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Educational Session Overview

In addition to sessions offered by ICMA’s projects, affiliates, and partners, this year’s conference will feature educational sessions addressing the challenges facing local government managers in six theme tracks developed by the 2018 Conference Planning Committee:

The conference program also includes career tracks of educational sessions designed specifically for:
Sessions have also been developed by various stakeholders and affiliates:

Other conference professional development opportunities include:

Cigna Health & Wellness Zone
As a leader in helping local governments improve the health of employees, retirees, and their families, Cigna is proud to be a premier-level ICMA Strategic Partner and exclusive health care sponsor of ICMA’s 104th Annual Conference, September 23-26, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Featured Speakers
Featured speakers are noted for their presentation skills and will speak on topics directly related to the conference themes.

Field Demonstrations
The opportunities for professional growth and networking will extend beyond the meeting rooms of the Baltimore Convention Center to include a series of educational field demonstrations and site visits highlighting the most innovative projects in area local governments.

ICMA University Forums
ICMA University Forums are a hybrid of the traditional conference educational sessions and the ICMA University workshops. Because they are designed to be highly interactive and skill building in nature, the forums are limited in enrollment to 250 participants. Although there is no fee to participate in a forum beyond the main conference registration fee, preregistration is required because of the ceiling on enrollment, and early registration is recommended. ICMA University Practice Group numbers (noted in italics after the description) are attributed to each forum.

ICMA University Workshops
ICMA University workshops offer interactive, intensive training designed to develop skills and enhance knowledge. They support ICMA members' commitment to career-long learning by addressing the ICMA Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership. Instructors are selected for their knowledge of the topic, understanding of local government issues, and proven ability to effectively teach adults. Workshop Fees, Registration, and Location Because workshops are not supported by conference registration fees and must be self-supporting, there is an additional registration fee ($195) for each half-day workshop unless otherwise noted. This fee covers the cost of handouts and certificates; audiovisual equipment rental; refreshments; instructor travel, lodging, and honoraria; and any other costs specific to the workshops. Preregistration is required, and early registration is recommended as enrollment in each workshop is limited to between 30 and 50 participants to allow for maximum interaction with the instructor and other participants. All workshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Baltimore.

Learning Lab Sessions
Don't feel like attending a 75-minute session? Then stop by the conference's Learning Lab and join a small audience at your choice of short, interactive presentations on the focused topics that will stir your curiosity. The lounge will host an Experts Bar, where you can get one-on-one advice from in-the-know colleagues.

Roundtable Discussions
The conference's popular series of roundtable discussions offers attendees an opportunity to meet face-to-face and share ideas, opinions, and solutions on a variety of issues important to professional managers. Each discussion will be facilitated by an ICMA member or other expert with a strong interest or expertise in these nuts-and-bolts issues. Please check back as roundtables are added over the summer.

Solutions Track Sessions
Three theater venues in the exhibit hall will host the Solutions Track sessions, which present case studies of local governments that have overcome challenges through innovative public-private partnerships. Session topics were selected by a committee of Conference Planning Committee members and Strategic Partners, with emphasis on showcasing ideas that are practical and new for local governments.

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 Maintenance (CM) credits. AICP members will be able to earn CM credits for approved programs at ICMA’s Annual Conference. A note appears at the end of each conference offering that has been approved through AICP’s review process.