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Are You Good Enough Now?

By Jessica Pettitt | Posted on September 8, 2017

The Wednesday Keynote for the NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Jessica Pettitt, shares how we can start having conversations that matter by (re)claiming our responsibility for who and how we show up in our relationships.

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Why Staying on Top of Park and Rec Trends is Important (and How to Do It)

By Michael Kalvort, CPRE | Posted on September 7, 2017

Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Virginia Beach, shares how staying on top of park and recreation trends allows him and his department to best serve their community.

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Advice from an NRPA Annual Conference Newbie

By Sheila Runnels | Posted on August 14, 2017

2016 conference newbie, Sheila Runnels, shares her advice for those attending the NRPA Annual Conference for the first time.

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The Art and Science of Building Community Through Fun

By Alvin A. Galang, MPH | Posted on July 24, 2017

Alvin Galang, MPH explains how the NRPA Annual Conference helps him "Build Community Through Fun."

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NRPA Conference Behind the Scenes: Building the Education Schedule

By Lucky D’Ascanio | Posted on June 15, 2017

As a member of the NRPA Conference Program Committee, the team of NRPA members who review the conference education session proposals, I invite you for a behind the scenes look at the remarkable process that results in an amazing product.

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The 2017 NRPA Annual Conference Big Easy Preview

Posted on April 30, 2017

Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.

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2017 February Fellowship

An Application Away from Opportunity

By Anthony Iracki | Posted on March 2, 2017

Receiving an NRPA Fellowship proved to be one of the highlights of Anthony's career. In addition to being recognized for his work, the fellowship expanded Anthony's network and introduced him to new ideas.

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2017 February Blog Awards

Embrace the Power of National Awards

By Michael W. Klitzing | Posted on February 10, 2017

Your park and recreation agency needs to be doing really great work to win a national award. That’s how it should be to be named one of the Best of the Best.

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7 Tips for an Awesome Award Application

By Jennifer Stromberg | Posted on January 4, 2017

Awards season has arrived at NRPA! This year, NRPA is offering 11 National Awards and seven Gold Medal Awards. Here are some tips for a stellar submission.

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Four Things I Learned Being a Conference Speaker

By Kirsten Barnes | Posted on November 3, 2016

Speaking has offered me an opportunity to attend conferences that might otherwise not have received budget approval, and it has given me an opportunity to meet some amazing people who have become mentors and lifelong friends. What I didn’t anticipate was how the process of writing a session proposal, preparing to present and connecting with my peers would truly impact me as a professional.

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Conference Reflections: It’s About Building Community

By Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP | Posted on October 21, 2016

Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP, AAPRA, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, reflects on his time spent at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference and how the lessons learned can be brought home to make a positive transformation in our communities.

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National Awards: A Great Way to Honor the Village

By Atuya O. Cornwell | Posted on March 1, 2016

Since receiving the Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award, I have been able to share my story as a park and recreation professional with a larger audience.

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Ready, Set, Go Gold!

By Brenda Beales | Posted on January 26, 2016

Awards season is here and it’s time to get busy on that Gold Medal Award application!unity.

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What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Always Stay in Vegas

By Melissa May | Posted on October 14, 2015

More than 1,200 people evaluated, ranked and commented on their experience at the NRPA Annual Conference in an online survey. Here are some of the highlights.

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7 Life Hacks for the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 4, 2015

Here are seven things that helped attendees navigate the NRPA Annual Conference like a pro.

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The Community Action Poverty Simulation as an Educational Resource

By Heidi Lucas | Posted on September 2, 2015

One powerful educational tool that can be used to start conversations about poverty is the Community Action Poverty Simulation.

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NC2NV: Arizona State University

By Editor | Posted on August 27, 2015

The Young Professional Network organized a virtual “road trip” out West, making “stops” at COAPRT accredited schools. The final stop was at Arizona State University.

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Top Tips from a Conference Newbie and Pro

By Jay Tryon, CPRP | Posted on August 17, 2015

The NRPA Annual Conference is quickly approaching and the Young Professional Network (YPN) is very excited to bring you another blog to help you get ready for the event.

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