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Boston – April 15-17, 2020

The 12th annual NPEA Conference has been cancelled.

The health and safety of the NPEA community and all who we come in contact with is our biggest concern and top priority. In addition, we are committed to following the local, state, and CDC’s guidance, including the Massachusetts Governor’s recent mandate banning all gatherings of more than 250 people through the end of April.

We know many of you are working around the clock to make equally difficult decisions in your day-to-day work as we all navigate next steps during this unprecedented time, and we stand in partnership with you.

What Happens Next?

If you already registered, please complete this form. You will be asked to choose from one of the following options:

  • Request a full refund – 100% of your registration fees will be returned to you.*
  • Request a partial refund – we’ll ask you to specify the dollar amount/percentage you would like to be returned to you.
  • Defer your registration to the 2021 conference – you choose not to receive a refund this year in exchange for a free registration to the 2021 conference.
  • Donate 100% of your registration fees – in appreciation of this gesture, we will offer you 15% off of your registration fee for the 2021 Conference.

*If you do elect for a full or partial refund, we ask for your patience. All refunds will be in the form of a check payment. We will make every attempt to process this as quickly as we can.

NPEA Hotel Room Block:

All hotel reservations made under the NPEA Conference room block will be cancelled directly by the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. You will receive a cancellation email from the hotel.

Financial Impact on NPEA:

The NPEA conference is the largest source of revenue for NPEA and cancelling the conference has enormous financial implications for the health of NPEA. We hope that each of you might consider, if you are in a position to do so, donating your registration fee to NPEA.

Great News: 2021 Conference in Boston:

We have negotiated a contract to hold the conference at the same hotel (Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel) in Cambridge next spring. We will be in touch to share the dates as soon as we have confirmed them.


All events for the NPEA 12th Annual Conference will take place April 15-17, 2020, at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel (40 Edwin Land Boulevard, CambridgeMA 02142). In their words:

A premier destination for Boston, MA hotels
Our newly renovated property combines modern style with breathtaking city views right along the famous Charles River in Cambridge. Located right between the wonderful attractions and straddling both Cambridge and Boston–all you need is easily accessible. From our sleek and spacious accommodations, idyllic setting, impeccable events and attentive staff — our hotel has earned high marks and praise for Boston and Cambridge, MA hotels.

Location, location, location
The Museum of Science, Fenway park, Harvard Square — the list goes on forever. With our prime spot among Boston hotels downtown and Cambridge, MA hotels you’ll be at the center of the area’s dining, nightlife, sporting events and attractions.

NPEA will be offering a discounted room block rate of $209 (tax not included). Click here to access the booking link, or call the hotel directly. Please call (617) 806-4200 and ask for reservations. You can then ask for the NPEA 2020 Annual Conference rate, or use the group code: 0414ANNUAL. We have sold out of our room block every year and strongly encourage you to book early to access this rate.


When Should I Plan to Arrive and Depart?

Most conference attendees will arrive on Wednesday, April 15 and depart on Friday, April 17. There will be optional pre-conference activities on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 15, such as a pre-conference session or site visit. The conference will open with a Welcome Reception on the evening of Wednesday, April 15. The majority of conference activities, including workshops and keynote sessions, will take place on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17. Conference activities conclude around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Transportation, Dining, and Activities in Boston!

Visit the Greater Boston Conventions & Visitors Bureau website for things to do, dining suggestions, and area activities.


IMPORTANT – How to Book Your Hotel Room:

Click Here for the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel Booking Link

Conference attendees may call the hotel directly. Please call (617) 806-4200 and ask for reservations. You can then ask for the NPEA 2020 Annual Conference rate, or use the group code: 0414ANNUAL

Questions about or difficulties booking a hotel room for the NPEA Conference? Please contact Angelle Weidenbacher at angellew@cypressplanninggroup.com.


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