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2018 Conference – Springfield, Missouri

If you haven’t already, go ahead and mark your calendar for July 29 – Aug. 2. That’s when we’ll gather at the University Plaza Hotel in downtown Springfield, Mo. for the 80th year of the ACI Conference.

This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: An Integrated Communications Approach.” Conference Coordinator Heather Feeler and the staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation are hard at work planning a slate of world-class speakers, engaging topics, educational sponsors, exciting outdoor experiences and a chance to see some of Springfield’s best attractions. From our hotel, it’s an easy walk to local restaurants, retail shops and the Springfield Cardinals Stadium.

Updates (as of 06/11/18)

  • AgendaIcon of ACI 2018 Agenda_v03 ACI 2018 Agenda_v03 (2.6 MiB)
  • Register for the Conference 
  • Reserve your room – just $89/night, breakfast included.
    • Note: If the University Plaza hotel is booked, or does not have the days you need available, we also have a block of rooms within walking distance at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Springfield (block is under ACI). Call 417-522-0250 to make a reservation.
  • Shuttle Service – The University Plaza Hotel offers a free airport shuttle service from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. If you know your flight’s arrival time when you book your room you can make pickup arrangements then. Otherwise, call 417-864-7333 after you pick up your baggage to arrange for pickup.
  • ACI Auction – What are YOU bringing?


Sponsorship information is available in the document below, or contact Heather at


Need help in persuading your supervisor to let you attend this worthwhile conference? Here’s a letter that lays out all the benefits. Feel free to use/modify accordingly.

ACI Conference Planning Guide

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Future ACI Conferences

Kay Ellerhoff, ACI’s outstanding Conference Futures Chair, has lined up the following locations for future conferences (subject to change):

2019 – Georgia/South Carolina

2020 – New Mexico

2021 – New Jersey

2022 – Open

2023 – Open

2024 – Michigan

Past ACI Conferences

2017Nashville, Indiana
2016Lake Tahoe, Nevada
2015Flagstaff, Arizona
2014 Nebraska City, Nebraska
2013Midway, Utah
2012Shepherdstown, West Virginia
2011Cincinnati, Ohio
2010Louisville, Kentucky
2009Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2008Nashville, Tennessee
2007Lenox, Massachussetts
2006Orlando, Florida
2005Ogden, Utah
2004New Orleans, Louisiana
2003Cody, Wyoming
2002 Shepherdstown, West Virginia
2001Cape May, New Jersey
2000Reno, Nevada
1999Hot Springs, Arkansas
1998 Austin, Texas
1997Put-In-Bay, Ohio
1996Jackson, Wyoming
1995St. Paul, Minnesota
1994 Newport, Oregon
1993Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1992 Sun Valley, Idaho
1991Gaylord, Michigan
1990 San Antonio, Texas
1989 Jackson, Wyoming
1988Steamboat Springs, Colorado
1987Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1986 Jackson, Wyoming
1985 Williamsburg, Virginia
1984Illinois Beach, Illinois
1983Burlingame, California
1982Sitka/Juneau, Alaska
1981Poconos, Pennsylvania
1980Nashville, Tennessee
1979Flathead Lake, Montana
1978Winnipeg, Manitoba
1977 Lafayette, Louisiana
1976Atlanta, Georgia
1975Portland, Oregon
1974Annapolis, Maryland
1973Hot Springs, Arkansas
1972 Salt Lake City, Utah
1971Springfield, Missouri
1970Cody, Wyoming
1969Bar Harbor, Maine
1968Victoria, British Columbia
1967Hot Springs, Arkansas
1966Sun Valley, Idaho
1965Austin, Texas
1964Omaha, Nebraska
1963Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1962Sylvan Lake, South Dakota
1961Miami Beach, Florida
1960Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania
1959Eagle River, Wisconsin
1958Biloxi, Mississippi
1957Glenwood Springs, Colorado
1956New Orleans, Louisiana
1955Asilomar, California
1954Gatlinburg, Tennessee
1953Galveston, Texas
1952Itasca Park, Minnesota
1951Mt. Hood, Oregon
1950Edgewater Gulf, Mississippi
1949Leesville Lake, Ohio
1948Fox Lake, Illinois
1947Higgins Lake, Michigan
1946(ACI suspended activity during World War II)
1942Pickwick, Tennessee
1941Bennett Springs, Missouri
1940Pigeon River, Michigan
1939Put-In-Bay, Ohio

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