2017 Spring Industry Support Conference
CALL FOR PRESENTERS
April 18, 2017
Salem Convention Center, Salem, Oregon
SUBMISSION DEADLINE - Extended: February 10, 2017
Oregon Opportunity Network
Oregon Opportunity Network (Oregon ON) is the membership-based statewide association of over 150 affordable housing and community development organizations, public housing authorities, partners and advocates. Oregon ON strengthens our members, the industry and communities throughout Oregon through advocacy, best practices development and peer learning.
Oregon ON’s Industry Support Conference provides policy and advocacy updates; technical skill-building content and showcases how innovators are solving business problems for their organization by leveraging resources, implementing best practices and forging cross-sector collaborations to strengthen and sustain housing and asset building programs for hard-working families and vulnerable populations throughout Oregon.We welcome submissions from industry professionals, consultants, educators, and community stakeholders from the corporate, academic, non-profit and the public sector. We look for “how-to” content, best practices and thought-provoking ideas—all with a focus on how to reach new levels of performance, equity and sustainability. In particular, we are seeking proposals with a focus towards innovation and impact. You are invited to submit a proposal to present at Oregon Opportunity Network’s Spring Industry Support Conference.
Our conference draws 250-300 participants, primarily line-staff, administrators and leaders from community development and affordable housing organizations who come together to discuss common issues, successes and challenges. Attendees are organizational professionals across all industry sectors including housing and community development, advocacy, social services, community action agencies, housing authorities, government agencies, finance, and construction. They work in rural and small town environments, and in suburban and urban areas.
Attendees want tips and techniques for increasing their knowledge and skills for their positions. They are also seeking education on compliance requirements, policies and advocacy objectives to strengthen their programs and community impact.
Proposal Guidelines & Information
We welcome proposals from industry experts, vendors, researchers, consultants and front-line practitioners that focus on how-to, in-the-trenches, skill-building content, as well as examples of best practices and innovations. Proposals should support one of our six practitioner groups listed below.
Conference sessions will be organized based on the following categories or tracks. Sample topics of interest are included underneath for each category. When submitting your proposal, you must indicate which category you believe is the best fit. Proposals that address more than one category are acceptable and multiple proposals may be submitted from the same primary presenter.
1. Leadership & Policy: equity and cultural responsiveness tools, recruiting/retaining a diverse workforce, internal systems best practices, industry resource updates, cross-sector and impact collaborations that support housing, and industry-related policy initiatives
2. Housing Development: case studies and innovative approaches to displacement mitigation, developing in resource-poor communities, rural development, sustainable building practices, cost containment strategies, infill and densification strategies, building/design considerations for specific tenant/cultural communities, tax-credit accounting basics
3. Fiscal Management: Uniform Guidance updates/impacts, cost allocation policies, balance sheet improvement, human resource management, budgeting and accounting basics, board development and support, audit notes and schedules
4. Resident Services: understanding poverty, equity and intercultural education, trauma-informed care/services, cross-sector collaborations, fair housing best practices, tenant-landlord law updates, tenant engagement, and data management
5. Property & Asset Management: AFFH/disparate impact implications/rules, fair housing updates, capital needs assessments, understanding and negotiating cash flow, compliance and reporting, post-Year 15 rehabs, life-cycle cost analysis, energy monitoring
6. Homeownership Counseling & Education: federal reporting compliance, cultural approaches to financial literacy, strategic planning at program level, credit action plans, building credit without legal documentation, business models for delivering homeownership services
The Industry Support Conference includes three series of concurrent breakout sessions. Sessions are 90 minutes in length. There are three types of sessions for which proposals may be submitted:
1. Panel Discussions: Panels may include a maximum of 4 presenters and one moderator. A minimum of 30 minutes of interactive dialogue with session attendees is required. Feedback from previous conference attendees has shown that the most successful sessions are those that exhibit the spirit of genuine discussion and exchange of ideas.
2. Facilitated Roundtables: Roundtables, focused on specific topics, may be presented by a maximum of 2 facilitators. The idea of the roundtable is to delve into the deeper issues of particular topics and focus on developing solutions, approaches, strategies, or innovative thinking. They demand interaction from all participants. Facilitators briefly introduce the topic and provide background information (this should not be a presentation and should not involve a slideshow), then pose questions to facilitate the discussion. The outcome of each roundtable session is a collegial discussion and an exchange of ideas providing a range of perspectives and take-aways for participants. Facilitators are requested to submit the discussion outcomes in writing to Oregon ON for posting on the conference website within two weeks of the conference.
3. Lecture or Training: Lectures and Trainings may be presented by a single speaker, but not more than 2 lecturers/trainers. The topic must be informative and relevant to affordable housing, equity or the intersection of housing with other sectors, such as health, education, etc. Trainings should allow participants to practice or apply new skills during the session and/or include small group work. A minimum of 30 minutes of interactive dialogue with session attendees is required.
Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal
Indicate the type of session format for which you are submitting a proposal:
1. A panel discussion 2. A facilitated roundtable discussion 3. Lecture or Training
All submissions are peer-reviewed. The following minimum criteria for presentation proposal acceptance will be used:
Other selection criteria considered include:
Breakout Session Criteria
Presenter Benefits and Responsibilities
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017
Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the primary presenter by February 28, 2017.
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