase the health and equity in Montana.

Track III: Hover Boards and DeLorean’s

While hover crafts might not be in Montana’s immediate future, this track is about all thing’s transportation and connectivity. Sessions will focus on the ways we move around our communities and the infrastructure networks get us there. Sessions might explore innovative community connectivity projects, exploring transportation networks or trail systems, or active or alternative transportation projects.

Law and Ethics:

We will accept proposals on ethics or law that meet the AICP requirements for those topics. Please plan on these sessions being 1.5 hours. Please visit for additional information on the content needed to meet law and ethics requirements.

Conference Sponsors

We are looking for sponsors to support the 2023 MAP conference in Butte. This is a great way to promote your company or organization with planning professionals around the state, as well as support planning education in Montana. Explore the sponsorship options below and sign up to be an essential part of the annual MAP conference.