Thursday, July 13, 2017

Request for Proposals: RMLUI Annual Western Places / Western Spaces Conference: Disruption, Innovation, and Progress

RMLUI Annual Western Places/Western Spaces Conference
Request for Proposals

Each year, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI) convenes land use experts and practitioners at the Western Places/Western Spaces conference to discuss the biggest issues facing communities across the Rocky Mountain West. We cover everything from tiny homes to large landscape conservation, urban planning to rural economies.

Request for Proposals
As land use practitioners—legal, planning, academic, or non-profit—you know the challenges we're facing first-hand, so who better to guide the content for the conference?

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, which will be held March 8 & 9 at the University of Denver. Please read on to learn more about this year's event.



Western Places/Western Spaces:
Disruption, Innovation, and Progress

How do we plan for the future when we don’t know what it holds? This is a common dilemma for planners and land use practitioners everywhere. Despite the best-laid plans, new practices or technology can disrupt the entire process. Cities are experimenting with smart technology and driverless cars. The suburbs are facing a changing landscape as the rise of e-commerce is leading to the closure of both the big box stores and Main Street shops. In rural areas, landscape managers are tracking livestock and grazing patterns using drones. In addition to all the change being brought about by technology and innovation, communities also have to contend with the disruptions brought on by natural processes.

In a world full of disruptions, how do we build infrastructure and craft policies that not only meet our present-day needs, but also have the flexibility to adapt to future scenarios? These questions will help frame our discussions at the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces conference.


Submitting Your Proposal
The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 25. Please visit the RMLUI website to learn more about the conference theme and topics, as well as instructions on submitting your proposal. You will be able to download the Session Guidelines, which contains a description of the themes and tracks for the 2018 conference, as well as information about the conference, guidelines for crafting your proposal, and the criteria used to select sessions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or 303-871-6319.

We look forward to reading your proposals!

Susan Daggett
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Lisa Loranger
Program Coordinator
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

New to the RMLUI Annual Land Use Conference?
Each year, RMLUI attracts 500 land use professionals and practitioners from the Rocky Mountain West to the University of Denver campus. Now in its 27th year, the conference has become the place for land use and development professionals from private practices, local governments, non-profits, and educational institutes to share knowledge and network.

You can view programs and materials from previous conferences on the RMLUI website.

Videos from the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, are available to download through the Home Study Program.

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Sponsorship & Promotional Opportunities

Our conference is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These financial contributions help fund our programs and conference activities, including providing top-notch keynote speakers, plenary lunch events, and tours. Conference sponsorship provides visibility and underscores your company's commitment to sustainable communities and informed and ethical land use and development practices. For more information, please contact Susan Daggett.


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