Call For Presentations Test

Inspiration and Implementation

The Local Government Commission (LGC) and its conference partners are pleased to announce some exciting changes to the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference program.

The 2018 program will feature eight focused thematic tracks that will provide participants an opportunity for a more dynamic, hands-on learning experience.

With these new changes to the program, LGC is undertaking a new approach to program development. LGC is working with closely with several subcommittees — one for each of the eight tracks — to develop six sessions dynamic within each.

Eight Thematic Tracks

LGC is working closely with with several subcommittees — one for each of the eight tracks — to develop six sessions dynamic within each. Each track will focus on a set of topics strongly connected to timely community issues or challenges, with smart growth as the thread woven between and throughout each track. As the sessions are developed within each track, a strong focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion will be applied.

The 2018 program will allow participants to go deeper into a topic, while continuing to connect back to broader placemaking efforts with a multidisciplinary group of partners tackling community challenges. Each track will be designed to create a peer cohort of practitioners that leave with an implementation strategy and new models, tools, and financing strategies to achieve their community goals.

  1. Strengthening Rural Communities (economic development, transportation, land preservation, smart growth implementation, urban-rural interface, broadband access, tribal partnerships)
  2. Creating Sustainable Water Systems (water infrastructure, stormwater, flood protection, green infrastructure, coastal development)
  3. Addressing Our Changing Climate (climate change mitigation, adaptation, disaster preparedness and recovery, climate justice, energy efficiency and renewable energy)
  4. Improving Transportation Accessibility and Connectivity (active transportation, shared mobility, transportation network companies, autonomous vehicles, transit, transit-oriented development, parking, street design, complete streets, safe routes to school)
  5. Designing Healthy Communities (healthy food access, active living, communities for all ages, universal design, environmental justice)
  6. Building Fair and Affordable Housing (affordable housing, real estate development, fair housing/lending, rental housing, missing middle, transit oriented development)
  7. Planning and Designing Smart Growth Communities (infill development, corridor redevelopment, suburban retrofits, vacant properties, brownfields, arts and placemaking, regional planning, environmental justice)
  8. Fostering Economic Inclusion (structural racism, equitable development, environmental justice, fair growth, displacement, community development, social equity)
Session Types Under Each Track

Every track will include one session from each of the session types below, each scheduled in the same order.

Context-setting: would define the current state of the topic e.g. the current state of housing and related challenges, threats, and opportunities (including funding, political, etc.)

Emerging Trends: would include changing demographics, technological advancements, lifestyle choices and market trends, and implications of trends (could include policy implications)

Model Projects/Case Studies: would include presentations of real-world case studies from a range of community types and different geographical locations that illustrate the strategies discussed in each track (would have a strong policy lens)

Innovative Tools and Technologies: would include NEW tools that cover scenario planning and other visualization tools, engagement and social networking tools, environmental, and/or health impact analysis tools, mapping tools, etc.)

Financing & Development: would include financing strategies and fundraising tools, creative investment strategies and partnerships

Implementation Planning Workshops: would include facilitated discussions around 3-5 potential implementation policy and program strategies per track aimed at helping participants develop a preliminary roadmap defining specific next steps post-conference

Mobile Workshops/Tours

Please note that mobile workshops and tours cannot be submitted through the Call for Presentation Ideas (CFPI) form. For the 2018 New Partners Conference, LGC will be working directly with the Local Planning Committee and track subcommittees to develop mobile workshops and tours that complement the different thematic tracks in the program. Tour development will take place in August and early September 2018.

If you have an idea for a dynamic tour that you think should be discussed with the Local Planning Committee, please send a brief description of the tour and which of the eight thematic tracks it would fall under (no more than 200 words) to Khrystyna Platte at

Reduced Registration Fees for Speakers

Due to severe budget constraints this year, all speakers and moderators will be required to register and pay a significantly reduced fee to participate in the conference.

  • Speakers wishing to attend only on the day they are presenting will pay a $95 speaker rate (the early-bird one-day rate for participants is $195).
  • Speakers wishing to attend one or more additional days of the conference will pay a $225 speaker rate (the early-bird full conference rates for participants range from $375-$425).

LGC will provide the necessary registration access codes directly to each confirmed speaker in October 2017. Speakers MUST use the links that we provide them to register for the conference.

Speaker Travel Assistance

Due to severe budget constraints this year, LGC has a very limited speaker travel budget for this event. In addition to having to pay a nominal speaker registration fee, most speakers will not be offered travel assistance to participate in the conference. In an effort to assist as many speakers as possible who truly need assistance, we negotiate travel assistance on a case-by-case basis. We start with some basic principles, described below:

  • We do not pay any speaking fees or honoraria.
  • As a general rule, speakers representing small nonprofits, grassroots and community organizations, and local governments are given priority in allocating our limited travel funds.
  • We ask speakers to determine what costs they can cover on their own before asking for any assistance.In nearly all cases, we cannot cover all travel expenses for any one speaker. If assistance is needed and funds are available, we will offer to split the cost of major travel expenses like airfare and hotel, or cover one or the other.
  • We do not cover hotel expenses for speakers who do not need an overnight stay to give their presentation, or additional travel expenses associated with a speaker choosing to stay for the full conference.
  • We do not provide travel assistance to more than one speaker from the same organization/agency speaking in the same session.

