Offering both in-person and digital attendance options so everyone, everywhere, can join the world’s largest conference for local government leaders.

Network with your peers. Gain leadership skills and practical approaches for improving local government. The 2021 ICMA Annual Conference is your global gateway, and we invite you to be part of it all. Join fellow local government leaders in Portland, Oregon, October 3-6.

Can’t travel to the U.S.?

We are making it even easier for our international attendees to participate in the 2021 ICMA Annual Conference through our digital option. Registrants will participate in a dynamic virtual experience where they will learn critical skills and network with peers from around the world without leaving the comfort of their home.

Registration Rates for International Attendees

2021 ICMA: Digital

Attendee Type Regular Rate (Beginning September 1)
International ICMA Member (non-U.S., non-Canada) $0
International Nonmember (non-U.S., non-Canada) $0

Full Conference Digital Only Registration includes live streaming of all keynote sessions, selected education sessions, On-Demand sessions, virtual networking opportunities and digital only content.  

2021 ICMA: Portland

Attendee Type Regular Rate (Beginning September 1)
International ICMA Member (non-U.S., non-Canada)* $790
International Nonmember (non-U.S., non-Canada)* $1,580

Full Conference In-Person Registration includes the Sunday Night Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception, all keynote speakers and general sessions, trailblazer speakers, exhibit hall access, education sessions, interactive roundtable discussions AND access to the digital event, too.


*Individuals seeking assistance with funding should contact Berna Oztekin at Subject to availability.

Some countries require a National Interest Exception (NIE) in addition to a US Visa. Please check with the US consulate in your country/region before making travel arrangements.

Suggested Sessions for International Attendees

Local Businesses as a “New Asset Class”: City & County Governments Partnering with Pension Investors to Jumpstart the Economy


  • M. Nicolas J. Firzli, Director-General of the World Pensions Council, Paris, France
  • Christopher Smith, Board Member of the Westminster Local Government Pension Scheme, Westminster City Council, UK

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Local Government


  • Robert Kristof, CEO of Neverbots / Former City Manager of Timisoara, Romania

10 Steps in the Construction of Your City Brand


  • Ivan Cardona, Graduate Director, MA in Public Relations & Branding, Hofstra University, New York, USA
  • Mickey Espada, President Mabudeg Corp., Puerto Rico, USA

Getting Involved in ICMA Programs: Advice for Early Career Professionals


  • Christopher Gerry, Project Manager, City of Palm Desert, California, USA

What’s ICMA Doing Around the World – An Overview of ICMA’s Global Programs and How You Can Get Involved


  • Isabelle Bully-Omictin, Director for Funded Technical Assistance Programs, ICMA, Washington, DC, USA

Pandemic and Change in Intergovernmental Relationships in Japan and Philippines


  • Prof. Shunsuke Kimura, Dean of Graduate School of Global Governance Meiji University, Japan
  • Dr. Divina Lopez, Developmental Planning Specialist & Faculty, De La Salle University, Philippines

Establishing Gender Balance in Senior Leadership in Australian Local Government


  • Victoria MacKirdy, Chief Executive Officer, City of Victor Harbour, Australia
  • Jonathan Throssell, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Mundaring, Australia

How a Danish Municipality Involves the Locals, NGOs and Businesses to Prepare Its Sustainable Development Goals and Actions Toward 2030


  • Ib Rasmussen, Former City Manager, Advisor to the Board, Faxe Municipality, Denmark

Using Community Science to Advance Social and Racial Equity


  • Cintya Flores, Senior Program Manager, ICMA, Washington, DC, USA
  • Laura Allen, Town Manager Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA
  • Eleanor Robson, Research and Policy Officer, Future Earth Australia, Australian Academy of Science, Brisbane, Australia
  • Natasha Udu-gama, Community and International Relations Manager, Advancing Earth and Space Science (AGU) Thriving Earth Exchange, Washington, DC, USA

Creating Equitable Climate Resilient Communities


  • Dr. Sean O’Donoghue, Head of Climate Change Adaptation Branch, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa
  • Molly Saylor, Lead Sustainability Specialist, City of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
  • Lindsay Ex, Environmental Services Director, City of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Questions About How to Attend?

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