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2017 SNEAPA Conference OCTOBER 26 & 27, 2017, RI Convention Center Providence

October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017

2017 SNEAPA Conference OCTOBER 26 & 27, 2017, RI Convention Center Providence

Call for Session Proposals
Session Proposal Deadline: 5PM on April 28, 2017

Please submit proposals to programs@sneapa.org

Click Final draft call for presentations 2017 20170413 revised 4.19.17 to download the PDF Call for Session Proposals

You can be a part of the 2017 Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) conference in Providence by organizing a conference session.

The conference draws up to 700 planners, architects, landscape architects, and other allied professionals. SNEAPA represents a great opportunity to remain current in professional knowledge and skills essential to planners, and for certified planners an opportunity to earn essential CM credits. Session selection is highly competitive – we encourage creative sessions with hands-on learning.

We are living in challenging times for the planning profession. As we send out this call for proposals, President Trump has just submitted his budget proposal. Included within it are potentially devastating reductions to environmental, housing, arts, and social programs. Commitments to expanded investment in transportation and other infrastructure (up to $1 trillion) have not materialized, at least not so far. But it is early in the budget process and the ensuing months will bring much discussion and debate…all while we strive to put together the most relevant program we can for these challenging times.

We encourage you to address these emerging issues to the extent that you can within your session proposals. This year’s conference will include six technical tracks. Session proposals should fit within one of the tracks. The six tracks are:

  • Environmental Planning Sustainability.
  • Redevelopment Planning
  • Transportation Planning and Infrastructure.
  • Developing Consensus and Managing Conflicts in Planning.
  • Social Programs and Planning for Healthy Communities.
  • Planning for Economic Development and Housing.

Session Proposal Deadline: 5PM on April 28, 2017
Please submit proposals to programs@sneapa.org
Call for Presentations- Required Information:

Session Formats
Each year attendees give us excellent feedback on the prior year’s conference. This feedback suggests that planners would like to see more hands-on and skill-building workshops. We encourage formats other than traditional presentations, such as: point / counterpoint debate; workshops with audience participation; round table; and “talk show” style formats.

Session Length
Most sessions will be 75 minutes. There will be some time slots for 90 minute sessions. We may also provide a small number of slots for 60 minute sessions. We may also entertain a very limited series of sequential sessions by a single submitter with an elaboration or alternative angle on a single theme.

Session Proposal Contents
Please make certain your submittal is complete! Your proposal will be judged in large part on completeness upon submission. However, understanding that some changes are likely to occur in the 5 months leading to the conference, we are committed to work with you on refinements, minor amendments, and speaker changes. But please remember you will be judged on the quality and completeness of your initial submission.

Proposals must provide the following information in Word 2007 or 2010, unless otherwise noted:
Session or workshop title: A short and catchy title that accurately reflects the session focus.
Summary of Session: A short description of the session to be used in the conference program, not exceeding 50 words. Indicate preferred technical track. (The conference committee maintains the discretion to select tracks for sessions that are different than the proposers preferred track.)
Contact information: each presenter’s name, title, affiliation, professional credentials (i.e., AICP), phone #, e-mail, etc.

Planning-related objectives: A brief narrative explaining how the session meets certain planning-related training objectives. Optionally, this may also include a short (no more than 200 words) description of relevance to the conference topic.
Instructor biographies: A no more than 100-word biography for each presenter
Format of Presentation (i.e., panel, roundtable, single speaker, etc.)
Certification Maintenance (CM) Criteria: Most but not all sessions should be CM eligible. If your session is intended to be CM eligible, please attach the signed statement provided to you which attests to session compliance with the 9 CM criteria (see attached – this element may be submitted as a PDF)

Session Proposal Ranking Criteria
Sessions will be evaluated based on:
Proposal completeness (including CM criteria compliance),
Diversity, quality, and relevant background of presenters;
Applicability of topic to all three states (MA, CT, and RI); and
Creativity (non-traditional format).

Presenter Information:
All presenters must register for the conference. This applies whether you will attend the event for only your session, a single day, or for the full event.
Presenters who attend the Conference only to present their session are not required to pay registration fees but still must register for the Conference. The “presenter only” option does not include any meals. We are unable to pay for any expenses required for conference transportation or attendance.
SNEAPA will provide microphones, LCD projectors, overhead projectors, laptop computers, and screens. It is anticipated that WiFi internet access will be available.
SNEAPA is not responsible for copying handouts. SNEAPA is not responsible for shipping, handling or storage of materials at the conference.
SNEAPA is not held responsible for any lost or stolen materials or equipment.

Confirmation, Acceptance and Questions
Proposal submittal deadline: April 28, 2017
Notification of session acceptance or decline: June 2017
Proposal or CM questions: Jim Riordan, Program Chair
401-330-1221 or programs@sneapa.org

Certification Maintenance (CM):
This information must be submitted for your session proposal to be considered for CM credit! 
Please contact Jim Riordan, AICP, RIAPA, President-Elect with any CM questions (programs@sneapa.org ).

Please indicate if the proposal meets the following criteria:
The session is designed to meet a specific planning-related training objective.
The session is designed to teach subject matter appropriate in depth and scope and at a level beyond a planner with at least two years of professional planning experience.
The session is led by one or more experts on the subject. (An expert is a professional who has made a contribution to the profession through practice, teaching, research, or publications; completed works that proclaim individuality and mastery of the principles of planning taught; and whose work demonstrates outstanding quality and professionalism.)
The session is non-promotional in nature.
The session addresses demonstrated educational needs.
The session communicates a clearly identified educational purpose or objective.
The presenters use learning methodologies and formats that are appropriate to the activity’s educational purpose or objectives.
The presenters use materials that do not include proprietary information.
The session is timed in a manner consistent with the time for which the activity was registered for CM credit (75 minutes = 1.25 CM credits). Only the portion of the activity that meets CM criteria can be registered for CM credit.


October 26, 2017
October 27, 2017




RI Convention Center
Providence, RI United States + Google Map