Deciding to postpone the in-person conference this year was not a decision the Executive Committee made lightly. Many factors were considered, especially our commitment to serve our membership and deliver quality professional development opportunities. Ultimately, though, we felt that the most important service we could provide was ensuring the health and safety of our members.
In an all-volunteer organization like ours, conference planning takes months and there are currently too many factors beyond PNAIRP’s control to be able to responsibly hold the conference in person.
In addition to the health and safety of those who might have attended an in person conference, the board wanted to ensure that we were being fiscally responsible. After some debate, the conclusion was that we would be placing the association at a greater financial risk if we did not meet the contractually obligated hotel occupancy levels - not to mention the extra cost associated with a socially-distanced and personal protective equipment (PPE)-available conference. Further, some institutions are placing travel restrictions beyond the Thanksgiving holiday and many are facing budget cuts.
The DoubleTree hotel in Spokane (where the conference was to be held) offered to move our contract to next year, without adding cancellation fees or other contractually obligated charges. We remain confident that this location and facility are ideal for our conference in November 2021 and look forward to seeing you in person then.
In the meantime, the Executive Committee would like to explore other possibilities to support your professional development and would like to hear from you on the structure of such engagement. Please fill out this short survey (no more than five minutes) letting us know of your expectations and any concerns you have. We will have the survey open through the end of July and will share the results by mid-August.
Tell us how you'd like to stay engaged with PNAIRP this year: