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Call for presentations – AWC Annual Conference

AWC Annual Conference
June 23-26, 2015
Wenatchee Convention Center

AWC invites you to submit proposals to present at AWC’s Annual Conference. The goal of AWC’s training program is to help city leaders tackle difficult challenges through dynamic and relevant educational opportunities.

AWC’s Annual Conference offers a wide variety of session topics pertaining to municipal leaders – both elected officials and professional staff. We are currently accepting proposals for educational and skill-building presentations that address emerging and critical issues while encouraging audience interaction and participation. We are particularly interested in proposed sessions that prepare our members and conference participants for the economic and organizational challenges that all public agencies will face in the coming years.

Topics of particular interest to our members might include (but are not limited to) sessions that tackle these questions:

  • How can city assets be identified and leveraged for city planning and revitalization?
  • What role can and should elected officials play in shaping the future of Washington cities?
  • What opportunities and barriers exist in community and economic development?
  • How can elected officials take advantage of their fiscal tools? How do they develop innovative budgeting strategies that reflect community priorities?
  • What are some ways that cities can work with community partners to engage youth and others in civic involvement?
  • How do cities plan for shifting demographics of age, race, and socioeconomic diversity, and what challenges do these shifts produce for service delivery?
  • What can cities do now to prepare for a crisis or natural disaster?
  • How do cities balance environmental regulations with fiscal realities?
  • How do cities incorporate technology into their service mix?

The Annual Conference is an opportunity to learn, network, share ideas, and devise solutions. The conference goal is to craft a community of leaders that is supportive of each other and responsive to the changing needs and conditions of individual communities.

We invite policymakers, consultants, practitioners, associate members and scholars from a range of fields to submit proposals. The conference takes place at the Wenatchee Convention Center from Tuesday, June 23 through Friday, June 26, 2015, and features a mix of educational sessions, panel discussions and networking events.

The theme for the upcoming Annual Conference is: Engaging Future City Leaders. We strive to provide our members with a wide variety of viewpoints which can affect the selection and placement of presentations. AWC may choose to organize individual proposals into a single session of 2-3 speakers. Additionally, confirmed speakers may be asked to prepare a five minute summary that highlights the more important points of the presentation. These mini-session presentations will be professionally videotaped for future use by AWC.

Proposal guidelines

All proposals must be submitted via the link below. Please note you may not receive a copy of your submission. You may want to create and save your responses in another application (e.g. Microsoft Word) before completing the survey template. Click here to access the link.

All of the following information must be included:

  • Name, contact information (address, email, phone, website address if applicable) and a brief bio (100 words) for each speaker. Please include experience in giving similar presentations. For session proposals, all speakers must be confirmed prior to proposal submission.
  • Session title (if a session proposal) or individual presentation title(s).
  • A one-page (about 300 words) description of the proposed presentation or session including: length of presentation/session; intended audience (elected officials, professional city staff, etc.); whether the presentation is basic, intermediate, or advanced; content and method of delivery (case study review, interactive exercises, PowerPoint presentation, panel discussion etc.).
  • Three specific learning objectives. You will want to complete the sentence, “Following my presentation, participants will be able to….”
  • Audiovisual requests.

Proposal deadline

Deadline for proposal submission: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5 pm (Pacific Time).

Selection criteria

In order to ensure a balanced conference program, all proposals are reviewed and evaluated by committee. Special consideration may be given to AWC’s Associate Members. Click here for more information about the program. Presentations are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of learning objectives and takeaway tools offered to conference participants.
  • Level of interactivity and method of diverse teaching styles.
  • The degree to which the presentation supports one or more of the educational tracks, with priority given to selecting a comparable number of sessions for each track.
  • Thoroughness of the subject matter and proposal.
  • Originality and relevance of materials.

All prospective presenters will be notified via email of the status of their proposal Monday, March 9, 2015. All final copies of presentation materials (PowerPoint files, etc.) are due to AWC by Monday, June 8, 2015. Final presentation materials must be emailed to awcspeakers@awcnet.org by 5 pm (Pacific Time). Materials will be made available on AWC’s website for conference participants to access by June 17, 2015.


AWC uses educational conference sessions for innovation in the field of educating elected officials. We seek presenters who are willing to share their expertise without the expectation of payment in the spirit of cooperation and networking. Presenters are generally responsible for their own travel, lodging and expenses.

For more information on the conference, visit www.awcnet.org/TrainingEducation/Conferences/AnnualConference.aspx. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Questions or comments may be sent to: awcspeakers@awcnet.org