Gain Approval to Attend the ICMA Annual Conference

You know why you should be at the ICMA Annual Conference. Now it’s time to convince your supervisor/elected officials to provide professional and financial support. ICMA can help. Here are some suggestions on how to get your request approved.

The ICMA Annual Conference will bring together local government leaders and staff to discuss current issues challenging the profession and to identify meaningful solutions, offering more than 200 educational sessions, engaging conversations, and an exhibit hall filled with offerings, products, and services to help you and your organization.

What to Do

Read more about the benefits of attending.

Review the ICMA Annual Conference Schedule  and outline for your supervisor/elected official the sessions that would be beneficial to your professional growth and to the organization.

Create a list of short and long-term goals and find the sessions that would help you achieve them.

Explain the kinds of connections and relationships you will be making at the event and how they will benefit your organization.

Reasons to Go

Bolster your request by explaining the top reasons you should attend the ICMA Annual Conference.


Relationships, especially ones centered on face-to-face opportunities, are imperative in the meetings and events industry. The ICMA Annual Conference consistently brings top thought leaders and key influencers that you can connect with in person to gain insight and collaborate.


Attending the ICMA Annual Conference will allow you to learn more about the local government and the latest innovations. You can take the knowledge you gain and invest it back in your career, the organization, and the community.


You can represent your organization and return with a contact list of individuals and vendors you meet and an outline or report of every session you attend. You will provide department presentations to share what you’ve learned.