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E-Sports: Get in the Game

E-Sports is an explosive billion-dollar industry. Are you and your department ready for its impact on community recreation? This session will explore the hard data and take an honest look at the issues involved in bringing E-sports to your community centers. From space planning in an existing facility, design of a new facility, to the legal implications, we will discuss all angles of the issues involved in incorporating E-Sports into your programming. The E-Sports wave is coming, and it’s time to get in the game!

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Generating Revenue for Your Park with Sponsorship

Park sponsorships from prospecting to closing the deal. The presentation is designed to be applicable for the smallest parks to the largest. Including a step by step process to help park districts generate additional revenue. What will be covered: - Identifying your assets (events, programs, naming rights, social media, collateral etc.) - Prospecting - Where to find your next sponsor - Initial outreach - Best way to contact potential sponsors - The proposal & pitch - What do sponsors want to see in a proposal and how to sell it - Follow-up - When to follow up and how often - Closing the deal - Activation - How to bring the sponsorship to life - Recap and renewal - Keeping the business I plan to have an interactive session with the attendees to run through a mock sponsorship process. Through these steps, each individual will leave the session with a template for how to start a sponsorship program or increase sponsorship revenue.

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How to Start, Build, and Grow your Local Park Foundation

My session will explore the importance of LOCAL Park Foundations and / or LOCAL Friends of the Parks Groups across the United States, and explore the common components of successful local Park Foundations or Friends of the Park Groups. We will also discuss the important strategies that will help appeal to those in the room that are in the start- up phase of their foundations as well as help those who need to revitalize or strengthen already existing Local Park Foundations or Local Friends of the Parks organizations. The focus for all foundations will be to create more relevance within their communities, greater connectivity with their park department, agency , or district, and an understanding that successful park foundations are governed through strategy and involved citizens and volunteers who have respect for those strategies.

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Innovative, Inexpensive, and Interactive Aquatic Programs

Stuck in a rut? Looking for new program ideas for your aquatic facility? Want to update current programs to bring in new customers? Don’t have a lot of money to spend? Want to keep both your participants and staff excited and motivated? In this session, participants are provided with a plethora of programming ideas that range from simple to complex in order to generate and maintain participants’ interest in their aquatic facility. Ideas are shared that meet the needs of aquatic operators from a wide variety of facilities. Session participants will be given the tools they need to introduce their patrons to novel programs that re-invigorate their interest in their local aquatic facility. Marketing techniques and tips for re-developing current programs are provided. Finally, techniques for developing staff excitement and buy-in of new programs are reviewed and discussed.

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Living STEAM Laboratories, Adapting to Climate Change

The natural resources of Parks & Recreation are an invaluable defense to climate change. This conference session is an interactive discussion for Parks & Recreation professionals designed to jumpstart “Living Laboratory” programs within their agencies. These programs showcase the innovative ways parks and their partners can adapt to the world’s environmental issues and raise conservation awareness. With parks as the venue, educators can engage students using hands-on, experiential, research-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curricula to foment a new wave of environmental leaders. The successful implementation of these programs will position parks as incubators for the environmental revolution needed to mitigate climate change.

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Once Upon a Pie Chart: Using Data to Tell Your Story

Getting the word out about your services and needs is critically important in keeping your organization relevant as you fight for funding and attention. Backing your message with data has the potential increasing your impact, but telling your story in a way that gets people to understand, engage, and act requires more than simply adding a few charts and graphs to your reports and presentations. Learn the fundamentals of both storytelling and data visualization so that you can create messages that are both informative and compelling to share with staff, elected officials, and the public.

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Parks and Recreation Supporting Mental Health Challenges

Mental illness in the United States has become pervasive, with individuals suffering from many disorders. There are opportunities for practitioners in our field to support mental health challenges that many individuals face every day. The session will provide an overview of mental health issues facing us as a society, increase awareness of the myriad of disorders that exist, and how the park and recreation industry can play a role in providing support to mental health agencies, mental health professionals, and individuals who suffer from mental illness, as well as those who want to maintain good mental health. It is a well known fact that exercise can improve physical health. Research also suggests that exercise is beneficial for mental health. New research reveals a clear link between well-being and immersion in nature. The session will explore examples of agencies from around the country that are doing their part to create better mental health in their communities.

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Positioning Your Agency for Long-term Financial Success

Park and recreation agencies today are under ever increasing pressure to provide more services, but struggle to receive the tax support necessary to fund what is demanded of them. Departments that adopt, embrace, and leverage a more entrepreneurial stance will be best positioned to succeed over the long term, including during the next inevitable economic downturn, while providing exceptional programs and services to the public. This session will highlight how one department transform itself from being 80% tax funded to becoming over 80% self-sufficient in its operations, a feet it has accomplished since 2011. We will have an honest discussion on the pros and cons of being a high cost recovery agency, sharing some of the unexpected challenges faced. Strategies used to build a more resilient agency, in all areas from administration and programming to maintenance and environmental stewardship, will be shared.

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Responding to Disaster: The Role of Parks and Recreation

Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes...Natural disaster events happen. Goals of the Operation Recreation Response initiative include helping agencies proactively develop capacity to natural disasters through better management practices. ORR has several layers: 1) Before an event - Emergency preparedness through proactive planning and assessments; 2) During the event, aligning mutual aid type assistance and providing services to those affected, including staff; and 3) After the event - Providing assistance to rebuild and repair park and recreation assets. We will cover tools, best practices, and innovations for preparation and response.

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Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks

Communities across the country are adding spray parks as one of the most highly requested and utilized recreation amenities. How can these be universally designed to be inclusive for people of all ages and abilities? This session will examine the best practices for creating spray parks that are fun for people with and without disabilities, children, parents and grandparents alike.Ê Attn: AFO Certified Professionals - this session eligible for Group "A" CEU Credit renewal.

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