Charlotte, North Carolina
2016 MCRSA / IMPLAN Conference
June 9-11, 2016
The MCRSA will hold its 47th Annual Conference in conjunction with the IMPLAN Group's 11th Biennial IMPLAN National User's Conference June 9-11, 2016 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.
Fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation and ideally located in Uptown Charlotte - nestled amidst the most popular downtown Charlotte attractions. One of the best Charlotte NC hotels and within walking distance to all that downtown Charlotte offers, find yourself moments away from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Bank of America Stadium - Home of the Carolina Panthers, Time Warner Cable Arena, and the Epicentre - Uptown Charlotte's premier dining and entertainment complex. The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is approximately 7.5 miles/13 minutes from the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.
We invite you to be a part of this always enjoyable and productive professional meeting. The conference will offer a stimulating mix of academic and applied research perspectives. Please note and hold the dates. This will be a meeting you won't want to miss.
For the IMPLAN system user, there will be two special reduced-cost pre-conference training workshops. For those new to IMPLAN, there will be an Introduction to IMPLAN V3.1 Workshop June 8-9 at the hotel sponsored by the IMPLAN Group.
For experienced users seeking to learn advanced modeling and analysis techniques, the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science will be showcasing its new virtual Community Intelligence Laboratory. This workshop will be held concurrently June 8-9 at the hotel.
Important Conference Policies
Please read them carefully.
MCRSA Combined Registration/Membership
What is it? We are including MCRSA membership in the conference registration fee for those who have not already paid for it individually.
Why? Members asked for it. For those participating in the MCRSA conference, membership is complimentary. It remains the policy of MCRSA that all conference participants be members of the Association. But, for the convenience of participants, it will all be part of one simple conference registration fee. No multiple mailings or extra processing. It will all only be conference registration.
Late Registration Surcharge
What is it? This isn't really new. We always have had a financial incentive to get people to register earlier rather than later.
Why? We are trying to cut down on the uncertainty associated with people who wait until the last minute to decide whether to come after their paper is accepted and the invitation to attend has been issued. The cost differential between early and late registration is $50.
Paper Acceptance Withdrawal for Non-registration
What is it? Anyone who has had a paper accepted but who fails to register and pay the conference registration fee by May 1, 2016 will have their paper removed from the conference program and their presentation time slot eliminated.
Why? Every year, we have “No Shows” who have had a paper accepted and included in the program, but who fail to register, who ignore inquiries about their intentions, and who we must make and pay for conference preparations. Most people have no idea how expensive it is to host a conference. A reminder will be sent to any such non-registrant, and a notification of withdrawal will be issued.
Non-conference Hotel Surcharge
What is it? Attendees who do not register for an overnight stay at the conference venue (Sheraton Charlotte Hotel) or who book outside of the MCRSA room block will incur an additional surcharge of $150.
Why? To get complimentary meeting space at the hotel, we need to guarantee conference participants will pick up a certain number of room nights. Some participants will book outside our room block, hoping to get last minute discounts. The penalties for failing to meet the minimum number of room nights could have significant negative consequences for the Association. This charge will help defray costs in the event that we do not meet the conference venue’s room-night quota, and the incentive helps us to continue to negotiate excellent discounted hotel rates for future conferences by preserving a good “history” of room pickup. (This surcharge does not apply to students or to attendees with a local business address, i.e. the Charlotte area.)
What is it? For any cancellations received on or before June 1, 2016, MCRSA will retain $25 of your registration fee to cover credit card and related handling charges. For students, $10 of the registration fee will be retained for cancellations through June 1, 2016. For any cancelled guest registration, $10 will be retained for cancellations until June 1, 2016. Refund requests should be submitted to MCRSA Executive Director, John Leatherman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Under no circumstances will refunds be issued after 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on June 1, 2016. If, however, it becomes impossible for you to attend after June 1, you may optionally transfer your registration to an alternate participant that you have identified by contacting John Leatherman.