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2020 WRSA/PRSCO Joint Meeting Hotel Reservation

Best wishes from WRSA for a happy and productive 2020!

Many of you already made your reservations for the upcoming 2020 WRSA/PRSCO Joint Meeting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki Beach.
I strongly recommend you to make a reservation for the hotel rooms at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii as soon as you finalize your travel plan. 

To help you, WRSA wants to highlight the following points about your accommodation at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki Beach.

1. By STAYING in the Conference Hotel, participants are helping each other to reduce the average room rate and the cost for the meeting
WRSA committed a minimum number of room nights to the conference hotel (Hilton Resort Hawaiian Village in Waikiki). In return, WRSA gets free access to the meeting spaces and the discounted daily room rates for our participants. If we do not meet the minimum room nights, we will be charged for the meeting spaces and can be required to pay room charges if our group fails to fill the contracted minimum room nights. That would cause us to raise the conference registration fee for future meetings. By staying in the conference hotel, we are helping each other to reduce the overall cost of the meeting and the negotiated room rate with the hotel.
That is why the participants for 2020 WRSA/PRSCO meeting staying at the conference hotel get the $160 discount for registration

2. The negotiated room rate for our members and participants is very competitive—and the Daily Resort Fee is “OPTIONAL,” not mandatory, as it would be if you do not book using our special rate.
As of today, according to the online hotel reservation sites, such as “Hotels.com” and “Kayak.com”, the comparable hotels and resorts in Waikiki have a daily rate over $250, compared to our negotiated room rate at the Hilton, $229/night (plus applicable taxes). Additionally, the resort charge is “OPTIONAL” at a discounted rate of $20 per night, compared to the mandatory $45 to $50 per night for most of the hotels and resort in Waikiki. If you book through third-party online reservations services, you will pay the daily resort fee of $50 at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki. Again, the resort charge is “OPTIONAL” and you do not need to pay unless you plan to use basic guest internet access (up to 2 devices), Hawaiian cultural activities, and outdoor morning exercise classes. The hotel has agreed to honor our special room rate three days prior to and following our meeting (Mar 18th through Mar 21st), based on availability.

3. Daily Parking Fee is $49 for visitors and commuting is not a good idea!
Parking at the Hilton Resort Hawaiian Village will be $49 for 5 hours or more.  Parking, in general, is extremely expensive in Waikiki and Honolulu in general.  Also, commuting to the conference hotel in Waikiki during the morning and evening rush hours can be very congested.

4. Most importantly, all of us will be in Hawaii for sharing and discussing interesting ideas not only in the meeting rooms, but also at the lobby, bars, and even in elevators!  
We are excited to meet old and new friends and colleagues for the 2020 WRSA/PRSCO Joint Meeting in Hawaii. We will meet them officially in the plenary and breakout sessions by topics. However, WRSA always encourages informal scholarly interaction and collegiality that extends beyond the official conference activities! You will expand opportunities for yourself and others to make new friends and get to know colleagues better by staying in the conference hotel, so, again, we offer a lower conference registration fee for all who do so.

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM:

Rooms may be reserved via this link (https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/H/HNLHVHH-BEW-20200312/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG) or  by calling 808-949-4321 and asking for the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA 2020) group rate. 
Please note: after February 21, 2020, or as soon as our block fills, the hotel will no longer honor our special room rate! So be sure to book early!

Students wishing to minimize costs by sharing a room: please feel free to contact me via email. 

Extended Paper (or Abstract) Submission Due Date for 2020 WRSA/PRSCO Joint Meeting is Approaching!

This is a reminder for submitting your paper before the extended paper submission deadline for our annual meeting in Waikiki, Hawaii, March 18-21, 2020.
The extended due is Dec 15th, just 6 days away.
Be sure to get your paper (or abstract) submitted before then!

Ready to submit? There’s no reason to wait until the last minute. Simply visit the WRSA website and use the Login/Register link at the left to upload your paper and register for the meeting.

Remember that the hard deadline for the Graduate Students’ Paper Competition for Tiebout Prize is still November 15. If you are applying for Tiebout Paper Competition, submit your full paper by Nov 15.

I also encourage you to make your travel arrangements early. We will be meeting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, where our negotiated room rate is $229/night (plus taxes). Reservations can be made via this link or by calling 808-949-4321and asking for the Western Regional Science Association group rate. The hotel has agreed to honor our special room rate three days prior to and following our meeting dates (Mar 18th through Mar 21st), based on availability. 
Please note: after January 21, 2020, or as soon as our room block is full, the hotel will no longer honor our special room rate! Be sure to book early!

I’m also still looking for several students to assist with meeting registration in Hawaii. In exchange for 8-10 hours of volunteering at the registration desk, students will receive a complete rebate of their preregistration fees (worth $150, to be processed as a refund following the meeting). Contact me if you’re interested.

WRSA: Graduate Student Survey

WRSA is performing a student survey to enhance the awareness of WRSA among graduate students in regional science and the related fields of study.
 
