League of California Cities

The League of California Cities is soliciting session proposals for the 2021 Planning Commissioners Academy. We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge and expertise with this important audience! The League of California Cities is actively monitoring the response to COVID-19 and continuing to consider impacts on mass gatherings. We will continue to follow local health guidelines. While the Planning Commissioners Academy is currently scheduled to take place March 24-26, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Cal Cities is also considering options to move this important programming to a virtual conference setting. If that were to happen the conference dates may shift slightly. Either way, the session selection process is an important step in moving forward with the conference planning, and we appreciate your input and contributions.

Who Can Submit

Submissions, from any individual, group, business or organization, are welcome through January 21. Please remember that all sessions require a well-conceived presentation, good visuals, and a great deal of rehearsal!

How It Works

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 may be helpful to draft the proposal in a word-processing program first, then paste the final version into the online form.

Target Audience

This educational event is geared towards planning commissioners but provides planning directors, staff and other interested officials, including elected, the opportunity to learn about the major planning and land use issues facing cities.

Getting Started

Secrets of Great Proposals

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 city leaders and those who work within city governments to improve their careers and communities. When preparing your proposal consider the following elements:

Types of Proposals

Over ninty-five percent of each year's conference programming comes directly from the open call for proposals. Sessions may be scheduled as a general session or concurrent session at the League’s discretion. Select one of the available formats listed below that best fits your topic and desired outcomes or propose an alternative session format.

Keynote Speaker Complete details

Panel Discussion Complete details

Speed Sessions Complete details

Facilitated Discussion Complete details

Alternative Format Complete details

Submission Requirements and Review

Submissions will be reviewed by a program planning committee.

The League reserves the right to modify accepted proposal session titles, descriptions, presenters or other elements as necessary to insure balance, quality and enhance marketability. If an originally accepted speaker cancels, the session may be disqualified. Additional speakers not included in the original proposal are not permitted to be added without review and approval.

Registration and Speaker Policy

The League of California Cities is unable to provide complimentary registration or any reimbursement of expenses, travel, or other compensation. 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.

If you would like to attend other sessions, you will need to register for the conference. Registration will be open in early winter at www.cacities.org/events.

Privacy Policy

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 - Thursday, January 21

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