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The ICMA Virtual Annual Conference add-on feature is perfect for any local government professional who plans to attend the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference in person and wants to enhance his or her Conference experience.

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3 Reasons to Considering the Virtual Annual Conference

Learn when and where you want.

The Virtual Annual Conference allows you to continue to gain new knowledge, ideas, and strategies while improving your leadership and management skills on your own time and at your own pace. Watch your favorite sessions multiple times. Share it with your staff members. Get the most from every session as much as possible.

Save money.

If joining us in Nashville isn’t affordable for you at the moment, paying only $299 (members)/ $399 (nonmembers) to watch 4 keynote speakers, 2 featured speaker presentations, 16 of the most compelling sessions, and coverage from the floor brought to you by ICMAtv is a great deal.

Made for your crazy-busy schedule.

We understand that the life of a local government professional is BUSY and you can’t always spend all day sitting in front of a screen watching Conference sessions. The Virtual Annual Conference was built to accommodate your busy schedule. Pick and choose the on-demand sessions you want to watch, and access them whenever you’d like for an entire year.

What Sessions Are Included with the Virtual Annual Conference

Each Virtual Annual Conference offering includes: 4 keynote speakers (keynote session access ends 3-6 months after original broadcast), 2 featured speaker presentations, 16 of the most compelling sessions, and coverage from the floor brought to you by ICMAtv.

Beyond Diversity: An Inclusive Workforce for 21st Century Outcomes

Gain insight into the perspective of those responsible for making hiring decisions within local government jurisdictions, and how those decisions impact the pipeline into top positions now and in the future. Hear emerging trends in management recruitment, the preferred skills and talent professionals need to acquire, and internal and external factors affecting recruitment.

The Future of the Profession

Focus on the BIG ideas and concepts managers will face in the next 10 to 20 years.  Come explore skills managers will need and what emerging trends to prepare for—e.g., driver-less cars, smart-city design, sharing economy, and technological changes.

Building Community Resilience to Environmental Hazards

Communities are counting on local governments to ensure that they are resilient to slow-moving hazards as well as acute shocks and stressors. Hear from Environmental Protection Agency staff about available resources, measurement tools, and approaches that can help local governments navigate community resilience strategies.

A National and Personal Apology

In 2004, Meridian Charter Township, Michigan, had an opportunity but failed to stop the destruction caused by Larry Nassar as the doctor for the USA gymnastics team. Nassar’s abuse of young women went on for another 12 years, and in 2018 the community chose to publicly apologize in front of the national media. Learn how Meridian Charter Township made changes to its law enforcement procedures to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future.

“Urban Renaissance” and the Intersection of Growth and Social (In)Equity

How can public- and private-sector resources devoted to supporting thriving center-city economies also benefit underserved neighborhoods? The Inclusive Places Council will share toolkits and best practices for creating a more inclusive public realm. Hear examples that can help leaders who are grappling with issues of inclusive growth and social equity find a path forward.

Surviving City Management: The Partners’ Stories

Relationship pressures experienced by city managers’ partners are not unusual or uncommon—from the fishbowl environment in which we live to the 24-hour news cycle that disrupts our homelives. Partners of managers in both traditional and nontraditional families provide their unique perspectives on how to keep the relationship thriving.

Tools for Trust: From the Lens of a Social Crisis

Community leaders are challenged to engage residents and build trust. This interactive conversation will engage participants with a short simulation of a quickly unfolding crisis to illustrate why broad engagement is essential to foster healthy, inclusive community interaction.

The Future of How, When, and Where We Work

Innovation doesn’t “just happen.”  Innovation happens when governments stop doing things because “that’s the way it’s always been done” and start seeking better ways to deliver public services. We’ll discuss new strategies being introduced in California.

Planning for Aging: Promising Practices

Rapid population aging worldwide challenges local government infrastructures and services, yet the largest talent pool of experience in human history is also a community asset. AARP will share global, city-led innovations that support planning including equitable transportation, for all ages.

Could It Be Your Turn? Being in Transition

Any manager can be in transition if things go bad. This brutally honest session will be led by two managers and family members who survived. Learn the symptoms/red flags to watch for. How does being terminated affect my family? What did I do to contribute to the situation? What could I have done differently?

How State-Based Organizations are Tackling Gender Inequity Head-On

Learn how the 16/50 Michigan Women’s Leadership Project and the NW Women’s Leadership Academy in Oregon are developing tomorrow’s women leaders, providing professional development for advancing women, and educating elected officials on gender bias, and the business case for gender balance in organizations.

Lessons from Flint

Gain insights from those who lived through the water crisis in Flint, Michigan firsthand. This session will provide background on the challenges the city faced as well as how the city is moving the community forward after disaster.

What Does It Take? Landing Leadership Positions

How can emerging leaders prepare early in their careers to move into top positions? This session will focus on the preferred skills and professional qualities sought by those making hiring decisions, internal and external factors affecting recruitment, and what can be done to assist women and people of color in achieving leadership positions. Cosponsored by the Local Government Hispanic Network and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Decision Making During a Crisis

On September 13, 2018, the over-pressurization of the low-pressure gas lines in a 5 square mile radius in the Merrimack Valley area of northeastern Massachusetts resulted in more than 130 fires, more than two dozen injuries, and at least one fatality. Learn how Merrimack Valley and the surrounding communities worked together to make critical and time-sensitive decisions to resolve this crisis.

Community Cohesion through the Arts

Allocating public funds for arts and culture comes with some political risk, but it can be transformative. Investing in public art, performance venues, or related nonprofits can lead to economic growth, define a sense of place, promote diversity, and bring a community together.

Emerging Regulatory Arenas: Governing for the Future

From ride sharing to e-scooters to cannabis sales and short-term rentals, communities have the opportunity to get out in front of these emerging regulatory areas. A panel of experts will discuss these challenges and possible solutions.

Benefits of Purchasing the ICMA Virtual Annual Conference

Even if you missed an ICMA Virtual Annual Conference session, you don’t have to miss out on the learning.

  • Multi-track session broadcast of 22 hours of expert local government advice, insights and training
  • Earn credits toward your ICMA-CM or AICP-CM* through virtual sessions
  • Access to the on-demand recordings until October 23, 2020. (keynote session access ends 3-6 months after original broadcast)
  • Gain access to all session handouts
  • Share ICMA sessions with your colleagues that couldn’t travel to Nashville so they also get the benefit of this online professional development.
  • Easier navigation
  • Streaming interviews

Computer Requirements

  • Individual: PC or Laptop with internet connection
  • Group: PC or laptop with internet connection, computer speakers, LCD projector, screen


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*AICP-CM Credits

ICMA has registered with the American Planning Association’s professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), to be a provider of Certification Management (CM) credits.  AICP members will be able to earn CM credits for approved programs at ICMA’s Annual Conference.  A note will appear in the session description if the session has been approved by AICP.