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Special Sessions

International Development Academy: 2 Day Workshop

Friday, September 21 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Are you looking for ways to make a contribution beyond the boundaries of your community? Learn how your knowledge and experience can be applied to working with local governments overseas to strengthen their capacity to promote transparent, efficient, and sustainable governance practices. Led by ICMA staff and members who have extensive international development experience, this intensive one-and-a-half-day workshop will help you understand how you can use your skills to address the challenges faced by governments to deliver services, promote economic development, create sustainable growth, and improve the quality of life for their residents. The session will examine the trends and expectations of the donor community and the local governments and other entities we support. ICMA members who have made the transition to international work will discuss what is needed to be prepared. For further information, contact Isabelle Bully-Omictin at

International Development Academy - Day 2 of 2 Day Workshop

Saturday, September 22 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

City/County Technology Leadership Symposium: Managers and IT Leaders

Saturday, September 22 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Preregistration is required for this symposium. To register, go to
Technology affects every aspect of local government service delivery. Information technology (IT) is the digital infrastructure that ties it all together. When it comes to deploying technology, whether it be to improve government operations, to drive better decision making, or to increase community engagement, a local government can be successful only if it has effective technology leadership.This leadership requires a partnership in which the manager and the technology executive work together to devise a strategy that delivers success for the entire organization. ICMA has partnered with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) to present a preconference symposium on building an effective manager-IT executive partnership. Topics to be covered are Cybersecurity Awareness, Artificial Intelligence,Citizen Engagement, Blockchain Is Here, Team Building: Local Government Manager and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Evaluating the CIO, Evaluating CIO/IT Infrastructure, and Evaluating the Enterprise. $250.

Installation Command Fellowship, U.S. Army (CMSFP)

Saturday, September 22 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speed Coaching-Coach

Sunday, September 23 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Speed Coaching is back in Baltimore! Have career questions and want to get or give a different perspective? Attend Speed Coaching on Sunday morning. Registration is complimentary for this high-energy coaching and networking event.

Speed Coaching-Coachee

Sunday, September 23 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Using LinkedIn to Advance Your Career

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Urban and Rural Governance in a Globalized World

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

As cities continue to experience the impact of globalization, local government plays an essential role in shaping the urban and rural governance agenda. This session will examine the role and impacts of globalization in urban and rural governance in Chinese cities and utilize U.S cities as a frame of reference. Panelists will look at the role of the One Belt One Road Initiative and its implication in local governance. The session will provide an opportunity to identify the potential collaboration between the two countries as well as how members can engage in China programs that ICMA offers.

2020 Census: What Local Governments Need to Do Now to Prepare

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

After years of planning, the national public safety wireless broadband network, known as FirstNet, is poised to become a reality. What will this mean to public safety’s existing 911 communications systems? Explore the technical, operational, security, and financial impacts associated with FirstNet’s introduction into the public safety-communications arena as well as how all these systems could change as FirstNet evolves and 911 migrates to next generation 911.

Mindfulness at Work, Home, and On-The-Go

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

What is Mindfulness, and how can it help you? Learn practical, easy and fast strategies to decrease stress personally and professionally, enhance productivity for you and your team, make communication easier, and potentially even improve biometrics. In this session, we will alternate between information and experience. You will have opportunities to learn new techniques and then test drive them! No experience needed, appropriate for all levels. Sponsored by Cigna.

The Cloud: Using Information to engage your community

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

We live in a time when citizens are looking for new ways to engage with their communities. While most communities have made some inroads with digital communications, there are unprecedented opportunities to expand civic engagement beyond the town hall. This session will explore the strengths and weaknesses of various forms of digital communications and describe strategies and techniques for bringing your government to the citizens in the digital world where they live.

Speaker: Dennis Harward, Founder & CEO, TownCloud, Inc., Broomfield, CO
Speaker: Robert Tipton, Founder & CEO, Team Tipton , LITTLETON, CO

Ethics: Moving from Theory to Reality

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

All MPA students are invited to join this session led by Martha Bennett, a member of ICMA’s Committee on Professional Conduct, and Prof. Kurt Thurmaier. Come ready to explore and resolve ethical issues in local government. After the session, go have lunch together and keep the dialogue alive!

