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Once you have registered for the Annual Conference you can build your own personal schedule. As you browse the ICMA Annual Conference website check the boxes next to the sessions and events that interest you then press the “Add to My Schedule” button in the lower right corner of this page.Then visit the "My Schedule" section of the site to view and "Print" your professional conference schedule.You must be logged into the website to build your personal schedule.
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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.



"Next" Practices: Blockchain Technology

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


The media has been reporting about blockchain technology, including bitcoins and other financial transactions. But blockchain technology isn’t just for computer geeks and gamers. Local government managers need to understand the technology and how it will affect your organization’s service delivery.Members of ICMA’s Smart Communities Advisory Board will lead the discussion on what managers need to know.


Building Your Own Broadband Network—Is It the Right Solution for Your Community?

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


Is your community prepared for the increased internet speed required for the next generation of infrastructure? This roundtable discussion can help get you started on the gig-speeds broadband journey and provide you with key takeaways related to different models of success, how to approach conversations with the private sector, how to navigate increasingly difficult state and federal laws, and key considerations to consider when deciding if a municipally-owned fiber network, pursuing private activity, or a hybrid solution is right for you and your communities.


Economies of Scale: Opportunities for Joint Service Delivery

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


This roundtable is focused on current and future opportunities for joint service delivery between counties, cities and other agencies. Join us and discuss what’s worked, what hasn’t, and potential strategies on how to start and implement joint service delivery.


Performance Reporting: What's In It for Me?

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


Performance reporting is often mandated from above. But how do you get department heads and staff to see the value in tracking outcomes and motivate them to make data-driven management part of their organizational culture? Attend this roundtable to discuss successful methods of doing so.


Resident Succession Planning

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


It's time we rethink how to build and prepare the next generation of civic leaders. Attend this roundtable to discuss how small and large communities have been successful at focusing on civic education, how to encourage youth to consider a career in local government, and how to work with organizations within the community to engage residents about the importance of local government.


Rules of Engagement: Setting the Stage for Engaging Unengaged Residents

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


All communities have some population or demographic that is underrepresented or disengaged. In this roundtable, facilitated by the Emerging Leaders Development Program – Class of 2019, you will discuss strategies that have been successful in engaging hard to reach populations and how individual communities can increase their chances of success.


Using Professionals to Address Personal Health and Wellness: A Chubby City Manager's Tale

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


This roundtable will begin with a discussion of one city manager’s personal struggles with weight while balancing life as a manager and new parent. After years of long, late-night meetings and using food as a comfort for stress, something had to improve. Hear and discuss how a team of professionals can be used to improve your overall health and well-being: a personal trainer, a health psychologist, a nutritionist, all help make you a better parent, partner, and manager.


What's Race Got to Do with It?

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


Come discuss how to start or continue conversations about race in your community. You’ll learn what racial equity means to public policies, identify the difference between diversity and inclusion, and hear about success stories occurring throughout the country. Carla J. Kimbrough from the National Civic League will facilitate the discussion.


Getting Boomers to Share and the Next Generation to Care: Successful Mentoring Practices

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


The next generation has high expectations of their employers as well as high standards for themselves. So how can you build them a road map for success? Join this discussion about effective ways to be a mentor, cultivate intergenerational programs, and involve all levels in the organization to ensure all employees are valued, empowered, and engaged at work.


Humane Cities: Social Change through Progressive Animal Welfare Policies

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


Pets are emerging as a holistic source of public and environmental health in many communities. Join the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) as they discuss a framework that allows local governments to measure the potential impacts of adopting progressive animal welfare policies on the economic, social, and environmental health of their communities both prior to and following the policy’s implementation.


Manage and Reduce Chaos

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


How many hats do your employees wear when a budget restriction is in place? When you are focusing on all the hats you are wearing, it’s hard to focus on reducing the hats. In this roundtable, learn about and discuss ways to reduce the headache and chaos of budget restrictions so you can create a lasting legacy for your community.


Scaling Big Ideas to Smaller Communities

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


Small communities need big ideas as much or more than bigger communities do. With limited resources and staff stretched to their limits it is often hard to identify new practices let alone to implement them. Attend this roundtable discussion and share ideas relevant to all communities but especially focused on how to scale big ideas to manageable implementations for small communities.


The Green Rush: Legal Cannabis Implications for Local Governments

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


As the legal landscape continues to shift across North America, local governments are finding themselves in the position to opt in or out of regulating the cannabis industry in their communities. Join this roundtable of your peers to share your community’s experiences, concerns, and questions about implications of permitting medical or recreational cannabis activities.


