Puget Sound Section

Be a Presenter at the Puget Sound Section EPIC Conference—June 4, 2014

The Puget Sound Section of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is holding our EPIC: Collaboration in Planning half-day conference at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on June 4, 2014, from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The conference will be followed by an on-site professional mingle from 4:30-6:30 pm

The conference theme is focused on collaboration across various disciplines to solve “emerging trends” and planning issues. AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits will be provided for APA members. The Puget Sound Section is evaluating opportunities for credits for other professional organizations as conference planning progresses.

Conference Topics—Call for Sessions Due April 30, 2014

The conference committee is seeking session proposals that showcase how a team of engineers, planners, urban designers, architects, real estate, and building industry professionals currently are working or have worked together to solve an “emerging trend” issue as defined by the American Planning Association, at a local, regional, or national level. The proposal can be broad and include a panel that will focus on one or a combination of the following questions:

How can breaking down “silos” between engineering, architecture, urban planning, real estate, development and other disciplines lead to better designed neighborhoods and communities and help to create more cohesive long-range plans? What challenges stand between each discipline and how can we change perspectives to help join together knowledge and expertise? As professional leaders, what tools can we apply to help break down barriers that exist inside and outside of our organization to put our short-term and long-term urban planning goals into motion?

How can collaboration between disciplines change the outcome or benefit production? This can be internally in a planning/government agency or externally across consultants. How was the team organized? How was commitment to the objective gained? What were the different levels of contribution? What opportunities were seized because of the collaboration?

Demonstrate how a new and exciting project would not have garnered the same level of success without facing and changing the perspective of other disciplines. What critical challenges and opportunities presented themselves? How were they overcome in charting a path to victory?

Proposals should be sufficient to cover an 85 minute session. If you would like to submit a session proposal but do not feel that you can meet the 85 minute timeframe, please so indicate in your proposal and include proposed amount of time needed, as the conference committee may look to combine sessions of similar content or topic. Proposals will be selected to ensure the conference program offers a comprehensive, noncommercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to the topics and themes. Attention will be given to diversity of presenters and geographic applicability.

Session Format

The format for the conference will be conference hall style for up to 180 people seated at tables. An in-room computer with wireless mouse and keyboard, two drop down screens, LCD projector, and Wi-Fi will be available.

The conference committee encourages you to consider a presentation format that will engage your colleagues in discussion and learning beyond the simple dissemination of information. Suggested formats include small/large group discussion, interactive and/or scenario modeling, polling or other format of participant engagement.

Proposal Deliverable

Please use the survey monkey link below to submit your proposal electronically or email a narrative answering the questions below to the Puget Sound Section Secretary, Elisabeth Schuck at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You may also contact her if you have any questions. All proposals are due April 30, 2014 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified of proposal status by May 2, 2014.


IMPORTANT: Presenters are responsible for all costs associated for preparing and attending the conference, including conference registration fees at a discounted rate, travel, materials, etc. Lunch will be provided for all presenters.

Call for Session Questions: Due April 30, 2014

  1. Session Presenter(s), Moderators, or Facilitators: Names, titles, organization affiliation and contact information (email and telephone number) for each presenter.
  2. Session Title: Should be catchy and correspond with the session proposal.
  3. Session Objective & Fit: Please identify one short, clear objective and no more than three supporting objectives. Please refer to the conference topics for general ideas and perspectives.
  4. Session Description 750 words: Concise, action-oriented description that provides important facts and generates excitement about your session. Focus should be on the primary session objectives described in the conference topics and should let potential participants know what you expect will happen as a result of the session. Please indicate if your session will be interactive (audience, small group, etc.) and be specific, focusing on “what” (issues and outcomes) rather than “whom” (speakers). This description will be used for promoting the session and conference, and the committee has the right to edit the descriptions as necessary to advertise the conference and complete APA CM credit forms. Please be sure that your description and title conveys the essence of your session.
  5. Allotted Session time Requested: Each session should be 85 minutes; however, if your session will be less than 85 minutes, please indicate the length as the committee will evaluate the ability to combine like sessions to reach the 85 minute time frame required to receive APA CM credits.

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2012 EPIC (Ethics, Policy & Informational Conference)

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