Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018

GTS Logo_Filled InConference Theme: From Ideas to Action

The Summit aims to inspire future projects and celebrate success connecting the public to trails and waterways around Georgia. With this goal in mind, our 2019 theme is From Ideas to Action. Proposals should focus on compelling ideas and the implementation or tactical action that followed them up. Acceptable submissions are not limited to physical projects or completed projects. Innovative new approaches to policy development, visioning processes, regional cooperation and collaboration, public private partnerships, land acquisition and community engagement and activation are all welcome concepts for submission. We particularly encourage proposals that inform the following tracks:

Creating a big vision
Developing a master plan
Engaging community members and stakeholders in planning process
Making the case for trails through data analysis and modeling, economic impact studies

Building Partnerships
Regional cooperation
Engaging political leaders, non-profit partners, and the philanthropic community
Working with funders to achieve mutual goals
Reaching out to local outfitters

Implementation and Management
Getting your funded project off the ground
Common obstacles for trails projects and how to overcome them
Management and programming of trails and blueways
Marketing the trail: Engaging local businesses and hospitality industry

Conference Format

The Summit embraces creative approaches to session delivery and curriculum. To encourage unique and innovative sessions, proposals will be accepted in two formats: traditional Classroom sessions and Mobile Workshops.

Mobile Workshop sessions will be hosted on Sunday, May 5, 2019. These outdoor excursions will give attendees the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment. Workshops should incorporate experiences such as a walking tour, paddling experience, hike, bike ride, or similar activity to enhance the educational material.

Classroom sessions will be offered on Monday, May 6, 2019. They should offer engaging curriculum for attendees from presentation teams or panel discussion groups. Session topics can cover any of the topics listed in the above section, and should include presentation materials and an audience Q&A section at a minimum, if not an open discussion format.

Submission & Selection Process

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018

Please follow guidelines listed below to submit either a classroom session or a mobile workshop session for consideration. The 2019 Georgia Trail Summit Committee will review and select proposed Classroom sessions and Mobile Workshops based on the following criteria:

  • Session/workshop relevance to the Summit theme
  • Contribution to attendees’ knowledge of the topic/subject
  • Creativity and/or innovation in format or content

Guidelines for Proposal Submission

The curriculum team will only consider sessions that comply with the following guidelines:

  • Proposals must address the conference theme: From Ideas to Action
  • Proposals should include speakers from different firms/organizations. Preference will be given to proposals including three (3) or more different presenters and organizations.
  • All proposed presenters must be confirmed at time of submission.
  • Classroom session proposals must be designed for a 90 minute format.
  • Classroom session proposals should allot time for audience interaction within the given timeframe, whether in discussion or question & answer format.
  • Mobile Workshop sessions should be active and should expand participants understanding of the Summit theme.
  • Optional: Sessions that can conform to criteria that qualifies them for continuing education credits for design professionals will be given preferential consideration.
  • Proposals that incorporate commercial message for a presenter’s business or organization will not be considered.

Download the submission form and send in your proposal today!

Submit a Classroom Proposal

Submit a Mobile Workshop proposal



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