2017 Spring Industry Support Conference


April 18, 2017

Salem Convention Center, Salem, Oregon

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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.

Conference Description

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. 

The Audience

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. 

Practitioner Tracks:

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

Session Formats

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

  • Panel Session Proposals must demonstrate that at least 30 minutes are incorporated for discussion and interaction.  Panels should not be “talking heads” but rather allow sufficient time for adequate discussion and exchange between all in attendance.
  • Panel Sessions should focus on lessons learned, challenges and issues encountered and how those were addressed.  Sessions should not be a “show and tell” of an organization or program.
  • Facilitated Roundtable Discussions should pose a series of discussion questions and should NOT include any formal presentations.
  • We will give preference to sessions that include multiple institutions and diverse perspectives.  Resident/Client perspectives are welcome.
  • Regional diversity, including perspectives from institutions and presenters located outside of Oregon, are most welcome.

Selection Criteria

All submissions are peer-reviewed. The following minimum criteria for presentation proposal acceptance will be used:

  • Session is educational in nature—proposals used to promote specific products will not be accepted. 
  • Session description, title and learning objectives are clearly defined.
  • Speaker expertise and presentation experience is evident.

Other selection criteria considered include:

  • Important, timely and practical content.
  • Content deals with new trends, tools or strategies.
  • Session showcases a proven, industry-changing example.

Breakout Session Criteria

  • Speakers/presenters should provide sufficient copies of any handouts for the audience. Additionally, please provide session materials electronically. These will be posted on the Oregon ON website after the conference for attendees to download.
  • Sessions are 90 minutes long. Please indicate the time you need to present your information and allow for questions and discussion.  Exceptions may be made for longer sessions if warranted.
  • Presenters must bring their own laptops. Mac and tablet users should bring appropriate adapter cables for VGA and HDMI projector ports.

Presenter Benefits and Responsibilities

  • Each presenter must register themselves for the conference.  Panel Sessions will receive a maximum of five complimentary tickets and Facilitated Roundtable and Lecture/Training Sessions will receive a maximum of two complimentary tickets (a one-time use code will be provided).
  • Oregon ON provides one screen, LCD projector and 2 microphones in each room.  Additional equipment, including internet connection, is at the expense of the presenter from the conference AV provider.  Presenters will be responsible for providing any audiovisual equipment or technology needs not listed above.
  • All presenters are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, parking, meal costs not provided through conference registration, and handout materials

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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