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NUSA Presentation Proposals
2014 Neighborhoods, USA National Conference - Call for Presentations

Neighborhoods, USA's (NUSA) Program Development Committee is now accepting 90-minute workshop proposals for NUSA's 39th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns that will be held in Eugene, Oregon May 21-24, 2014.  We are accepting proposals which pertain to the following workshop tracks:

• Eating Well Close to Home

What does it take to build and sustain a strong local food system?

Explore the many ways communities are working to improve access to locally grown, healthy food. Topics could include: determining local food access needs; addressing regulatory barriers to growing more food locally; and improving access to healthy local food through new models of education, production and distribution.

• Growing Green

How do we grow the sustainability of our neighborhoods and communities?
Learn how diverse communities develop while sustaining and restoring the well-being of current and future residents, the economy and the environment. Topics could include: land use; community and economic development; streets that work for all users including cars, bikes and pedestrians; state-of-the-art transit; and walking, biking, carpooling and car-sharing.

• Town-Gown & Neighborhood Relations

What are the benefits and challenges of having an institution of higher education in a community?

Understand the complex relationships and issues among communities, neighbors, new young residents, and the universities and colleges that support them. Topics could include: economic impact; livability and student-neighbor relations; impacts of student-oriented housing; and engaging students and faculty as community resources.

• Caring and Safe Communities
How do communities ensure that all neighbors have access to basic safety and human services?
Create and sustain a caring and safe community by employing a broad spectrum of community-based programs and initiatives that proactively address and respond to pressing social and public safety needs. Topics could include: disaster preparedness; crime prevention; transportation; food security; access to physical and psychiatric health car; homelessness; and affordable housing. 

• Creating Inclusive Communities

How do we bring more people, perspectives and voices into our work?
Build a stronger, more vibrant community by creating alliances and forging partnerships among the diversity of individuals, interest groups and local organizations that comprise a neighborhood. Topics could include: empowering youth; cross-generational partnerships; opportunities to engage schools, businesses and the faith community; and meaningful involvement of communities of color and other traditionally under-represented groups.

• The ABCs of Organizing

What does it take to sustain a successful neighborhood organization in an increasingly fast-paced, media-saturated and complex world?
Effective leaders stay up to date on issues and opportunities in their communities and strive to recruit and keep people involved using diverse organizing skills. Topics could include: cross-cultural communication; use of media and technology as organizing tools; recruiting and retaining volunteers; leveraging community assets; facilitating high conflict situations; identifying problems and setting priorities; and strategic planning and decision-making.

• BRING ON THE FUN -- Parks, Arts and Culture!!!

How is a sense of community built through the enjoyment of local art, recreation, libraries and parks?
Art, culture, recreation and public open space are essential to building community pride and involvement. Having fun is the ultimate engagement tool! Topics could include: recreation, parks and parks planning; libraries, art and cultural experiences that are accessible to all; engaging under-served populations; and innovative community programming focused on having fun!
All proposals must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), November 1, 2013 in order to be considered and must follow the "Proposal Outline" as shown below.
Please e-mail your proposals to BOTH of the following:
Rene C. Kane, 
Eugene, Oregon, Conference Coordinator
Richard Whipple, 
NUSA Program Development Representative

Proposal Outline

Workshop Information:
  1. Workshop title.
  2. Description - should be 50-60 words maximum.  This will be used to prepare the conference registration and program booklets.
  3. Extended Description - 300 word maximum, including a minimum of three learning objectives.
  4. Information on the intended outcome of the session (share information/success or provide attendees with tools/guides to transform their own neighborhood).
  5. Information on take-away opportunities (tools, strategies, resources, best practices, etc.).
  6. List Primary and Secondary Conference Tracks.
  7. Session Format - i.e. debate, clinic, moderated session, panel, etc.
  8. AV equipment to be used.

Proposers Information:
  1. Name, Title
  2. Company / Organization
  3. Address, City, State and Zip
  4. Phone:  Daytime, Evening and Fax
  5. Email Address

Session Organizer's Information
(if different from the proposer):

  1. Name, Title
  2. Company / Organization
  3. Address, City, State and Zip
  4. Phone:  Daytime, Evening and Fax
  5. Email Address

Panelist Information
(list for each panelist):

  1. Name, Title
  2. Company / Organization
  3. Address, City, State and Zip
  4. Phone:  Daytime, Evening and Fax
  5. Email Address
  6. Describe experience in presenting this workshop topic.
  7. Describe overall presentation experience.
  8. Include statement confirming the panelist is aware of the submission and agrees with the terms and conditions described below.

Terms and Conditions

Proposals must be submitted in prescribed "Proposal Outline."  Proposals must be submitted electronically via email and received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 1, 2013.  Submissions not using the prescribed "Proposal Outline," received after the deadline or with missing information will not be considered.  Speakers are required to pay conference registration fees.
The following AV equipment will be provided in each workshop room:  laptop, LCD projector, screens, laptop tables, easels and markers.  Presenters will need to provide anything additional at the presenter's cost.
Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 and Friday, May 23, 2014.  Speakers must be available on both days until actual workshop time is confirmed.  The Workshop Selection Committee reserves the rights to merge workshops and panels as it sees fit.  Priority will be given to panels with grassroots neighborhood leadership.