Amid the rapidly changing conditions with the pandemic, ACPA was both cautious and optimistic about the possibility of holding a live event in Nashville for our 57th Annual Meeting in December. However, since receiving a favorable response to an in-person event from members and past event meeting participants in mid-June, the conditions have worsened in Nashville.
Certain areas and regions around the country, including Nashville, have become COVID-19 hot-spots, so named for their sharp increases in outbreaks. With the increased risk, in mid-July the ACPA Administrative Committee requested a feasibility analysis of holding the event, which led to a recommendation that ACPA take the event virtual.
Last week the ACPA Board of Directors reviewed the analysis and affirmed the decision, which has guided ACPA staff to pivot from planning an in-person meeting to a virtual event. The decision hinged on practical concerns of a large group meeting, including reduced attendance, financial impact, social distancing requirements, and safety concerns for ACPA members.
“We were disappointed at first,” says Jerry Voigt, “but now we’re rolling up our sleeves and excited to plan what we hope will be an outstanding virtual event–steps above the typical Zoom, MS Teams and Go-to-Meeting platforms everyone has been using the past few months.”
During ACPA’s weekly “3 Minutes on Monday” special video report, Jerry says: “I promise we’re still going to deliver many of your favorite elements that make our annual meeting such a rich experience. We’ll be challenged to bring it all together online, but your ACPA staff NEVER backs down from a challenge!”
“We hope you will embrace this change with us and rally together to create a great event and positive atmosphere,” he adds.