Leadership ICMA 2018 “4 Birds and 1 Stone”

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Come learn how the Leadership ICMA program prepared the class of 2018 to find creative solutions to four very different challenges. The class will share their insights on how to get buy-in from small, medium, and large cities in order to successfully address employee development and talent recruitment, innovation labs, code enforcement processes, and enterprise management.

Form of Government under Attack? Here’s How to Fight Back

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Forces within your community are pushing for a strong mayor. What do you do? You fight like your job depends on it (because it just might) by helping pro-professional management advocates within in your community organize, educate, and increase awareness of the benefits that a position such as yours provides. Council-manager adoption or retention campaigns are spirited community conversations that offer the opportunity to showcase the value of an experienced professional local government manager, and they are very winnable. Learn how successful campaigns that highlight the benefits of the council-manager form are conducted.

First-Time Administrators: Minding the Organizational P’s and Q’s

Monday, September 24 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Learn best practices for training staff and communicating with elected officials. You will also learn when and how to use outside facilitators for council retreats/workshops and cover examples of budget presentations with transparency and social media policies.

Speaker: Randall Reid, ICMA's Southeast Regional Director , ICMA, Gainesville, FL
Speaker: Patricia Vinchesi, Northeast Regional Director, ICMA, Conway, MA

County Administrators’ Idea Exchange

Monday, September 24 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The National Association of County Administrators (NACA) will host an idea exchange—an informal roundtable discussion for county administrators to discuss issues that are important to county governance.

Designing an Effective Employee Performance Management System

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The shortfalls of traditional performance management have become apparent in most of today’s organizations. Conventional talent management and performance measurement models that rely on such tools as annual performance appraisals are not effective. This session will introduce innovative and effective performance management system options.

Speaker: Bonnie Karns, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PMI, Sr. Director, Human Resources, ICMA, Washington, DC

President’s Colloquium: Creating Cities People Love

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Creating great cities doesn’t happen by chance; it is the result of deliberate choices made by leaders. This year’s president’s colloquium will explore the worldwide movement to develop people-centered cities where a resident’s physical health is cultivated hand in hand with urban design. Child- and elder-friendly design yields engaged residents in love with their town.

Turn Your Fear into Heroism: Harnessing Workforce Opinion to Make Your Organization Strong

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Managers sometimes fear that asking their employees about the work environment may be opening a can of worms. What they forget is that worms thrive in dark moist environments. By bringing to light what most employees know anyway, you can demonstrate your willingness to invite real conversations that bring in the voices of everyone who works for you. Hear managers discuss what their jurisdictions have done with their employee surveys—the lead-up, execution, and follow-up—that helped to set the organization on the right track.

Police Officer Recruitment: Getting Results

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In a tight labor market, police positions are challenging to fill. What recruitment strategies work, how are jurisdictions onboarding and training their new hires, and how are they engaging with the community? Explore results from ICMA’s recent survey on model officer recruitment.

Speaker: Gerald Young, Senior Research Associate, ICMA, Granville, OH

Managers as Faculty

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Do you feel the calling to teach? Do you want to promote the profession to a new generation of public management students, whether as a guest lecturer in a college classroom or as an adjunct or full-time faculty member in a graduate MPA program? If so, join this informal discussion and share your experiences, exchange ideas, and learn where to find and how to use teaching resources.

Putting Smart Community Strategies to Work in Small and Mid-Sized Jurisdictions

Monday, September 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Smart city investments aren't just occuring in New York City or the technology saavy Silicon Valley communities. Small and mid-sized communities all around the world are seeing the potential and making investments in technologies and processes to improve performance, reduce costs, and increase the quality of services provided to residents and businesses. Learn more about the strategies that are underway and igniting new approaches in local government management.

