If you are a long-time member of the policy geek world, then you have probably attended the Annual Conference on Policy Analysis sponsored each fall by the Economic Research Group at the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education. If you haven’t attended the conference before, but you love a good policy discussion, then you really should really check it out this year – Wednesday, October 14.
The theme this year is “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Chris Farrell, economics editor at American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio, will deliver the keynote. And there will be sessions on a whole range of issues, including the future of public services, green jobs, cap and trade, housing, using social media, Minnesota Compass, public transit and more. The conference closes with a nice reception. You can see the full agenda online.
Going to the conference is always a valuable chance to both learn and network (this is the point where I confess that I’m on the planning committee…and so am particularly aware of how interesting the program will be).
But this year, there is a great deal for nonprofits!
CURA, one of the conference’s co-sponsors, is stepping up to provide matching scholarships for up to 13 nonprofit organizations. The conference fee (if you register by October 1st) is $125. CURA will provide a $75 scholarship, reducing the cost to $50.
If you would like to apply for a CURA scholarship, send a short letter 1) describing your organization and 2) saying how you hope to use the conference in your work. This offer is open only to 501(c)(3) organizations and there is one scholarship per organization. Send the letter by September 25 (by mail or e-mail) to:
Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA)
University of Minnesota
301 – 19th Av S, #330
Minneapolis MN 55455
I should note that there is also a reduced rate for students – just $50 (no scholarship necessary).
This is a great chance for nonprofits to join the throngs of state and local government officials and academics who take advantage of this conference. So, if you haven’t already registered, be sure to get your registration in by October 1 (otherwise the cost increases).