Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content



» Back to: » Planning home » Makeover Montgomery 2016

Balancing Change In America's Suburbs

Call for Presenters

Proposals Due by Friday, January 8, 2016
Submit your presentation proposal using this form.

Following the success of our collaborative conferences held in 2011 and 2014, the Montgomery County Planning Department and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland are seeking proposals for presentations at Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America’s Suburbs.

The conference will be held from Wednesday evening, May 4, through Friday, May 6, 2016 in College Park and Silver Spring, Maryland, two rejuvenated suburbs of Washington, DC. Assistance with travel-related expenses may be available for out-of-town speakers.

Conference organizers are seeking proposals from planners, designers, engineers, economists, social scientists, ecologists and others. Presentations should focus on innovative planning and policy tools and strategies, and pervasive trends that are transforming suburbs in the United States into exciting, attractive and sustainable communities. Multiple session tracks will attract a diverse audience that includes practitioners, academics and interested community members from the DC area and across the nation.

Makeover Montgomery Click to view a slideshow of past events

Consider a presentation that addresses one of our three conference themes:

Beyond Transit-Oriented Development

  • Transforming communities without transit into walkable, better connected places.
  • Promoting multi-modal, “complete” street designs.
  • Developing land use strategies to promote pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use districts.
  • Creating thriving communities all around metropolitan areas.

The Sharing Economy

  • Facilitating co-housing to provide affordable housing and housing for seniors.
  • Establishing community gardens and urban/suburban agriculture in public spaces.
  • Using ride-sharing and Uber to solve transportation challenges.
  • Co-locating public facilities to share resources and amenities.
  • Creating worker-owned cooperatives.

Equity and Opportunity in the Suburbs

  • Striking the balance between redevelopment and displacement.
  • Determining how the physical environment affects social and economic well-being.
  • Weighing the effects of new development on schools and infrastructure.
  • Achieving affordable housing in gentrifying areas.
  • Maintaining locally owned and community centered businesses.

Submit your presentation proposal using this form by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Jason Sartori at

back to top