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About Us

Conference Planning Services LogoConference Planning Services (CPS) is a division of the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning.  We provide comprehensive planning and management services to both on campus and off campus groups.  Our conference management team has more than 50 years of combined experience in the professional management of conferences, trainings, symposia, continuing education offerings, meetings and workshops.

Any event, large or small, brings its own set of unique challenges – from dealing with budget constraints to managing registration and logistics.  At CPS, we pride ourselves on meeting those challenges and making your job easier and your event more enjoyable.  Our professionals work hard to ensure every detail exceeds your expectations. 

We Serve:
  • Government Agencies
  • Professional Associations
  • Industry Partners
  • UM Faculty and Staff
  • Regional, National and International Participants

We work closely with local and off-campus vendors as well as with campus partners to provide you with the best venue, most delectable catering, hassle-free parking, and low-cost printing services for your conference, all while keeping a close eye on your budget.

CPS manages events of all formats and sizes, ranging from 25 to more than 1,000 participants.

Why not plan your next conference or training with the advantage of having experts by your side?

What we do

Off-Campus Conferences

Missoula & Other Cities

Our team manages conferences and trainings in Missoula and various locations throughout Montana and beyond.  We specialize in the management and presentation of educational and professional meetings with state and federal government agencies, local industry and professional associations.

On-Campus Conferences

We work cooperatively with other UM campus departments including Dining Services (catering), Residence Life (housing), University Center (conference and event staff) and many other facility and service providers to ensure  smooth and successful meetings.

Vendors and Service Providers

CPS has spent more than a decade building strong relationships with hotels, restaurants and vendors in Missoula and throughout the state of Montana, and we pass the benefits of these relationships directly on to our clients. Our customers appreciate our partnerships with a full range of service providers who are critical to the successful execution of conferences and meetings.