The Pennsylvania Downtown Center is seeking session proposals for the statewide 2018 Premiere Community Revitalization Conference.

Whether your experience is in business districts, small rural downtowns, residential neighborhoods or somewhere in between, we invite you to present your successes, ideas and knowledge at the 2018 Community Revitalization Conference.  This conference provides attendees with a wide array of educational programming, with sessions that cover revitalization fundamentals, subject-specific strategies, and leadership skills necessary to advance local program efforts.

This year’s focus is, “Embracing Change – Empowering the Future of Your (Community’s) Revitalization Effort.”

We encourage you to keep this concept in mind as you craft your proposal. In addition we will explore innovation, technology, diversity in all its forms, and constantly evolving life style preferences – how we shop, how we play, how we engage in our communities and how we interact as a society.

In addition to proposals that bolster the 2018 theme, we welcome submissions that touch on a variety of other topics. The following ideas are often in high demand:

• Advocacy • Community Branding • Public Relations & Marketing Main Street or Elm Street • Social Media • Building a More Inclusive and Stronger Board • Leadership development • Business Recruitment and Retention Strategies • Business Incubators vs. Accelerators • Clean and Safe Solutions • Community-based Real Estate Development • Community Greening • Improving Meeting Facilitation and Interpersonal Skills • New and Innovative Partnership Ideas • Parking Management • Placemaking
• Public and Farmers Markets • Public Art, Murals, and Arts Development • Retail Support • Small Business Assistance and Development • Smart Growth Issues • Transportation • Planning • Sustaining
a Viable Organization and Fundraising • Volunteer Recruitment and Management • Weathering an Economic Downturn


1) Sessions should be interactive, with a LIMIT of two presenters and be 75 minutes in length. 

2) Sessions should provide tools, models or strategies that attendees will be able to make applicable to their own unique situations and communities.

3) Overall quality, salience of topic, well-articulated educational goals, clarity of proposal, and presentation skills of the presenter will all be taken into consideration. Proposals that encourage collaboration and interaction among participants are of special interest.

All proposals are due by midnight (EDT) on November 5, 2017.
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