The Police and Community Relationship: Baltimore's Experience

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


The Western Police District is one of Baltimore’s most violent. In the fall of 2015, the city experienced tremendous unrest following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was found unconscious at the Western District Station with fatal neck injuries suffered while in police custody in April 2015. The station was the setting of multiple clashes between protesters and police officers. Today however, it has become a positive hub for community activity. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with Major Briscoe from the district office and discuss how the police and community relationship can improve quality of life.


The Smart City of 2030

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


Future-oriented leaders need to be able to see over the horizon and prepare for a coming wave of new technologies and applications that have the potential to improve city service delivery. During this roundtable, participants will discuss: what local governments should be doing now to prepare for the next ten years of technology disruptions; the cost-effective strategies that leaders can put into place to guide their community into the smart city era; and what caveats they should consider in pursuing innovations.


What's In Your Employment Agreement?

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


Public sector compensation is always in the spotlight. While managers have a right to fair compensation and to be treated fairly, maintaining public trust around compensation is critical. As ICMA updates the Model Employment Agreement this year, join executive recruiters and peers in a conversation about current trends in compensation.


Dedication to the Profession: The Balancing Act of Being a Parent & a Chief Executive

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


This roundtable will discuss the time, energy and methods people need to be both successful parents and senior level executive employees. Work life and home life can often be very hectic, but it is possible to be a city manager and a parent! Hear the tips of the trade from other parents who continue to promote within the profession while being a great parent.


Developing Political Intelligence

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


This roundtable focuses on specific tactics to be used by managers who are dealing with politics inside and outside their organization. Participants will walk away with activities they can engage in to grow their political foundation, and specific actions they can use to help achieve positive outcomes when dealing with political situations.


Get a Taste of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program

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


Join program graduates and ICMA scholarship recipients to discuss lessons in leadership that can be used in both your personal and professional life. Are you thinking about “How do I unplug from the office for 3 weeks to commit to this program?” Come find out! Facilitators will also discuss the scholarship opportunities provided through ICMA by the generosity of our strategic partners, eCivis and The Ferguson Group.


Get the Scoop! Executive Recruiters Q & A

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


Executive recruiters from around the country will share their experiences and provide insights into the job-search process. Learn how to prepare for, apply, and be successful in your local government job hunt.


Is Your Workforce Financially Literate

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


How are local governments working to improve employee financial literacy? How are jurisdictions tailoring financial literacy programs to different cohorts? Discuss the topics to cover, the best ways to deliver content, and how to know if you’re making an impact.


Local and Global: How Globalization Impacts Local Governments

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


Local government professionals must recognize that globalization is impacting their communities and will continue to do so. Come and join your colleagues to discuss how your local government and others are dealing with global problems related to environment, public safety, public health, immigration, housing, and local economy.


What It Takes to Serve on the ICMA Executive Board. You Can Do It!

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


A great way to contribute to the profession is by serving on the ICMA Board. Join current board members to learn more about the formal and informal candidate criteria; how best to position yourself for a successful run; and the requirements of serving.


Changing the Way We Approach Transportation

Wednesday, September 26 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Transportation is changing rapidly from ride-sharing models to autonomous vehicles. This interactive discussion will look at transportation innovations for communities of all sizes and what local government leaders need to know to prepare for the future.


Military to Civilian Career Transition

Wednesday, September 26 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


If you plan to transition from the military to the local government profession you’ll find that there are plenty of options to utilize your skills. Join this roundtable for tips on moving from the military into a local government job; how to handle interview questions; resume building; professional development opportunities; skills transitioning and more!


Non-Traditional Staffing

Wednesday, September 26 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


As low unemployment leads to recruiting challenges, local governments are considering creative approaches to retain the talent they need. Are flexible workplace policies right for you? What about gig-economy staffing, re-employed retirees, or staff you share with another jurisdiction?


Puerto Rico Recovery – the role for professional local government management

Wednesday, September 26 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Participate in a discussion on the results of the governance and service delivery survey ICMA conducted with partners IBTS and the University of Puerto Rico of the Commonwealth’s 74 municipalities. Provide your recommendations for creating more professional local government management in Puerto Rico while helping them build back in a more resilient way.


Recycling: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Governments in Response to the China Ban

Wednesday, September 26 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


In 2017, more than 31% of the scrap commodities collected through recycling programs was sent to China for remanufacturing and other uses. Much of that total export was collected through recycling efforts run by local governments and solid waste management districts. In 2018, the national government of China imposed a ban on certain recycled plastic and paper, which is affecting recycling programs throughout North America, Europe, and elsewhere. Join this very active discussion to learn about possible solutions to this potential challenge to your local recycling program.



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.