Call for Presentation Ideas (CFPI) Form

As part of our program development efforts, the LGC is conducting a smaller, more focused Call for Presentation Ideas that will be open from June 1 through July 11. Through this process, we are looking for presentation ideas, potential speakers, innovative tools, best practices, and case studies from around the country — to support and inform the work of each of the eight subcommittees. Subcommittees will consider presentation ideas submitted through this process for possible inclusion in sessions within each track.

Conference organizers and track subcommittees are particularly interested in reviewing “implementation-ready (or oriented)” presentations through this process.

Presentation proposals should be submitted under only one track, and for only one of the specific session types allocated to each track

Submission Deadline: July 11, 2017


Carefully read the CFPI Submittal instructions that are included for each step of this short process in this form.

Please note: You will not be able to save this form before submitting. A downloadable version of the form is available here to help plan your responses.

All requested information must be provided otherwise proposals will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Step 1: Proposer Contact Information

(e.g. Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Dean, Professor, Honorable)
(e.g. CA, DC, British Columbia)

STEP 2: Connection to Conference Purpose

Choose A Thematic Category

Conference sessions will be developed by track subcommittees and will be organized according to thematic categories, with a specific set of six sessions under each track. We recognize that there is overlap among the tracks listed below and that your proposal might fit under more than one.

Please choose only one category, and one session type underneath it — whichever you believe is most appropriate for your presentation idea.

Session Types Under Each Track

Each track will include one session from each of the session types below, each scheduled at the same time within the program.

STEP 3: Presentation Details

Please use the space provided below to provide the details of the presentation you are proposing. Refer to the descriptions above for each session type. Be sure to include all requested information. It is anticipated that proposed presentations will be no longer that 15 minutes.
A. Equity

NPSG seeks to promote policies, practices, and investments that provide equal protection from environmental and health hazards and that aim to ensure inclusion of all residents regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, income, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical ability, and fair access to the environmental, economic, health and social benefits of community development planning decisions and implementation.

As the sessions are developed within each track, a strong focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion will be applied by each track subcommittee.

Will equity issues be included or covered in the proposed presentation?

B. Presentation Title

(10-word limit – use the space provided below)

C. Description

(250-word limit – use the space provided below)

Please describe, in as much detail as possible, how your proposed presentation addresses a critical and timely opportunity or challenge facing smart growth practitioners and advocates.

Context Setting: Describe how the current challenges impact smart growth and how conference participants can take advantage of new opportunities relative to the track you have chosen. If using data, reports or other resources to outline the state of the topic, include that information in your presentation description.
Emerging Trends: Describe the emerging trend and the specific implications to smart growth practitioners. What can community leaders do now — to either capture any opportunities these trends present, or mitigate any negative impacts of these trends — relative to the track you have chosen?
Model Projects/Case Studies: Describe the community, city and/or region as appropriate; partners and processes involved; and barriers, challenges, unintended consequences, and successes. Describe how this model could be replicated in other jurisdictions and any specific policy or program recommendations that have emerged.
Innovative Tools and Technologies: What challenge is this tool or technology proposing to address, within the track you have chosen? Has the tool or technology been used successfully within a community, and what were the results?
Financing and Development: Describe the type of project or development your proposed financing strategy could fund, within the track you have chosen. Has the use of this strategy resulted in a successfully implemented project or development? Please identify partners or conditions that are key to successful implementation.
Implemenation Planning Workshops: Describe your proposed implementation strategy and the process you would lead participants through to help them identify specific steps they can take to implement that policy or program (for example form-based codes could be one implementation strategy within the smart growth track or adopting an environmental justice element in your general/community plan could be an implementation strategy under the environmental justice track).
Equity: Please be sure to describe the equity and/or environmental justice issue(s) that will be discussed or covered as part of this presentation in your presentation description below.

Step 4: Proposed Speaker Information

Conference Organizers and track subcommittees will be working to put together a diverse and dynamic set of speakers for each session within each track. Subcommittees will be considering diversity in gender, ethnicity, perspective and discipline as they finalize speakers for sessions. Proposed speakers should be able to provide high-quality content, be able to deliver a dynamic presentation, and engage the session audience.

Please provide the information requested below for your proposed presenter.

Step 5: Optional – Propose a Facilitator

LGC will be working closely with all of the track subcommittees to ensure that the program includes some new and very interactive session formats within each track. Given that, we will likely be looking for some facilitator-types that have the ability to move participants through a process or activity in a short period of time, keeping them on task (60-75 minutes). Ideally, any recommendations should be for facilitators that are well-versed in topics that would fall under one or more the thematic tracks outlined above.

Propose a Facilitator Name and Contact

Briefly describe the person’s skills, experience, and issue-related knowledge/work, as it relates to the track you have identified them for.

Questions about the CFPI Submittal Form or instructions should be directed to Khrystyna Platte at or (916) 448-1198 x306 or Michele Warren at or 916-448-1198 x308.

All submissions will receive an email acknowledging receipt within 72 hours.

Proposers will be notified in early September regarding whether their proposal has been accepted.