Aaron Colletta is a Graduate Assistant for WRSA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas working with WRSA (Western Regional Science Association) Executive Director, Dr. Jaewon Lim and he manages this graduate student survey. 
 
Aaron invites you to participate in a short survey designed for the graduate students in regional science or related fields of study.
The purpose of this survey is to learn about the graduate students’ experience from attending regional science conferences including the WRSA’s annual meetings. The findings from this survey will be utilized to develop the strategies to better serve the needs of graduate students in regional science or related fields. 
 
You are receiving this invitation to participate in this survey because you have been identified by someone in your program who believes that your research/dissertation interests fall within the scope of regional science. 
 
If you are not a graduate student but serve as an advisor and/or committee member of a graduate student in regional science or related fields, please forward this email to the graduate students in your program.
 
Completing this short online survey will not take more than 10 minutes.  This survey is anonymous, meaning no data that can personally identify you will be included, and your answers will be only used in an aggregated manner.  
Your participation will be critical in identifying the current issues and developing strategies to better serve the needs of graduate students in regional science.  
 
Survey results will be shared with the participants at the WRSA’s first-ever Student Roundtable during the 59th Annual Meeting of WRSA in Hawaii, Mar 13-18, 2020. 
 
If you choose to participate in this study, please click the link below:
 
 
Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
 
Please feel free to circulate the survey link to your colleagues.
 
Thanks in advance for your participation.

WRSA: Paper (or Abstract) Submission Due Date for 2020 WRSA/PRSCO Joint Meeting Extended to December 15!

What a Surprise! It’s the traditional extension of the paper (or abstract) submission deadline for our annual meeting in Waikiki, Hawaii, March 18-21, 2020. We will accept submissions until mid-December. 
This year’s FINAL deadline will be December 15.
Be sure to get your paper (or abstract) submitted before then!

Ready to submit? There’s no reason to wait until the last minute. Simply visit the WRSA website and use the Login/Register link at the left to upload your paper and register for the meeting.

Remember that the hard deadline for the Graduate Students’ Paper Competition for Tiebout Prize is still November 15. If you are applying for Tiebout Paper Competition, submit your full paper by Nov 15.

I also encourage you to make your travel arrangements early. We will be meeting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, where our negotiated room rate is $229/night (plus taxes). Reservations can be made via this link or by calling 808-949-4321and asking for the Western Regional Science Association group rate. The hotel has agreed to honor our special room rate three days prior to and following our meeting dates (Mar 18th through Mar 21st), based on availability. 
Please note: after January 21, 2020, or as soon as our room block is full, the hotel will no longer honor our special room rate! Be sure to book early!

I’m also still looking for several students to assist with meeting registration in Hawaii. In exchange for 8-10 hours of volunteering at the registration desk, students will receive a complete rebate of their preregistration fees (worth $150, to be processed as a refund following the meeting). Contact me if you’re interested.

 

Call for Papers for WRSA & PRSCO Joint Meeting 2020: Special Sessions in Honor of Roger Stough

As you may know, eminent regional scientist Roger Stough died in September 2019. He was important to the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) for many reasons. He was a long-time editor of our journal the Annals of Regional Science, a Fellow of the WRSA and served as President of the WRSA in 2002. We invite you to submit a paper to be considered for inclusion in one of our special sessions honoring Roger Stough.  

To identify your paper for consideration for the special sessions, please add the following line to your title page “Paper for consideration to be included in the Special Sessions honoring Roger Stough at the WRSA-PRSCO meetings March 18-21, 2020.”

The WRSA website for submission is now open (www.wrsaonline.org). Short abstracts, as well as full papers (also in draft format), will be accepted for the Special Session. Full papers benefit from the traditional WRSA 45-minute per paper time slot. Submissions with abstracts only will be allocated a shorter time block. The submission deadline is December 15, 2019, for full-length original papers or abstracts.

Please submit your paper directly to the WRSA website as an individual paper. Also email a second copy of your papers and abstracts to the session organizers, Janet Kohlhase (jkohlhase@uh.edu) and Haifeng Qian (haifeng-qian@uiowa.edu). Please put “WRSA Roger Stough special sessions” in the subject line of your email. If you have already submitted your paper or abstract through the WRSA online portal, please email a copy to the organizers noting your interest.

Selected papers from these sessions may be invited for publication in a special issue of the Annals of Regional Science, following standard review/revision procedures. Details about the special issue honoring Roger Stough will be forthcoming.

The abstracts/papers will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and the notification of acceptance will be distributed by January 20, 2020.

Organizing committee:
For more information or questions please contact: Janet Kohlhase at the University of Houston (jkohlhase@uh.edu) or Haifeng Qian at the University of Iowa (haifeng-qian@uiowa.edu).

Areas of Interest
We are looking for academic papers that honor the work of Roger Stough. Authors may have ties with Roger or not. Former-students, co-authors, and colleagues are especially encouraged to participate. Topics are wide open in regional science, but as a guide consider that his research interests included entrepreneurship and innovation, science and technology policy, regional economic development, regional economic modeling, transport policy, and leadership and institutions.

