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Why you should attend CNU's Annual Congress
The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is one of the only multi-disciplinary events of its kind in the United States. Still, if your organization or company’s travel and training budgets are financially constrained, you may have trouble getting approval to attend. We've put together some key points that you can use in helping your supervisor make a decision about your attendance.
Benefits of attending CNU 27.Louisville
- Excellent Value. For as little as $325 for four days of full programming, CNU is far more affordable than comparable conferences of its kind. We have designed the Congress to be financially attainable and substantive, knowing that travel budgets are limited at most public agencies.
- Continuing education credits. CNU applies for AIA, AICP, and LAAB (ASLA) credits each year, with most sessions earning credits for at least AIA and AICP, if not all three. At a recent Congress, a total of 125 AIA LU credits and 130 AICP CM credits were offered. Of those who apply, the average credits earned per attendee at the Congress is 15.
- Core workshops that offer foundational knowledge of New Urbanism, coupled with advanced 202 Workshops that offer high-level instruction. Both tracks go well beyond the content of a typical breakout session, and are led by thought leaders and innovative practitioners.
- Additional workshop opportunities the day prior to Congress, such as the Form-Based Code Bootcamp and other intensive day-long trainings through CNU partners.
- Dozens of neighborhood-specific tours give you firsthand knowledge of the host city’s conditions, challenges, and solutions, with engagement from local experts.
- The opportunity to expand your network:
- Learn and meet with hundreds of experts leading sessions and workshops, and hundreds of fellow local government representatives.
- Develop new relationships by networking with professionals inside and outside of your field at events tailored to local governments, alongside the larger Congress events.
- Solidify old relationships.
- Exchange ideas with other attendees to spark new opportunities and even lead to projects.
Talking with your employer
- Focus on what you will specifically bring back to the organization in return for the investment.
- Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and/or Q&A to your colleagues post-Congress to share what you learned. That way, your colleagues will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
- Offer to share any collected documents and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you’ll have access to materials such as speaker presentations, handouts, etc. that you can share.
- Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the Congress. Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses if others are also interested in attending.
- Be sure to check out the registration page where the various registration rates are listed to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates, discounts, or a scholarship. We have early bird discounts available, so the sooner you are prepared, the more money you will save!
Need an Invitation to Attend?
If you need an official invitation letter for your employer to attend CNU 27.Louisville, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.