|The Active Living Resource Center’s Emerging Leaders pilot program in Chattanooga TN developed active living related internships for students in health, planning, engineering, and public administration.|
Send us your future planners, engineers, and public health practitioners who are yearning to learn how the built environment influences health, happiness, and well-being. We will have 101 level sessions available for you to pick up what the professors in your urban studies or engineering program should be teaching you. Graduate students and pre-professionals will have a chance to network with the people doing the exciting work. Finally, if you are looking for a graduate program in the field, the LA County region has developed some really interesting academic-advocacy-government partnerships to support active living.
If you can get to Long Beach, September 10-13, we will figure out how to get you into the conference. Advice: 1) wait for the program to be announced; and 2) go through your professional association such as APBP, ITE, APA, or APHA.
Pro Walk/Pro Bike was established in 1980 and has convened every two years since. The conference is run on a break-even basis, with any surplus going to support the continuation of the conference. Our revenues are generated from sponsorships (40%) and registration fees (60%). We do our best to keep overhead low, while providing a good value to conference participants. For 2012, our costs have increased $10-20 over 2010, which is below inflation.
Pro Walk/Pro Bike does not offer comps to presenters. Approximately 20 percent of conference participants are presenters; comping that many would be unsustainable, and would force us to reduce the number and variety of presentations. For 2012, we will have 60+ Panel Sessions with multiple presenters, and 50+ Poster Sessions; it’s an incredible and bewildering array of choices. And yet I wish we had more space and time.
We do have a certain degree of flexibility for hardships. We ask, however, that you exhaust all other avenues first. Unsure what constitutes a hardship? Here’s a case study of what does not:
A representative of a well-known 51 million member motorists rights organization requested a comp that would allow his participation on a distracted driving panel. This request was made despite the fact that his organization’s annual budget exceeded the annual operating budget of approximately 70% of the local governments sending staff to our conference.
Verdict: not a hardship.