For details, please click here.

Call for Papers for WRSA & PRSCO Joint Meeting 2020: Special Session on “Cultural and Creative Industries in Regional Science”

As part of the 26th Pacific Conference of the RSAI, to be held jointly with the 59th Annual Meeting of the WRSA in Waikiki, Hawaii from March 18 to 21, 2020, The Social Sciences Area of the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is organizing a Special Session on Cultural and Creative Industries in Regional Science. The website for submission is now open (www.wrsaonline.org). Abstracts, as well as full papers (also in draft format), will be considered for inclusion in the Special Session. Full papers benefit from the traditional WRSA 45-minute per paper time slot. The submission deadline is November 15, 2019, for full-length original papers (not previously published). When submitting, remember to add that your paper is intended for the GSSI Special Session on Cultural and Creative Industries in Regional Science and, please, also remember to send a copy to Alessandro Crociata alessandro.crociata@gssi.it and Giulia Urso giulia.urso@gssi.it – Social Sciences, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila (Italy)

Description of the Special Session

The potential contribution of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) to economic growth is a topical issue attracting ever-increasing attention in many different arenas, academics and not. The prevailing policy discourse assumes a strong contribution of CCIs to growth in the whole economy, and that CCIs contribute significantly to youth employment and are more resilient to economic crises. Additionally, by operating at the crossroads between arts, business, and technology, CCIs are assumed to benefit other industries via spill-over effects. In the same way, CCIs create positive externalities on other areas of society, such as education, social inclusion, and community life.

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in culture-led development also in the field of regional science. The basic idea is that culture and creativity are key drivers of urban and regional development. Scholarly discussion is lively and articulated, with an insightful – and still open – debate on both theoretical issues and empirical evidence. This growing literature covers a range of multidimensional issues moving from the basic – yet questioned – assumption that the cultural and creative economy is a major force shaping knowledge-based economies, and that is conducive to sustainable regional development with more jobs created and greater social cohesion.

The aim of the special session is to attract contributions focusing on inclusive and sustainable growth led by CCIs. In that sense, the session welcomes contributions on:

  • Improving the understanding of CCIs through developing better and robust national and international level indicators measuring CCIs and their outputs 
  • Measuring the Cultural and Creative Spillovers and Crossovers 
  • Investigating the knowledge gaps in skills, education, training, and creativity and how to address these in the future to support the CCIs 
  • Investigating the impact of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies in enhancing the CCIs 
  • Exploring the barriers to and enablers of employment and growth in the CCIs 
  • Providing a new and encompassing framework to examine the role of the CCIs in supporting ‘inclusive and sustainable growth’ (intended not only as GDP but also as cultural development) 
  • Understanding the role of CCIs in fostering the development of small-medium towns and/or peripheral areas 
  • The geography of CCIs and their spatial pattern of production and consumption 
  • Providing policy recommendations to support regional, national and international policies in the field of CCIs. 

 

For details, please click here.

Call for Papers: Special Session on “Regional Science and Tourism” for WRSA & PRSCO Joint Meeting 2020

As part of the 26th Pacific Conference of the RSAI, to be held jointly with the 59th Annual Meeting of the WRSA in Waikiki, Hawaii from March 18 to 21, 2020, Nectar clusters 5 and 6 are organizing a Special Session on “Regional Science and Tourism”. 
Short abstracts, as well as full papers (also in draft format), will be accepted for the Special Session. Full papers benefit from the traditional WRSA 45-minute per paper time slot. The submission deadline is November 15, 2019, for full-length original papers (not previously published). 
During your submission, do not forget to add that your paper is submitted for the Nectar Special Session on Regional Science and Tourism. Please, also send a copy of the submission to Juan Carlos Martin, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, jcarlos.martin@ulpgc.es and Luca Zamparini, University of Salento, luca.zamparini@unisalento.it.
The abstracts/papers will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and the notification of paper acceptance will be distributed by December 20, 2019.

Selected full papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Regional Science Policy & Practice Journal, following standard review/revision procedures. (https://rsaiconnect.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17577802).

For details, please click here.

 

New at WRSA – Professional Development Sessions for Graduate Students & Early Career Faculty

The 2020 meeting in Hawaii will have one Professional Development session specially targeted to the graduate students & the early-career faculty.

  • Graduate students will learn about:
    • Where to find information to apply for faculty and post-doctoral positions
    • What and what not to do during a job interview
    • How to discuss the terms of a work contract
  • Early career faculty will learn about:
    • Applying for grants
    • Building a research team and mentoring students
    • Keeping good teaching evaluations

We are open to the possibility of having another session dedicated to rehearsing job talks and practicing mock job interviews as well as advice about improving CV and application letter. If you are interested in these activities, please contact Sandy Dall’erba (dallerba@illinois.edu) by January 5th.

In addition, the students will be able to participate in a Graduate Student Round Table Meeting designed to foster their national and international network and launch the WRSA student association.