Submitting a Session Proposal

Submitter's Responsibilities

  • Design and develop session content.
  • If additional presenters are included in the session, the submitter is responsible for obtaining their agreement, collecting all contact and other requested information from each proposed speaker, and communicating all relevant details to others involved. It is assumed when a proposal is submitted that all presenters listed on the proposal have been contacted and have agreed to participate.
  • If the session is selected, the submitter will work with the NMSC conference staff and content committee members assigned to their session to finalize  content and speaker information.

Terms and Conditions

  • The submitter will serve as primary contact for the proposed session and must have a valid e-mail address that is checked regularly.
  • Presenters are offered a reduced registration fee for the conference or complimentary day-only registration for the day of their session. Speakers who are members of the National Main Street Center will receive an  additional registration discount.
  • All presenters must agree to all terms and conditions for participation.
  • Submissions must be submitted electronically via the Main Streets Conference online system.
  • For all accepted submissions, the NMSC reserves the right to edit title, description, outcomes, or reassign identified topic areas for promotional purposes.
  • All presenters for accepted sessions will receive and be expected to return a signed agreement outlining terms and conditions for participation in the National Main Streets Conference.
  • Education sessions are non-commercial. Presenters may not promote a product, service, or anything else representing monetary self-interest. Failure to comply will affect future consideration.
  • The schedule is determined by balancing topics and target audiences. Individual schedule requests are considered only in extreme circumstances.
  • Co-presenter(s) must agree to all terms and conditions for participation.
  • Submitter is responsible for communicating with co-presenter(s) regarding acceptance, rejection, deadlines, and all other session details.

Key Dates

  • Call for Papers Announced: June 15, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: August 3, 2015
  • 2016 Main Streets Conference: May 22-25, 2016

Proposal Review Criteria

We are especially interested in proposals that demonstrate high-level thinking, creative solutions to common revitalization challenges, and innovative ways to leverage opportunities or assets. Tell us how you do something different and better. Lead an honest discussion about your failures; we encourage brave presenters who want to share lessons learned from tough challenges, obstacles and failures, because there is a lot to learn from examples other than success stories. We also seek interesting partnerships, cutting-edge ideas, innovative uses of new technology, measured results, and ways to work smarter. Sessions that blend the fundamental concepts of a topic with methodology and real-world application (case studies, shared by the actual practitioner when possible) often rise to the top.

In addition, the education committee will consider:

  • Overall quality of the proposed session content;
  • Timeliness and relevance to an important programmatic, technical, policy, or philosophical issue in the preservation-based revitalization field;
  • Title that is engaging and reflects content of the session, course or workshop;
  • Description that accurately reflects the proposed content and articulates the educational goals;
  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal;
  • Well-defined focus of the topic and presentation;
  • Presentation skills and knowledge level of the suggested speakers;
  • Applicability and appeal to a national audience;
  • Format and length appropriate to topic; and
  • Creative session design that encourages interaction among participants.