2020 NNECAPA Annual Conference
2020 Northern New England Planning Conference Postponed to October 13 - 15, 2021 at the Hilton in Burlington, Vermont
The NNECAPA Executive Committee and the 2020 Planning Conference Host Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone this year's 2020 Northern New England Planning Conference to next fall, October 13-15, 2021 at the Hilton in Burlington, Vermont.
Given the current uncertainty around the duration and long-term impact of business closures, and potential for episodic social distancing measures to be in place, we believe this is the most prudent choice for both our organization and our members. In addition to uncertainty about the timeframe around limits on physical gatherings, we understand that you and your organizations may be experiencing loss of revenue or spending freezes that could impact your ability to attend a conference this fall or our generous sponsors from assisting us. Proactively delaying the conference for a year enables NNECAPA to maintain its commitment to the Hilton without financial penalties, and to avoid holding a large gathering amid such uncertainty.
Alternate Forms of Professional Development This Fall
The 2020 Planning Conference Host Committee will continue to work to provide continuing education and professional development content to NNECAPA members during this time. They will be collaborating with the Maine Section, who has also postponed their spring conference, to bring all NNECAPA members a series of online webinars/trainings this fall in lieu of our in-person events. We anticipate sharing more details about this option in the coming months. We will also be working with the entire NNECAPA Executive Committee to prepare a plan for how to conduct the Annual Business meeting this fall since we will not be coming together in-person.
We also want to take a moment to express a huge thank you to the more than 60 individuals and groups that submitted a session proposal, and to our early sponsors for their commitments to the conference! The 2020 Planning Conference Host Committee was so excited and pleasantly surprised to see so much interest in the upcoming conference. We look forward to carrying that momentum into our upcoming programming. The Committee will be contacting those who submitted a session description and the sponsors who have already signed up about plans to either incorporate their contributions into the fall online offerings, or to defer them to the 2020/2021 Northern New England Planning Conference.
Good Wishes to All
Finally, we send our best to all of our members, your families, and your communities during this time. We know that this is a stressful and uncertain time for all, and we wish for the safety, health, and well-being of all of our colleagues across Northern New England.
Thank you for your understanding about this important decision. Please let us know if you have any questions about these decisions or the modified conference plans.
Sarah Marchant, NNECAPA President
Jim Donovan, Conference Co-Chair
Meagan Tuttle, Conference Co-Chair
Nancy Kilbride, Chapter Administrator