Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference

February 7, 2020

Salem - Salem Convention Center and The Grand Hotel - 200 Commercial St SE, Salem OR 97301 - 877-540-7800


Is a bond measure or local option levy in your future?

Then don’t miss OSBA’s Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference, held once every two years in Salem.

This event has a long history of providing resources to help school districts and community colleges plan facilities, define and communicate bond costs to voters, and learn tactics for effective bond campaigns.

OSBA is bringing experts in construction and facility planning, finance, surveys and communications together to provide workshops and resources in a one-day conference.

Registration is open. Register now at our online store.

For registration questions email Erin Good at

Conference registration is $135 for members. Fees include workshop materials, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks.

A $50 fee is charged for each cancellation received after February 1, 2020. No-shows are billed the entire registration fee.

Register at our online store.

Hotel Reservations

Make hotel reservations directly with The Grand Hotel in Salem. You may call the hotel or book online:

  • Call the hotel, 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800, and specify you are attending the OSBA Bonds, Ballots and Buildings Conference, OR
  • Book online here.

Hotel rates are $134/Deluxe King and $144/Deluxe Double Queen for single/double occupancy, plus taxes and fees.

A block of reduced-rate rooms has been negotiated to help you save money. After January 7, hotel reservations will be accepted at the group rate only on a space- and rate-available basis. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information about The Grand Hotel's room types and amenities is available on the hotel website or by calling the hotel at 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800.

Salem Convention Center

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Salem Convention Center Parking

We encourage you to carpool if you are attending with others from your district. There is parking beneath the Conference Center; the entrance is on Liberty Street by the Grand Hotel.

If the parking lot is full, there is overflow parking nearby at Pringle Plaza. Be sure to park on the top level for free, all-day parking. Click here for a map for your reference.

7:30-8:00 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:15-9:30 a.m. – General Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Learn from the Winners Panel/Q&A

9:30-9:45 a.m. – Break

9:45-11:00 a.m. – Workshops (choose one)

Battling Scope Creep

Turning A History of "No" Into "Yes"

Learn How to LOL (Local Option Levy)

A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Break/Visit with Partners

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Lunch

12:45-2:00 p.m. – Workshops (choose one)

Rule #1: Know Thy Voters

Run A Winning Campaign On A Shoestring

How Oregon City Flipped the Numbers (36% to 63% Approval)

Crusing to Safe Harbor: How to Stay Legal in Your Bond Campaign

2:00-2:15 p.m. – Break

2:15-3:30 p.m. – Workshops (choose one)

Increasing Student Engagement Through CTE

Your School Bond Has Passed - Now What? Tips for Continuing the Communications Effort

Manage Your Construction Contracts

The ABCs of Bonds

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Thank you to our Premium Partners!

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Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE)
Dave Harvey
503-588-2800 x229;
The leading provider of property and casualty coverage for public schools, education service districts, community colleges and charter schools.


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D. A. Davidson & Co.
Matt Donahue
D.A. Davidson & Co. provides investment banking and financial advisory services to school districts.



Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
Ann Sherman
Hawkins is a legal firm that provides bond counsel expertise to school districts and other issuers of municipal debt.


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Piper Jaffray
Carol Samuels
Municipal bond investment banking firm with expertise in underwriting, financial advisory services portfolio management and market making for fixed income securities.





Thank you to our Exhibitors

CBRE | Heery

DLR Group

Energy Trust of Oregon

FACT Financial Investigations LLC

KCDA Purchasing

IBI Group


Mersereau Shannon

PIVOT Architecture

Soderstrom Architects

Virco Furniture MFG and Planscape Project Mgmt. FFE



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