APRIL Logo with the words, "The United Voice  of Independent Living in Rural America."

REGISTRATION CLOSED Friday October 11th for all conference activities!

25th Annual APRIL Conference Power of Rural half moon and star

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 25th-28th, 2019 for our 25th Anniversary Conference

"The Power of Rural"

Youth Conference: "Reflect, Learn, Act"

Preconference an IL-NET event presented by ILRU: "Achieving Operational Excellence through Risk Management"



Amway Grand Hotel

Room Rate: 119/night+ tax

Note: Preconference and Youth Conference on October 25th, Main Conference October 26th-28th 



OUR ROOM BLOCK IS NOW FULL! There are overflow options available:

JW Marriott is the closest and connected by sky-walk.
The next two closest is either the Hyatt Place which is brand new and just opened in August which is a few blocks east of the hotel.
The next would be the Courtyard by Marriott which is also connected by sky-walk but is a few blocks south of the hotel.



People can make reservations online at http://readyridegr.com/book.htm or by phone at 616-261-2400. The pick-up address is Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the destination is Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Please mention “Amway Grand Plaza”, to get the correct rate.


Learn About the Area 


Things to Do

 Downtown Area Shuttle Map.

Find the free bus routes that run around the Amway Grand Hotel. This is a PDF file. Click Here.



(Please note this agenda is a work in progress)

Preconference day Friday: October 25th 2019

Saturday October 26th, 2019

Sunday October 27, 2019

Monday October 28th 2019

Join Us At the Conference

 Important Conference hotel and transportation information


Support the Conference

25th Annual Conference Support Form

Billy holding table in room decorated like oval officeStatue of Rosa ParksFountain with Sierra standing in the middleLove sign

We had a ton of fun visiting the site and we hope you will too!

Images above: Billy Altom, in the Oval office ballroom in Amway Grand, Middle image Rosa parks statue on the walk around the hotel, Sierra Royster posing by a water fountain on the walk around the hotel, large blue love sign on walk around the hotel.

-APRIL Staff