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Conference date: October 28-30th

Call for Session Leaders!

This year we are intentionally calling for Session Leaders, rather that Presenters. The goal is to create more interactive sessions with an emphasis on discussion, take aways, and making connections. While we will still accept the traditional PowerPoint style presentation more weight will be given to session ideas that are collaborative, involve more than one perspective, ask questions, and connect individual learning with the bigger questions around how we move forward together in our industry. 
These could take the form of workshops, panel discussions, etc... But don't worry, if you have a presentation idea that makes sense as a PP and brings some great info to folks, we will not turn you away! 

We also encourage sessions from folks that may not be within our industry but have something to teach us from other industries. Branding and marketing? Supply and demand economics? Retail and online sales? Strategic Planning and Organizational development?  Anything that you think may help our businesses and organizations grow and attract opportunities. 
We would also love to hear from communities about their sustainability goals, decon/reuse/salvage ordinance work,  and waste diversion plans.

As part of this we will try to pair folks with similar interests as applications roll in if there seems to be synergy and opportunity for collaborations. So think outside the PP box folks!  And think about what you LOVED at sessions you have been to elsewhere! 

We will accept applications on a rolling basis for now. But we will begin reviewing on MAY 15th.
As we get our sessions lined up we will likely need to put out a deadline, so complete this soon to make sure you are included. 

Agenda & Tracks
Day 1 - October 28th
Focus on the common threads within our industry and connected industries, including a look back at how reuse and decon got derailed in the mid 20th century from being the norm with our Keynote Speaker Francesca Russello Ammon; author of "Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape". We'll also dig into what communities across the country are dealing with as a result, and reports on what is happening [or not] to shift us back to a truly circular reuse economy. 

Day 1 will also include our Members meeting [all are welcome] followed by: 
Our 25th Anniversary Reception and Awards Ceremony.

Day 2 - October 29th
The focus of day 2 is to look at our three basic areas of work; buildings themselves, the economics that move materials, and how reuse and decon can and should serve community goals.
This day will split into three tracks
  • Buildings - a look at how we design, engineer, deconstruct, and preserve our buildings
  • Reuse Economics - a dive into the operational side of reuse centers, including retail markets, best practices, operational systems, and process efficiencies.
  • Communities - a close look at how decon and reuse support workforce development and jobs, community development, and local economies. As well as how some communities are facing the challenge of including decon and reuse.
Tracks will be targeted to folks that work within these areas with a heavy emphasis on interactive learning, discussion, and a goal to bring tools back home to your businesses and communities. 

Day 2 will also include our TOURS
Afternoon tours to 3 spots, successively, based on our themes. We are also working on a deal with a local Beer Tour Bus operation that will hopefully deliver us all to our local hosts favorite Brewery and then back to the main hotel. More info soon.

Day 3 - October 30th
This day will circle back around to what we hold in common, just as in Day 1, but with an emphasis on how we together start moving our goals forward on local levels with a national agenda. 

This will include a second Keynote [TBA] that will focus on this goal of moving forward into much bigger discussions of what we can do together. 
We will also look at opportunities and how to take advantage of them in your community to make sure you go home with not only great stories and information but essential tools for shifting your local conversations. 
It should be a terrific conference; hope you can join us
(By the way, we'd love to include YOUR voice in future issues of this BMRA newsletter.  Let us know if you have ideas for topics, or if you'd like to contribute an article!)

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