California mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers and other high level department heads will all come together in the middle of the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park at the 27th Annual Building Livable Communities Conference in March 2018.
This popular conference always features a timely and inspirational agenda designed to provide California’s policymakers with tools and innovative solutions to address community needs. This year’s conference will be no different with its focus on California Communities United for Recovery and Resilience.
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Yosemite 2018: California Communities United for Recovery and Resilience
Challenging times open the door for creativity and innovation – and last year certainly had its challenges. From federal decisions that compel us to expand and accelerate our state’s leadership on resource stewardship and social justice to firestorms that devastated northern and southern communities and forests, there was no shortage of immediate needs and long-term problems to tackle.
Californians are resilient and local leaders are stepping forward into 2018 with even more passion and persistence.
The 27th Annual Yosemite Conference will equip local policymakers with practical strategies and accessible tools to implement innovative solutions with a focus on recovering from immediate economic, social and environmental challenges while increasing longer-term community resilience to prosper in the future.
The conference program will cover a broad range of issues, from recovering from natural disasters and shifts to important federal affordable housing tools to improving resilience in a rapidly changing environment. Our speakers will discuss emerging trends and promising strategies on topics including decarbonization, Community Choice Aggregation, autonomous vehicles and social mobility.
At this ever-popular conference, local thought leaders will discover new partners, renewed inspiration and a united resolve to make lasting changes that will lead to a stronger, healthier, more equitable communities.
The conference often sells out because attendees say the format is uniquely structured to address today’s most pressing problems and showcase fresh ideas with hands-on discussion of how to implement them. The conference program begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 15, and continues through noon on Sunday.
We encourage you to bring your family, attend the opening session on Thursday evening, and use the session breaks to ski, hike, skate or just enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite in the winter. All conference sessions will be held at the Yosemite Lodge.
The conference program will be available in early 2018. Please visit our webpage frequently for updates on this exciting event.
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The 2018 Yosemite Conference will be held at the Yosemite Valley Lodge in Yosemite National Park. Lodging for conference attendees is available at Yosemite Valley Lodge. A very limited number of lodging rooms are also set aside at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. It is highly recommended that you secure your lodging before registering for the conference. Demand for rooms in Yosemite this time of year is always high.
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite National Park, 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Yosemite National Park, 1 Ahwahnee Dr.
The official hotel room rate for our group at Yosemite Valley Lodge is $246.17 (double, queen or king). The official hotel room rate for our group at Majestic Yosemite Hotel is $472.34 (classic deluxe or double deluxe). Room rates are subject to a 10% occupancy tax, 1% MCTBID, a $2.00 Yosemite Conservancy Fee and a $3.05% UPT fee. Rates are based on double occupancy.
The cut-off date for reservations is close of business on February 13, 2018. After this date, any remaining rooms in the group block will be released for general sale. You may still be able to make reservations, but rooms will be booked on a space and rate availability basis.
Roommate Assistance: In order to help reduce costs, we can work with you to try and find a roommate for the conference. If you are interested, please contact Raj Sandhu at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to assist you although we cannot guarantee we will find you a match.
To Book Your Lodging: By Phone: To make your reservation by phone, you may contact Central reservations by dialing 888-413-8869 (7am – 7pm, Arizona Time, MST/PST) and giving them the group code: 10Q2HH.
Online: To book your reservation online, you may visit www.travelyosemite.com and use the Group Code: 10Q2HH. Click here to download full instructions for booking your reservation online if the instructions below are not detailed enough:
- Select “Check Rates”
- Select “Plan Your Trip Now”
- Using the pull down menu either select Majestic or Yosemite Valley Lodge
- Select the number of rooms, adults and children
- Important: when selecting “check-in” and “check-out” dates DO NOT select dates from the calendar, instead type the date directly into the field in this format: MM/DD/YY
- Select “Have a promo code?” option and insert 10Q2HH into the “Group Code” box
- Select “Check Availability”
- Select the option you would like to “Add to Cart”
- All individual guest rooms must be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival to receive a full refund.
- No-shows are considered late cancellations and are invoiced at first night’s stay (room, tax & fee)
- All guests will be required to check-in and provide a credit card or cash deposit for incidentals.
- Group check in is 5:00pm and check out is 11:00am.
- Pets are not allowed in any room.
- Quiet hours are 10:00pm – 7:00am.
Getting To and Around Yosemite
Please note: There is a $25.00 entrance fee per vehicle collected by the National Park Service at park entrance stations.
Driving directions are available at: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/driving.htm Unfortunately, bicycle rentals in the valley are not available during this time of the year.
For a map of Yosemite National Park, go to: https://www.nationalparkreservations.com/park/yosemite-national-park/map Once you are in the park, we highly recommend that you leave your vehicle in the parking lot and take advantage of the Yosemite Valley Shuttle bus. The buses are free and operate daily at 20-30 minute intervals from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
Additional Information The weather in Yosemite Valley during March is very unpredictable; we recommend that you phone (209) 372-0200 (press 1, then 1) for road and weather information prior to your arrival. It is recommended that you carry tire chains in your vehicle.
Gasoline and diesel fuels are no longer available in Yosemite Valley. Fuels are available at service stations near park entrances, and in Yosemite National Park at El Portal, Crane Flat and Big Trees Gas Stations.
Please never leave food or scented items in your vehicle after dark. Bears are attracted to food and scented items. Food can be stored in hotel rooms and hard-sided cabins, providing windows are closed when room is unoccupied by guests.
We are looking for Conference Sponsors – agencies, organizations, foundations and companies – that are leading the way in creating innovative solutions for increasing resiliency and implementing smart-growth strategies in a time of rapid change.
These high-profile sponsorship opportunities offer many ways to interact with local policymakers and underscore your commitment to making our communities more sustainable and resilient while also providing for people’s basic housing, transportation, food and work needs.
To learn more about partnership opportunities, view the Yosemite Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure. Contact Carissa Gutierrez (916.448.1198 x323 / email@example.com) for information on how to become a conference sponsor.
Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors!
Full Conference (Four Days)
|LGC Member Policymaker||$400||$450||+$25|
|Non-LGC Member Policymaker||$450||$500||+$25|
|Dinner Guest (Saturday, March 17)||$50||–||–|
* Guest pricing includes Saturday dinner.
Speaker Registration Fees (Access Code Required)
|Speaker Full Conference||Complimentary|