The League of California Cities® is soliciting session proposals for this premiere educational event for planning commissioners, directors, staff, and other interested officials including elected officials, being held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, April 4 - 6, 2018. We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge and expertise with this important audience!
Submissions, non-commercial in nature, from any individual, group, business or organization, on any topic are welcome through August 14. The Planning Commissioners Academy program planning committee will consider the educational value of each proposal and the extent to which it presents new and/or significant information.
Only proposals submitted online through the proposal form will be considered. As there is a limit to the amount of words allowed within the title and description of each proposal, it is recommended you write your proposal in a word-processing program first, then paste the final version into the online form.
Securing a spot on the program is highly competitive, with approximately twenty five percent of proposals being accepted. You can increase your chances by preparing a thorough, thoughtful and complete proposal that tells how your session would help planning commissioners and those who work within local governments to improve their careers and communities. When preparing your proposal consider the following elements:
Take a few minutes to review these tips for successful proposals
What are the practical applications of your ideas? Have you included reasoning and documentation to support your conclusions, recommendations and outcomes?
Will your presentation expand knowledge beyond entry-level basics?
Does your presentation advance existing ideas or present new ideas? Has this material been presented elsewhere?
Do you have an appropriate number of examples?
Will your presentation still be up-to-date and cutting-edge in six to nine months when the conference occurs? Will your topic have implications in the future? How relevant is your topic in the context of pending legislation, regulations and technology?
What attendees want to learn is the reality versus the hype, the positive and negative attributes, problems encountered but not often discussed, realistic expectations for the operational use and adaptability to a changing environment. They are searching for guidelines and models to simplify or manage their own application or installation.
Are your conclusions supported by data?
Have you included sources of information, benchmark data or other examples?
Does your presentation avoid any commercial content?
The quality, completeness and accuracy of the proposal will be a judging factor in the proposal selection process.
In the end, you must make your case for the importance of this topic and its relevance to participants. Have you made the best case you possibly can?
Over ninety-five percent of each year's conference programming comes directly from the open call for proposals in a variety of formats. Select one of the available formats listed below that best fits your topic and desired outcomes.
Deadline: August 14, 2017
Breakout sessions make up the majority of conference content and cover a wide array of topics affecting local government. With no more than three presenters, this format permits approximately 60 minutes of an engaging presentation and discussion. The presentation is followed by approximate 15 minutes of questions and answers.
Session proposals include:
Propose a breakout session
These popular presentations, similar to TED Talks, are 15 minute bursts of information on one topic with one speaker. Typically, these engaging presentations are based on focused projects or personal experience, followed by 5 minutes of interactive/Q&A. Three individual CityTalks are programmed back-to-back to comprise a breakout session.
This format requires a well-conceived presentation, good visuals, and a great deal of rehearsal. A sense of humor helps!
CityTalk proposals include:
Propose a CityTalk
A 75-minute informal, interactive conversation with a common interest/concern on a particular topic. A single facilitator may offer a maximum of a 10-minute presentation on which the issue/concern is framed for the attendees and then guide the discussion with prepared questions. At the conclusion of the discussion, the facilitator will spend some time summarizing key findings, suggestions, and points. THIS IS NOT A PANEL PRESENTATION WITH PANELISTS.
Facilitated Discussion proposals include:
Propose a Discussion Forum
Broad appeal to all League members within municipalities throughout California, current and timely topics, originality, innovativeness, interactive/creative, thought/discussion provoking, evidence based, and the avoidance of product/vendor commercialization. Complete details
Please note: the program planning committee reserves the right to modify accepted proposal session titles, descriptions, presenters or other elements as necessary to insure balance, quality and enhance marketability.
The League of California Cities® is a not-for-profit association, and to keep registration costs as low as possible, is unable to provide any reimbursement of expenses, travel, or other compensations. Due to the difficult economic challenges cities/counties are experiencing, we recognize and deeply appreciate your interest and commitment. The success of our program depends on the efforts of practicing professionals willing to volunteer their time to professional education. Complete details
If you are an elected official, business, or private consultant and would like to attend other sessions, you will need to register for the conference. Registration will be open in mid-September at www.cacities.org/events.
We value your privacy and will never share any of your personal information nor sell your e-mail address to an outside party.
Submit a proposal now
Deadline - Monday, August 14
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Phone: (916) 658-8200Fax: (916) 658-8240
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