N.J. Planning & Redevelopment Conference looking for panel ideas

If you’ve ever wanted to help plan a conference — instead of just attending one — this is your chance.

New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association are looking for topics to present at their three-day conference in June. (It will be held virtually June 21-22 and in-person June 23 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.)

The 2023 New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference aims to bring together bold ideas, innovative solutions, proven concepts and best practices for creating stronger, more inclusive and equitable places where people live, work and play.

The conference will feature a multitude of timely session offerings as it reimagines land use in a rapidly changing and post-pandemic environment — and it can always use more ideas.

And, please remember, the conference committee is not only committed to a diversity of topics and perspectives, but a diversity of presenters as well.

“We believe the issues of systemic racism, segregation and our legacy of inequality in land use and redevelopment must be tackled in a direct and proactive manner, and we will be creating opportunities to do just that at this conference,” conference organizers said.

Submissions will be accepted through March 3.

Proposals will be evaluated and selected based on how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Diverse composition: The conference committee believes the issues of systemic racism, segregation and our legacy of inequality in land use and redevelopment must be tackled directly and proactively. All sessions must have panels that are racially and gender-inclusive. Any session submission not meeting this requirement will be immediately rejected. For example, sessions with all white panelists or all male panelists will not be accepted.
  • Relevancy: The topic is related to land use, community planning and public policy.
  • Timely: The topic is in the news and/or currently being discussed, debated and implemented. The speakers are prominent, experienced and up-to-date on the current topic.
  • New/Innovative: The topic represents a new or innovative approach to a problem, especially with implications for a post-pandemic era. The speakers have a reputation or track record in cutting-edge work.
  • Diverse perspectives: Different viewpoints on the same topic are illuminated. For example, a panel may have a local official, a planner, an attorney and a community member. Another example could be four planners from different states talking about a single issue from different points of view.
  • Availability in the conference program: Availability of preferred session type (pre-recorded for virtual days or live for the in-person day).

For more information on the guidelines, click here.

To submit a proposal, click here.