The 2017 Kansas APA Spring Symposium Meets Agritourism

APA Kansas Chapter


Friday, April 21, 2017
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CDT

Leavenworth, KS, United States

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The 2017 Spring Symposium will focus on the rising popularity of agritourism in the State of Kansas and the relationships among these business owners/operators, planners, and state and local officials. Participants will have a chance to tour three locations that represent common agritourism activities including a farm winery, you-pick-it produce farms, and event barns. What makes these activities successful in business and as good neighbors? In addition to touring these businesses while discussing their unique challenges for planning departments, a presentation and panel discussion will be held featuring agritourism business owners, state tourism officials, and local planning officials from two separate areas of the state with different development characteristics. The focus of the discussion will be on the challenges of accommodating agritourism and potential strategies for planners to prepare for those challenges.

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Monty Wedel

Monty Wedel, AICP Monty is the Director of Planning & Development for Riley County, Kansas and has served in that capacity since 1984. He has been involved in a variety of projects over that time span including numerous comprehensive plans, strategic plans, specialized plans, building projects, grant-writing/administration, program development and ... Read More

Jay Schwinn

Jay brings a broad and unique perspective to the agritourism industry. As an entrepreneur, in 2011 Jay and his brother established an agritourism wedding venue, The Barn at Schwinn Produce Farm. This spring, Jay along with his cousin will open Salt Creek Valley Agriventures, a you-pick produce and education farm ... Read More

Sue Stringer

Sue Stringer A 30-year employee of the State of Kansas, Sue is the Manager of Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism Programs for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. In this capacity, she has given workshops across Kansas about the Agritourism program and managed over 325 registered businesses within ... Read More

Erik Pollom

Erik Pollom, AICP Erik has been a member of the APA-KS Executive Committee since 2012. His planning experience includes serving as Planning Director for Miami County, Kansas, and as a senior planner for the cities of Olathe and Gardner. Currently Erik is the Planning and Demographic Research Coordinator for Blue ... Read More

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