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Everyone is impacted by how land is used. Land Use describes a decision-making process used to determine how land should be developed to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and government. Building mixed-use developments, adding more bike lanes and walking paths, or zoning land for commercial development are examples of just some of the ways land can be developed to meet community needs.

From basic to advanced core content, to special and emerging topics, the Land Use Training and Education Program is designed to provide opportunities for elected and appointed officials, land use planning and zoning staff, the business community, community-based organizations, and concerned citizens from cities, suburbs, towns, and rural areas to engage in conversations and collaborative learning that will drive toward equitable and sustainable land use outcomes.


COVID-19 Notice: GTS Educational Events is proceeding with safety as a top priority. We are closely following the CDC guidelines, local and state public health authorities and US State Department/Federal Government rules related to the COVID-19 virus. We recognize the situation is fluid and changing daily, and we will update our conference plans accordingly, moving to a virtual format if necessary. 

Should these circumstances necessitate event cancellation, we will be offering full refunds to registered attendees less a $5 administration fee. Should these circumstances necessitate movement to a virtual format, registrants will be refunded the difference between the in-person and virtual format.

In the case of weather or these circumstances, notification will be posted on the GTS website and social media accounts, and registrants will be notified via email. Registrants who wish to cancel their registration at least 3 days prior to the event will receive a full refund less a $5 administration fee.

Thanks to our 2020 Partner Sponsor!

Upcoming Conferences

2020 Regional Land Use Conferences 

Twin Cities Metro – Monday, October 12 & Tuesday, October 13

Shoreview Community Center – 4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126


North Central – Monday, October 26 & Tuesday, October 27

Resource Training & Solutions – 137 23rd St S #201, Sartell, MN 56377


South Central – Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30

South Central Service Cooperative – 2075 Lookout Dr, North Mankato, MN 56003

About GTS Educational Events

If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.