Speaker: Peter Torrellas, National Business Manager for State & Local Government, Siemens, Buffalo Grove, IL

Analytics for Safer Communities

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Shaping Policy through Data Analysis: A Look at the Opioid Crisis

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

The opioid crisis continues to haunt communities across the United States. Using data collected from ten communities, this session will help participants understand how jurisdictions are currently using data to inform opioid responses, policy options, and operations and what opportunities exist to use available data more effectively.

First-Time Administrators: Reading the Room

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Participants will receive examples of how to be successful in their new role as manager and how to support their own performance evaluation. The session will reinforce such skills as managing work-life balance, working collaboratively, and leaving time to think ahead.

Speaker: Kevin Duggan, West Coast Regional Director, ICMA, Mountain View, CA
Speaker: Cheryl Hilvert, Midwest Regional Director, ICMA, Montgomery, OH

Shopping for Talent Development Solutions

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Are you looking for ways to attract, develop, and retain your agency's most valuable assets--its people? This panel will show you how to tap the many free or low-cost resources that you can adapt and apply to your particular circumstances. Bring your "shopping list" of what you're looking for, and we'll help you find what you need to fill it. We'll also provide checklists that you can use to be sure that you're not missing items to be a talent magnet and nurture a high-performance team. Leave with an action plan to prioritize your next steps and get traction on this important topic when you return home.

Speaker: Don Maruska, Director, ICMA Coaching Program, Morro Bay, CA

Game of Life: Play It Right—Season 7

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Join us for this interactive and engaging trivia “game show” that will help educate the audience on maximizing the way you live and save. Subject matter experts in health and wellness and finance will provide information we all need to know as we work, play and live the Game of Life.

Local Government Excellence Awards Poster Gallery Session

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Stop by the Awards Poster Gallery to learn about this year’s award-winning programsand how to replicate them in your own community. Representatives from the local governments receiving the awards will be on hand to chat with you and answer your questions. Throughout the conference, the posters will also be available for viewing in the ICMA Member Pavilion whenever the exhibit hall is open.

Credentialing Program Q & A

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Preparing for Your Next Life Phase

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

As we approach retirement, how do we create a portfolio of fulfilling experiences involving leisure, work, service, creative pursuits, and personal relationships? This interactive session will provide resources to help recently retired and still-active managers craft a vital next-phase plan.

Power in Partnerships: Overcoming Obstacles and Leveraging Opportunities in College Towns

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

If you have a college in your town, you have an asset. Yet, we often look first at the deficits of a higher education institution instead of the positive impacts and diverse culture offered. Learn more about what the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) network of experienced professionals from institutions and local governments are doing to produce effective long-term solutions which address quality of life concerns. Survey data collected nationwide on town and gown cultures and effective strategies will be shared. Additionally, come prepared to discuss the institutions in your community, the powerful partnerships formed, and best practices on how you take advantage of your important community asset.

So You’ve Gotten Your MPA: What Do You Do When the Jobs Don’t Come to You?

Tuesday, September 25 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Although you may feel prepared to step into your dream position, transitioning from student to professional isn’t always easy. Learn how to take advantage of your employment gap, supplement your education by getting involved locally, navigate the highs and lows of the job search, and stay energetic throughout the process.

Panelist: Pamela Davis, Director of the Business Service Center, County of Richland, Columbia, SC
Panelist: Midori Lichtwardt, Human Resources Director, City of Tracy, Tracy, CA
Panelist: Gary Rogers, Deputy City Manager / Human Resources Director, City of Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks, CA

First-Time Administrators: Networking Session

Tuesday, September 25 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Participants are invited to talk about their experiences as first-time administrators.This session will be highly interactive with lots of humor, conversation, and lessons to be learned! Limited to the first 50 people.

Facilitator: Karen Daly, Mountain Plains Regional Director, ICMA, Georgetown, TX

ICMA and the 2018 Conference Host Committee appreciate the support of this year's conference contributors, especially Principal Sponsor ICMA-RC, and Diamond Sponsor Cigna.