Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Conference Hacks - an Insider's Guide to NRPA's Showcase Event

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Conference Hacks - an Insider's Guide to NRPA's Showcase Event

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Do you ever wish you could speak directly with the designer or manufacturer of your favorite goods or services? Wouldn't it be fantastic to pick the brain of a Steve Jobs, Henry Ford or Ruth Wakefield and learn all the secret ins and outs of their amazing inventions?

This writer may not be able to convey all the secrets behind Apple computers, the modern automobile or the delicious chocolate-chip cookie, but she can delve deeply into the minds behind the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference, taking place October 5-8 in St. Louis, Missouri.

As you prepare to attend NRPA's largest and most exciting event, take a moment to examine the following tips and hacks, delivered by the passionate, dedicated staffmembers who work all year to organize a fun, educational and inspirational event for you, our members.

If Worse Comes to Worst...

Let's say the airline "misplaces" your luggage - remember that hotels are always happy to provide a toothbrush or razor in a pinch and you can wash your travel clothes in the sink! But, how can you jazz up your outfit so no one notices you've been wearing the same clothes day after day? Stop by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau table and grab some Mardi-Gras beads to accessorize! They'll be happy to share and provide you with information for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference location, too. - Amanda Hersey, NRPA Director of Conferences

EXPOnential Success

NRPA's EXPOdition scavenger hunt, sponsored by Burke Playgrounds, is a very popular attraction and definitely worth the effort for a chance to win great prizes. You'll find the card in your conference tote. Make sure to visit and network with all 64 exhibitors that are participating and complete your card early, because placing it in the raffle bin late means it could be shuffled to the bottom of the pile - we definitely mix it up before each drawing! …

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