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Annual UNCG Conference

UNCG 2024 Conference 


Hosted by Portland State University's National Policy Consensus Center 

June 20-22, 2024

Register by May 29, 2024


The University Network for Collaborative Governance’s Annual Conference will bring UNCG members and friends together in Portland to engage in a lively discussion about collaborative governance's roots and potential future growth. Our location in Oregon will also allow attendees to share how collaborative governance has evolved and grown through on-the-ground efforts.

The UNCG Conference is open to all people interested in collaborative governance and connections to a college or university. UNCG has student and working professional memberships.  Members receive a discount on conference registration fees. Pay your annual dues or join UNCG here.

Conference Program (Schedule / locations subject to change) 

Growth is grounded in roots and roots allow us to grow. We at UNCG have been reflecting on our roots as they have allowed us to grow, and are looking ahead to growth honoring our roots. As we evolve as an organization, we recognize that we are growing as individuals, thought leaders, and practitioners. Our field is also growing, as we stretch to incorporate burgeoning topics of AI, data and technology in decision-making, democracy under stress, inclusivity in contexts with a history of trauma, mindfulness, and burnout in collaborative governance.

Our goal with this conference is to acknowledge our roots and facilitate discussion on future growth.

Register (by May 29, 2024)


Schedule Overview (Full Program is here)

Thursday, June 20 (College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University - 506 SW Mill St, Room 710, 7th floor, Portland,  OR 97201)
1:00pm - 2:30pm - UNCG Steering Committee lunch and meeting (Steering Committee members only)

Thursday, June 20 (Depart from PSU's Urban Center - 506 SW Mill St, Portland, OR 97201 - for Leach Botanical Garden)
3:00pm - 8:00pm - Activity, Tour, and Welcome Dinner  for All Participants at Leach Botanical Garden (6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236)

Friday, June 21  (Toulan Library, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University - 506 SW Mill St, Portland, OR 97201)
9:00am - 5:00pm  -  Lightning Talks, Concurrent Sessions, Lunch

6:00pm - Dinner on own - try out one of Portland's food halls with other participants!

Saturday, June 22 (Porter Hotel, 1355 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97201)
8:30am - 1:30pm - Concurrent Sessions, Discussions, Lunch, and Conference Closing

Lodging Options 

The Porter Hotel
1355 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
King Rooms, $155 + tax per night (rates are available 2 days pre and post conference dates)
Booking Link - Book by May 24, 2024

University Place
310 SW Lincoln St, 
Portland, OR 97201
Comfort Rooms, $116 + tax per night
Call University Place directly at 503-221-0140 to make reservations and ask for the UNCG Block to get the discounted rate. Book by May 24, 2024.

Hôtel Zags
515 SW Clay St
Portland, OR  97201
King Rooms, $150 + tax per night
Rooms with 2 beds, $170+ tax + tax per night
University Network for Collaborative Governance Booking Link - Book by June 1, 2024

Additional Hotels in downtown Portland 

Past Conferences

2023 - Collaborative Governance in Action: On the Ground in Virginia

October 26 - 28, in Charlottesville, VA - hosted by the University of Virginia's Institute for Engagement & Negotiation (IEN)


2022 Conference - Reconnecting & Connecting: Making Community

June 2022 - Boise, Idaho - hosted by the University of Idaho's McClure Center for Public Policy Research


2021 Virtual Conference - October 13-15


2020 Virtual Conference - Reimaginings: What world do we want and how can collaborative governance help us get there? 


2019 Conference: Excellence and Innovation in the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Collaborative Governance

October 3-5, 2019 - Bloomington, IN - Hosted by the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington 


2018 Annual Conference