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Today's conference

giff57

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So I spent the entire day a an economic development conference. Counting keynotes and breakout sessions, only one session did not mention the "creative class". Most of them were blah blah creative class blah blah blah creative class yatta yatta.

Some good information but man.. it got a little old.
 

Zoning Goddess

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Why I quit going to conferences here in FL. They have the same da*n speakers on the same da*n topics every year and I don't have the attention span to take it any more. Once an expert, always an expert (sigh)...
 

Richmond Jake

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The last 3 or so conferences I've attended I never set foot in a single session. I spent my time out on golf courses. Thanks for paying my way city/county. :-D
 

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Tomorrow night the Student Association from Western Michigan University is hosting a City Dinner to talk about the Cool Cities Inactive and Kalamazoo. I was talking to a stranger who is going to be a presenter at it, I asked if she had read much material on smart growth or the creative class… she had no idea what I was talking about. So I e-mailed her a few web site to explain them. Apparently Granholm is going to offer funding to particular cities that provide some sort of Cool Cities Implementation Program.
 

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michaelskis said:
Apparently Granholm is going to offer funding to particular cities that provide some sort of Cool Cities Implementation Program.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
 

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Tranplanner said:
Free sunglasses with every approved site plan?
That just might qualify.....That or we could preface all remarks at public forums with "Dude, you rock...."
 

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I went to a Fair Housing / ADA workshop in Indy some years ago.
The first session speaker was profoundly deaf but had overcome her disability to learn to speak. The problem was her moderation -- "The Americans with Disablities Act provides" became "the A-MAIR-ikens with Dis-AYBIL-iteees ACT pro-VIDES".

Bless her, she knew her stuff, but three hours of that in a darkened room was nigh on impossible.
 

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Just want to say I can't stand BREAK OUT SESSIONS where you go into groups and work on fictional projects, and then report back to the main group. Those suck. I feel like I'm in high school being told what to do.

Thank you.
 

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what are these conferences you speak of. i once heard of a line in my budget called by this name many moons ago. but it's no more than a tall tale...or so i thought...

i think that conferences are a waste of time in most instances...a bunch of stroking and self-glorification about all the great things someone is doing. i want to go to a conference about what's not working and fix it.
 

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While I’ve been to several meetings in the local area, I have my first conference away from home in May. I’ll be staying 2 days in a casino :-D for a Hurricane Conference. It seems like it will be an interesting task, and I look forward to it. Especially the schooner ride in the Gulf (I love boating). I hope that the boss thinks I pulled away some good information so that I get to go to others, I enjoy traveling.

My question is, what ever shall I do in the evenings when the meetings are over? ^o) I’ll be at a casino, but do I want to blow my money gambling B-) ?!? I should just buy a few drinks and sit on the beach :b: and enjoy the sunset.

I just hope I don't hear the "let's not reinvent the wheel” cliché too many times :-# .
 

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Seabishop said:
Just want to say I can't stand BREAK OUT SESSIONS where you go into groups and work on fictional projects, and then report back to the main group. Those suck. I feel like I'm in high school being told what to do.

Thank you.
I hate those break out sessions too. You are to "get in touch with your self" ... which when I hear that phrase I wonder if they are refering to masturbation.
 

sisterceleste

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Dragon said:
While I’ve been to several meetings in the local area, I have my first conference away from home in May. I’ll be staying 2 days in a casino :-D for a Hurricane Conference. It seems like it will be an interesting task, and I look forward to it. Especially the schooner ride in the Gulf (I love boating). I hope that the boss thinks I pulled away some good information so that I get to go to others, I enjoy traveling.

My question is, what ever shall I do in the evenings when the meetings are over? ^o) I’ll be at a casino, but do I want to blow my money gambling B-) ?!? I should just buy a few drinks and sit on the beach :b: and enjoy the sunset.

I just hope I don't hear the "let's not reinvent the wheel” cliché too many times :-# .
If it is at the beach ....let me know. I'm looking for a conference at a good beach.
 

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sisterceleste said:
If it is at the beach ....let me know. I'm looking for a conference at a good beach.

It is surrounded by beach Sisterceleste :-D . And there is a charter boat you can take out to the Barrier Islands, which is even better. It is in Biloxi, MS and is hosted by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
 

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Dragon said:
It is surrounded by beach Sisterceleste :-D . And there is a charter boat you can take out to the Barrier Islands, which is even better. It is in Biloxi, MS and is hosted by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
I'll check it out...I recently found out about a historic preservation conference in Delray Beach in May...it looks promising as a good beach conference.
 

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Dragon said:
I would like to go to that one. The Beau Rivage is a beautiful casino/resort, but sadly my boss is the Floodplain Manager. I'm just a worker :-( .
We have to be very careful about going to conferences where there are casinos. Over a year ago...the local transit agency sent 25 people (yes, I'm serious..25 people) to a conference in Las Vegas and the local sleaze TV station went undercover and filmed Board members at the tables gambling when they were suppose to be at the sessions. Boy was that news....management at the transit agency has greatly changed since that episode.
 

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sisterceleste said:
We have to be very careful about going to conferences where there are casinos. Over a year ago...the local transit agency sent 25 people (yes, I'm serious..25 people) to a conference in Las Vegas and the local sleaze TV station went undercover and filmed Board members at the tables gambling when they were suppose to be at the sessions. Boy was that news....management at the transit agency has greatly changed since that episode.

I bet a lot of head rolled on that one. I don't gamble much, I work to hard for my money to risk it. I say, if you are going to skip any sessions, go enjoy at the beach, a restaurant, or something, just stay away from high profile places that will get you in trouble while conferences are in session.

You could always say that "X" session had nothing to do with your department :-D
 
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