Solutions Track – Call for Presentations

As we are witnessing first-hand how in-person events are changing and the accelerated need for virtual opportunities has risen, ICMA is exploring the opportunity to create a robust virtual education program by recording all of the education sessions at the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference to support the in-person experience. In addition, should we not be able to hold the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference in Toronto due to the current issues we are facing with Covid-19, the ICMA conference team is working on a contingency plan to offer a 100% virtual conference to attendees, where all education session speakers will be asked to present their session virtually. Please note that by submitting your presentation, you are committing to speak at the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference, whether it be in Toronto or conducted virtually.

These 60-minute sessions at the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference are only for exhibitors, sponsors, and ICMA strategic partners.  The exhibit hall hosts the popular Solutions Track sessions, which present practical and new informational case studies of local governments that have overcome challenges through innovative public-private partnerships.

ICMA exhibitors, sponsors, and strategic partners are invited to submit their application to present a Solutions Track through our Call for Presentations by Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

If selected, a $7,500 fee will be charged. Discounts apply for ICMA Strategic Partners.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, March 26: Call for Presentations Opens
  • Friday, May 1 at 11:59 PM ET: Call for Presentations Closes

Tips for Call for Presentations Success

  • Read the Call for Presentations FAQ section for important information about the ICMA Annual Conference and tips for creating a great submission.
  • Create a future-focused, original presentation that covers the latest best practices, ideas, and innovations in the local government management profession.
  • Depth and specificity – the more specific your submission description is, the better. Drill down to what really matters to the local government management professional.
  • Your title should reflect your description – think simple, accurate, and succinct.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Submissions?

All submissions must be in English and include the following:

  • Session title
  • Three learning objectives
  • Session submitter/speaker name(s), organization name, title, complete address, phone, and email information
  • Brief presenter biography and headshot
  • Description of session (no more than 300 words)
  • Speaker agreement

Session information will be published on the website, in the conference app and other channels when available.

ICMA reserves the right to cancel a session if necessary.

What is the ICMA Annual Conference?

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference is the largest gathering of local government professionals in the world and offers an abundance of educational, information-sharing, and networking tools to help local government management professionals manage their communities in today’s complex environment.

Where and When is the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference?

The 2020 ICMA Annual Conference begins on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 and ends on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Preconference begins Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  This year’s annual conference is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre located in the South Building at 222 Bremner Boulevard.

What Should Session Descriptions Include?

Session descriptions should include tool(s) attendees can take back to their communities.  Ideas should be educational, non-commercial and provide value to a wide-ranging group of ICMA conference attendees.

Will I be Notified if my Submission is Accepted?

All submissions will be reviewed, and submitters will be notified by email whether or not their proposal is selected for inclusion in the conference program.

What Happens if Your Idea/Submission is Selected?

All selected submitters will be contacted with further information including notification of all deadlines and a contract and invoice for your Solutions Track. The Solutions Track fee will be due upon 30 days of receipt of the invoice.  Please note it is crucial to the success of the conference that all selected speakers, moderators, etc. adhere to all ICMA deadlines.

Does Submitting an Idea or Proposal Guarantee my Acceptance?

Idea or speaker submittal does not guarantee selection.

Who Can Submit?

ICMA exhibitors, sponsors, and strategic partners.

Who Attends the ICMA Annual Conference?

Local government management professionals of all career stages and backgrounds come to the ICMA Annual Conference each year.  Audience types consist of:  Encore, Executive, Assistant/Deputy, Department Head/Director, Staff/Analyst/Assistant, Student/Interns, Small Community, and Senior/Credentialed Managers.

Can I Download the Annual Conference Presentations?

Yes, registrants of the ICMA Annual Conference will have access to download session handouts and PowerPoint presentations from various sessions through the Conference App and online during and after the conference event.

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