This is an invitational Summit for the leaders of our local economy movement — the wayfinders and field leaders like you who are advancing local economy strategies and lighting a path for others to follow. BALLE is creating an intimate experience and convening about 300 guests from our community. The goal is to help facilitate deeper conversations among our network leaders and partners, and help you capitalize on opportunities for collaboration and strategies to support one another.

Location & Timing

Where will the Summit be held?
The Summit will take place in Pacific Grove, California, between Monterey and Carmel. All Summit sessions, food and lodging will be at Asilomar Conference GroundsPlease visit our Registration and Accommodations page for more details.

What are the times for the full program?
Summit programming will begin at 4pm PST on Wednesday, November 15, and end at 11pm PST on Friday, November 17.

Pricing

Is food and lodging included in the Summit registration fee?
Attendees need to purchase food and lodging packages in addition to Summit registration. Please visit our Registration and Accommodations page for more details.

Are there single day rates for registration?
Yes, there are single day rates for registration if you are staying onsite at Asilomar or offsite at another location. Please visit our Registration and Accommodations page for more details.

*Please note that we do not offer group registration rates for the Summit. There are discounted rates for shared rooms, based on availability.

Program

What are the Summit topics?
We will be curating an intentional program based on who will be participating. We will update this section as program details become available.

Registration

Does registration for the Summit include lodging?
Registration does not include lodging. Register for the Summit at our registration site using the password you received in your invitational email, and reserve housing separately with Asilomar or the hotel of your choice. Please visit our Registration & Accommodations page for the most up to date information. Please note that if you choose to stay at one of the off-site accommodations instead of the Asilomar Conference grounds, there will be an additional $125–$250 fee to cover meals and site usage for the Summit, depending on the number of days you plan to join us. You will be able to make this selection when you register for the Summit.

Does registration for pre-Summit activities such as the Equity in Rural Economies Tour include lodging? 
Registration for pre-Summit activities does not include lodging. Register for the pre-Summit tour when you register for the Summit (or at any time as a separate add-on) on our Eventbrite registration site using the password you received in your invitational email, and reserve housing separately with Asilomar or the hotel of your choice. Please visit our Registration & Accommodations page for the most up to date information.

Can I RSVP to reserve my space before I’m prepared to register?
Yes, you may RSVP with your intention to attend at RSVPLeadershipSummit@bealocalist.org.

How do I cancel or modify my registration?
Log into your Eventbrite account with the username and password used to create your account. Click on “My Tickets” on the top of the page. Select the ticket you wish to modify and complete the process. If you run into any issues, please contact Jocelyn Wong at Jocelyn@bealocalist.org.

I received a discount (promotional) code, how do I apply it?
If you received a promotional code, enter that code on our event registration page near the “Register” button. Click “Apply” and review the options to see your discount applied. We recommend that you apply your promotional code prior to filling in any additional registration details. If you entered the promotional code in error, you will see an error on the top of the web page. If you have any questions, please email Jocelyn Wong.

My promotional code is not working.
If you are using the correct promotional code and receive the error message “The discount code has already been used” on the top of the page, there are 2 reasons this may occur: 1) the discount code has already been used. If this is inaccurate, please email Jocelyn Wong and we will take the appropriate steps to resolve this; or 2) the tickets are held up in the registration process (most common). This can occur if someone else used the promotional code and proceeded to the next step in filling out the information without completing the order. If this happens, please wait for at least 1 hour for those tickets to be released and the promotional code to be used again.

Will there be any scholarships to attend the Summit?
Scholarships are available to cover the registration fee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Recipients will be notified July 1 and September 1, and any remaining scholarship funds will be awarded on a rolling basis thereafter. To apply, please click here. Please e-mail Katheryn Witt at Katheryn@bealocalist.org if you have additional questions about scholarships.

How do I register if I am a scholarship recipient?
Once awarded a scholarship, you will receive an e-mail with your promotional code. Visit our registration site, use the password you received in your email, and find the link near the “Register” button where you can input the promotional code. Hit “Apply” and you will see the General Registration ticket type discounted at the rate offered to you. If you have not received your promotional code, please e-mail Katheryn Witt at Katheryn@bealocalist.org.

What is the payment policy?
Payments for the Summit may be processed with these credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment must accompany your registration. Registrations without payment will not be processed.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?
Please visit the summit’s Eventbrite Registration Page for the current cancellation and refund policy for the event. The cancellation policies for lodging and meals can be found on the Asilomar website or other offsite accommodations.

Can I bring a guest?
Yes. Because the 2017 BALLE Summit is an invite-only event, please contact Leslie Lindo if there is someone that you would like to suggest for the invitation list.

Is there walk-up registration?
Please register in advance so that we can plan for your participation.

How do I check in at the Summit?
Please check in for your lodging room at the main Asilomar check-in desk.

Summit check-in will be located in Merrill Hall, up the hill from the main Asilomar check-in building. Additional details will be provided onsite.

Travel

If I drive to the Summit each day, is there parking available?
Yes.

How can I coordinate a rideshare?
Please post your interest to offer or seek a ride on the BALLE Leadership Carpool Sign-Up Form.

Air Travel
Best airports to fly into:

  • Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) – Small and expensive, but only a 20 min. drive to Summit location, with direct service to Asilomar on the Monterey Airbus
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC) – 1.5 hour drive to Summit location, with direct service to Asilomar on the Monterey Airbus
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 2.5 hr. drive to Summit location, with direct service to Asilomar on the Monterey Airbus

**You can also download more detailed travel information here.

Miscellaneous

What meals are included with the food and lodging packages?
The Standard food and lodging package includes all meals starting with dinner on Wednesday night and concluding with breakfast on Saturday morning.

What if I have special dietary needs or allergies?
We provide food options for omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any other special meals for other dietary needs. Be sure to indicate your dietary needs and preferences at the appropriate point in the online registration process.

What is the recommended attire for the Summit?
Business casual. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and layers for average temperatures ranging from the lower 60s to the upper 40s Fahrenheit.

Will there be internet access at the conference venues?
Yes. Details will be provided during Summit Registration.

Are there any tips to keep in mind about attending a BALLE Summit?
Come prepared to learn, be inspired, network, and have fun. Most importantly, drink lots of water and get some rest.

How do I become a sponsor?
We are excited that you are interested in sponsoring the BALLE Summit. Please email leslie@bealocalist.org and she will follow up.