2017 Conference General Session Proposal Form

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2017 Minnesota Planners Conference. The 2017 Conference Theme is Around the Bend: What's Next for Planning. Planning is inherently about the future and the unforeseen opportunities and challenges it presents. As changes in politics, demographics, and the environment create uncertainty planners need to be able to adapt and develop innovative solutions.

In this year's theme we are striving to understand changes in our community as we identify new and innovative planning tools and techniques. Mankato embodies planning's tradition of adaptation and innovation through carefully planned revitalization. Please join us in Mankato and share your unique experiences, perspectives, and challenges. We also welcome our interdisciplinary partners in the field - architects, developers, elected officials, engineers, public health, and community advocates (to name a few). Finally, we extend a special invitation to the planners of the future - planning students and young professionals.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The annual conference is the premier opportunity for planners and like-minded individuals to network and learn. Research shows that adults learn best when they receive information in a way that is engaging and practical, and in settings where they can immediately apply the lessons learned. Thus, the conference program committee will be prioritizing session proposals that emphasize unique and engaging learning techniques and provide participants an opportunity to immediately apply lessons learned. The types of presentations and sessions the program committee would like to encourage include:

  • Skill Building: - sessions in which the focus is on building a specific set of skills as outlined by the AICP Core Competencies (e.g. communications strategy, community engagement, "hard" skills like finance, computer software, writing zoning ordinances, etc.)
  • Problem Solving: - sessions in which presenters will showcase how they overcame a specific set of problems with emphasis on the lessons learned (e.g. project-based action-oriented learning)
  • Workshop/Hands-on Training: - sessions in which attendees are engaged in some sort of activity where a set of skills or information is applied (e.g. charrette-like activities, group activities, etc.)
  • Interdisciplinary: - sessions in which the presenter and/or the information covered comes from a field related to planning (e.g. architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, public finance, etc.)
  • Innovation: - sessions in which improvements, advancements, and/or modernization that will benefit the field are presented (e.g. new things in the field, innovative projects or process

Please use the proposal form below to submit your session. You are encouraged to prepare your submission in a Word document and cut and paste into the submission form. APA Minnesota does not have the ability to recover proposals that have not been fully submitted or where there is an error with the website. Please save a copy of your proposal.

The information provided in the proposal is used by the program committee to select sessions for the conference program. Proposals that are missing information, including speaker biographies, will generally not be considered. In evaluating proposals, the program committee considers presentation type, relevance to conference theme, relevance to planning, and having a well-defined topic.

Session Length
While we anticipate that most sessions will be one hour in length, the program committee will consider longer sessions if needed to sufficiently address a topic or to accommodate a non-traditional presentation type. Given time constraints we generally seek presentations that have three or fewer speakers unless it is a panel discussion. If you have a session that would benefit from a longer timeframe or alternative format, you will have an opportunity to share that need as part of the proposal.

Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits
The program committee is primarily interested in sessions that qualify for AICP's Certification Maintenance (CM) program. The committee may accept a small number of sessions that are not CM eligible. Once sessions are selected, the information from the session proposal form is used by the APA Minnesota Professional Development Officers (PDOs) to request CM credits. Additional information about the CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm. Sessions eligible for CM credit will:

  • Teach a subject matter at a level beyond a planner with two years of experience
  • Be led by one or more experts on the subject
  • Meet a specific planner-related training objective
  • Communicate a clearly identified educational purpose
  • Be non-promotional in nature
  • Law training must relate to planning law and be closely related to recently enacted planning laws or case decisions. Local level regulations, policies and ordinances do not qualify.
  • Ethics training must focus on training planners on the standards of ethical behavior according to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Conference Brochure
The session proposal form is also used to create the conference brochure. Both the session description and speaker biographical information will be used as submitted. Please be sure what you submit is what you want conference attendees to see in the program.

Session Scheduling
Scheduling more than 50 conference sessions is one of the most challenging parts of organizing the conference. To assist with the conference schedule, please have all of your speakers block off their calendars from Wednesday, September 27th through Friday, September 29th. A preliminary schedule will be provided in May. We will do our best to accommodate schedule change requests, but do not guarantee our ability to honor such requests.

Audio-Visual Information
Session rooms will be equipped with a laptop, projector, and screen. Please come equipped to load your presentation on the laptop provided.

The deadline for Session Proposals is March 31, 2017. Note there will be no extensions in 2017. Notification of session acceptance will occur by May 31, 2017.

If you have any questions about the general session proposals, please contact: Stephanie Rouse at stephrouse21@gmail.com or Corrin Wendell at corrin.wendell@metc.state.mn.us.

Session Proposal Form

* Required Fields - all proposals must be completed in full to be accepted.

When considering your session proposal, please review the Session Presenter Suggestion document for ideas on how to structure your session based on feedback from last year's conference attendees. We have removed session tracks to allow more creativity and to broaden the field for submission topics. Be creative, look for opportunities to engage the audience, and explore new topics in the field of planning.

