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Reconnect MT 2021

CALL FOR PRESENTERS

The Call for Presenters for the 2021 MAP Conference in downtown Missoula, Montana is now open. The Conference will run from September 13 to September 15. Share your projects, ideas, and experience, as we celebrate professional connectivity in Montana.

Networks, Landscapes & Urban Form

The sessions in this track will focus on physical connectivity in our planned spaces and how our built environments, transportation networks, trail systems and landscapes shape our Montana communities. Examples for this track might include transportation innovations, creative or unique urban design solutions, balancing agriculture activity in a community, or how to plan for infrastructure connectivity in rural locations. Whether it is about walkability, master planning, zoning or the natural environment, lessons from these sessions should let us celebrate the elaborate connections in our physical space.

Communications & Societal Connections

Planners rely on interactivity and social connections for collaboration and community engagement, and we have had to adapt considerably to accommodate the changes of the past year. Session examples for this track might include virtual communication strategies, methods for community engagement, issue plans associated with specific population or planning area, or connecting people to critical social resources.

Health & Housing Equity

Other topics we have been made acutely aware of this year include planning for the best public health outcomes and how critical housing is to provide a safe, livable urban environment. We have also witnessed serious impacts from flexible job mobility and inequity in housing opportunities. This learning track will explore those themes, focusing on the important connection between housing, social equity and health. This track will include sessions on housing challenges and strategies, interdepartmental collaboration, planning for health, and planning for equity.

Ethics and Law

We will accept proposals on ethics or law that meet the AICP requirements for those topics. Please plan on these sessions being 1.5 hours. Please visit https://www.planning.org/cm/activities/eligibility/ for additional information on the content needed to meet law and ethics requirements.

Poster Session

This session will be less formal and focus on research. Presenters will be asked to display a tri-fold poster of their choosing and casually chat with fellow conference attendees about their work. This is an ideal platform for students who want to show their research, or for professionals who might not have a full 1.25 presentation but still want to share. These posters can be on a variety of topics and do not need to fit a specific track. At the end of this session, the MAP board will vote on their favorite poster and the winner will receive a cash prize of $100! And while we recommend registrering earlier for the conference to secure discounted lodging and conference registration, the poster session presenters will have an extended submission deadline.

How to Submit a Presentation for Consideration?

To submit a presentation for consideration, please include the following information including names, bios and emails for all of the presenters:

Session title:
Session description:
Session length:
Speaker(s) name (please indicate any professional certifications):
Speaker(s) bio:
Speaker(s) email address

The Call for Presenters is scheduled to close on June 30th, 2021.