Call for Proposals: Western Places | Western Spaces

Deadline: Friday, September 16th

Each year, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI) convenes land use experts and practitioners at the annual Western Places | Western Spaces conference to discuss the biggest issues facing communities across the Rocky Mountain West. We cover everything from tiny homes to large landscape conservation, urban planning to rural economies.

The RFP Is Open!
As land use practitioners—legal, planning, academic, or non-profit—you know the challenges we're facing first-hand, so who better to guide the content for the conference?

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2023 Western Places | Western Spaces conference, which will be held March 9 & 10 at the University of Denver with in-person and virtual attendance options. Please read on to learn more about this year's event.

Framing the Future: Investing in Solutions for a Thriving West
The West is facing a series of compounding crises that threaten our way of life in the region. Extreme temperatures are impacting the ongoing drought, urban heat islands and public health, vulnerability to fire, our agricultural economy and food security, and our energy infrastructure. And yet people continue to move to the West, creating further pressure on our natural systems, our transportation and housing systems, and driving up the cost of living—especially the cost of housing—which jeopardizes the vitality of the entire region.

Although the challenges are growing, so are the creative solutions that communities can use to address these crises; mitigate their risks; adapt to a changing environment; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and build in resiliency to forge ahead when times get tough.

At this year's conference, we will debate how to make strategic investments in our communities and to implement the solutions that will result in a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable region. We will explore strategic and smart solutions that allow communities to do more with less. We will discuss ways to take full advantage of the infrastructure investments that will be made in the region. And we will examine innovative land use and planning approaches that can help address not only the crises of the moment, but also prepare our communities for the challenges ahead.

Submitting Your Proposal
We invite you to share your expertise and experience by submitting a proposal for a session, tour, or as a speaker.

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, September 16. Please visit the RMLUI website to learn more about the conference theme and topics, as well as instructions on submitting your proposal. You will be able to download the RFP Submission Guidelines, which contains a full description of the themes and tracks for the 2023 conference, as well as information about the conference, guidelines for crafting your proposal, and the criteria used to select sessions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 303-871-6319.

We look forward to reading your proposals!

Susan Daggett
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Lisa Loranger
Program Coordinator
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute


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