PCRG is seeking proposals to provide mobile workshop tour design, planning, coordination, and implementation in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Community Development Summit. Interested in proposing a tour? Please read through the following criteria before submitting a proposal.
Three separate and congruent mobile workshops highlighting community development initiatives throughout Greater Pittsburgh will be featured during the 2014 Summit. The tours will be held on Wednesday, May 14th from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. They will begin and end and the William Penn Omni Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. The Summit coordinator and PCRG will contract with three separate committees to execute each workshop. Each committee should be comprised of three to eight individuals representing various stakeholders within the community or communities that will be highlighted during the tour. Selected workshops will be given a stipend not to exceed $500 from PCRG to provide for transportation, materials, snacks, etc. However, committees are encouraged to solicit in-kind donations from local businesses where possible.
This year’s theme is Reaching Across Boundaries. As with all session topics, the mobile workshops should broadly fit the Summit’s theme. Potential 2014 examples include, but are not limited to:
- Mutually-beneficial partnerships between non-profit, for-profit, and public sector organizations that have resulted in innovative community solutions;
- The relationship of colleges and universities to the communities that they inhabit and the exploration of what it means to be a good neighbor;
- Joint comprehensive planning efforts, highlighting neighboring communities that have come together to plan for and preserve shared resources or collectively address a common goal;
- Other strategic collaborations on projects or programs that reach across municipal or neighborhood boundaries.
For a better understanding of the mobile workshop topic areas, formats, and agendas, reference a description of the mobile workshops offered at the 2013 Summit. Note that last year’s theme was 25 Years of Building Complete Communities.
The Summit Planning Committee will select the three mobile workshops proposals. Selected mobile workshops will be varied in subject matter and jurisdictions. Criteria for consideration could include but not be limited to:
- Geographic diversity;
- Compelling and unique stories for each neighborhood(s) or municipality(s);
- Tours that illustrate the work of PCRG, ULI, and our regional partners;
- Topics that are more suited to be covered in the field rather than in a typical session format.
The Committee is diligent about ensuring that all session and workshop content is interesting, relevant, timely, and non-duplicative. As such, you may be asked to revise your proposal or combine it with another workshop.
Katie Hale, PCRG Neighborhood Policy Manager and Summit Coordinator, will serve as the event liaison for each workshop. She will attend planning meetings, assist with logistical needs, execute authorized contracts with vendors, and provide general oversight to the process.
Proposals will be accepted between November 1st, 2013 and January 31st, 2014. All proposals must be received no later than January 31st, 2014. You will be notified as to whether your workshop has been selected by February 14th, 2014.