Name of Session*

Session Information Description* (please limit to 50 words)
Note: This is what will be used in the Conference Brochure. Once a session is accepted and approved, it cannot be changed or edited.

CM Submittal Description* (please limit to 300 words)
Note: Please provide a bulleted list or description of at least 3 learning objectives that describes what attendees will get out of this session.

Presentation Topics* (please select one primary and as many secondary topics as you would like)
To assist in the review of the proposals submitted, please select from the list below that best fits your presentation.

Secondary Topics (select all that apply)

Land Use
Transportation and Infrastructure
Community Engagement and Equity

Housing
Health
Law or Ethics

Economic Development
Environment
Other - Please Describe (Software Training, Skill Building, etc.)

If you entered "Other" for your Topics, please describe:

Does your session require more than the standards hour session?
Yes
No

Do you need any special accommodations (room size, technology, etc.)?
Yes
No

If you feel your session warrants additional time beyond one hour, please tell us your preferred length and why
a longer session is needed (please limit to 200 words)

In the past, some presenters have been asked to collaborate with other presenters on similar topics to produce
a combined session. Would you be willing to collaborate with another presenter if requested?
Yes
No

Speaker Biographies

Note: Once submitted, these biographies cannot be changed or edited.

Main Contact for Session:

Name*

Firm / Agency*

Phone*

Designation* (AICP, FAICP, etc.)

Email*

Biography*
(please submit a minimum of one sentence and a maximum of 80 words.)

Are there additional speakers? Yes

Presenter 2 (if applicable)

Name

Firm / Agency

Phone

Designation (AICP, FAICP, etc.)

Email

Biography
(please submit a minimum of one sentence and a maximum of 80 words.)

Presenter 3 (if applicable)

Name

Firm / Agency

Phone

Designation (AICP, FAICP, etc.)

Email

Biography
(please submit a minimum of one sentence and a maximum of 80 words.)

Presenter 4 (if panel)

Name

Firm / Agency

Phone

Designation (AICP, FAICP, etc.)

Email

Biography
(please submit a minimum of one sentence and a maximum of 80 words.)

If you plan to have more than 4 presenters please check here:

Law or Ethics Sessions

Does this session provide law training as defined by APA?
Yes
No

If yes, please describe how the content of this activity is related to planning law (environmental law, land use law, redevelopment law, administrative law, housing law, etc.). Also indicate how this session will address recently enacted planning law or recent case decisions. Please note that activities related to local level regulations, policies or ordinances do not qualify. (maximum of 300 words)

Does this session provide ethics training as defined by APA?
Yes
No

If yes, please describe how the content of this activity focuses on training planners on the standards of ethical behavior according to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. (maximum of 300 words)

Certifications

I certify that I will be responsible for communicating with other session presenters about the conference, including conference scheduling, registration, and preparation.*
Yes
No

I certify that I understand that the information submitted will be used for the conference brochure with no further editing.*
Yes
No

I certify that this session will be led by one or more subject experts. A subject expert is defined by APA as a professional who has made a contribution to the profession through practice, teaching, research or publication; completed work that proclaim individuality and mastery of the principles taught; and whose work demonstrates outstanding quality and professionalism.*
Yes
No

I certify that this session will use learning methodologies and formats that are appropriate in meeting the stated learning objectives.*
Yes
No

I certify that this presentation will not involve the use of proprietary information.*
Yes
No

I certify that this presentation will be unbiased and non-promotional in nature.*
Yes
No

Presentation Handouts and Copyright Permission

As presentation handouts are not required, all presenters must submit their PowerPoint presentation or a PDF of their presentation in handout form (2 to 6 slides per page) for placement on the APA Minnesota website so conference attendees have the ability to reference the information contained in the presentation.

I understand that presentations must follow U.S. Copyright laws, and that APA Minnesota assumes no liability for speakers' copyright compliance. The grant of permission is nonexclusive. Furthermore, APA Minnesota may not transfer or assign its right to use my work except that I grant permission to users of APA Minnesota's website to download, view, and/or print one copy of my work for personal, noncommercial use only, provided that they keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.

I warrant that I and the other speakers involved with the presentation will submit a presentation for placement on the APA Minnesota website that follows copyright laws. Each speaker will be the sole owner of the work or, if it is owned or created with others, I warrant that the speaker has obtained their permission for its use. I warrant that I have the ability to grant this permission and that I have cleared with any providers of graphics, in whatever form, the rights of APA Minnesota to place those graphics on its website. I certify that the work will not violate or infringe on the copyright or other rights of third parties. I also warrant that it contains nothing libelous or unlawful.

Yes, the speakers will submit a presentation that is in accordance with copyright laws.
No, the speakers will not submit a presentation for placement on the APA Minnesota website.
(Note that while your submission will be considered, the lack of a presentation or presentation handout will be considered in the session review process).

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