The next international conference will be in 2 years, but probably either in the midwest or the East Coast, depending on what NINO group gets off its duff to do the homework for planning it.
We can certainly do a regional next year if someone wants to plan it, something 2 days long, I can tell the basic parameters for getting a bid, etc.
It will be somewhat cheaper to do a regional per head, because there will not be as much in the way of speaker travel expenses, plus some of the initial outlays I made for equipment, namebadges, etc. will be available for future conferences that I attend.
But next year it might be better to do it in, say, Seattle, or Olympia (Evergreen, anyone?) for a regional event--have NW and west coast babywearers primarily. Doesn't need to happen in Portland, although if y'all want to do it, more power to you. I know that there are likely to be Texas, Chicago and NY regionals next year.
Regional can be 2-3 days, tops, 2-3 tracks, tops. Exhibit hall... with enough advance marketing, it is possible to completely fill an exhibit hall even with local vendors.
I've got a huge list on TBW about what is needed for a bid, etc.
But in 2009, we will be at Reed again, because due to some weird contractual stuff, they decided not to ding us for the huge number of rooms they set aside for us that we did not use, in exchange, we are putting down a $1000 deposit on next time, which can be a smaller event. And we'll have the conference center, old dorm block, it will be MUCH better in terms of walking distances.
Right now, local NINO groups are urged to go out and look at local venues and do the footwork to get bids for 2008. The community, NINO board and key vendors (who footed a huge amount of the bill for this conference) will all have some say and we'll look to reach a consensus or close to it on where the best choice will be. Usually, with a bid process, it becomes very obvious very quickly which group and community have the whatwith to do a conference. THe reason this one was in Portland and I ran it was because I was the one who went out, got a bid, said I'd run it, and that was that. Now that everyone knows *why* it's important, I expect there to be 2-3 promising locations "bidding" for the conference. It is likely that in the venue-finding process, groups will discover venues which would work blazingly well for regionals and not at all for international.
The fact that we came anywhere near breaking even the first year out is pretty phenomenal.