REQUEST FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
THEME: Resilient Communities: Centering Quality of Life, Place, and Opportunity
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Friday, October 31, 2022, by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)
IMPORTANT: Proposals must meet the criteria outlined in this call for sessions
PRESENTATION DATE: February 1, 2023
FORMAT: In-person Event
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Indiana
ABOUT PROSPERITY INDIANA
For more than 36 years, Prosperity Indiana (PI) has created economic opportunities for Hoosiers, particularly those who are most disadvantaged. PI builds a better future for our communities through advocacy and programs that strengthen family economic success and improve lives.
Prosperity Indiana impacts:
The 2023 Prosperity Indiana Summit will energize 200-300 community economic development professionals to focus on the heart of community economic development – Hoosier communities. Balancing theory and practice, the Summit will catalyze asset-building strategies, affordable housing opportunities, and policy change to affect racial, health, gender, age, and economic disparities within Indiana's rural, urban, and suburban communities.
The 2023 Summit, and the work it catalyzes, must play a leading role in advancing equity and system change in Indiana. Residents, community-based organizations (CBOs), and local units of government strengthen community resiliency by ensuring equitable resource distribution, supporting authentic engagement, and increasing accountability for community success. PI 2023 Summit sessions should provide thought-provoking content and/or catalyze conversations outlining specific roles these stakeholder play in supporting equitable housing, health, and financial empowerment systems.
PI’s annual Summit provides value for 200-300 individuals from across the community economic development sector. Attendees represent various experience levels and industries throughout Indiana such as affordable housing developers, financial empowerment professionals, homeless serving agencies, local units of governments, financial institutions, United Ways, and community foundations.
SUMMIT SESSION FRAMEWORK AND TRACKS
Recognizing and articulating the unique differences between community development and economic development is challenging. While community development focuses more on making a neighborhood, town, city, or region a better place to live and work, economic development focuses on creating wealth supporting community benefits. Achieving a vibrant local economy requires an infrastructure supporting both community AND economic development.
Tracks and Framework
The 2023 Summit will include a series of breakout sessions or “tracks” dedicated PI members’ main areas of expertise: housing, health, and financial empowerment. Sessions addressing these content areas from community development AND economic development perspectives are encouraged. PI also recommends that sessions address the content areas though a Policy, Programs, Public/Private Investments, and Performance framework. Prosperity Indiana defines the framework as follows:
An integrated set of resources and activities providing a service to clients.
A deliberate system to guide decisions and achieve outcomes.
Investments, for the public good, focusing on quality of life.
A wide range of capabilities, knowledge, and resources that nonprofits need in order to be effective.
Please keep the following in mind when designing your summit proposal.
Session proposals are due on or before Friday, October 31, 2021, by 5.00 pm (Eastern Time).