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October 15, 2019
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A Look Ahead to the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference
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Q&A: What to expect at the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference
Q&A: What to expect at the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference
Victor Cardenas, Asst. City Manager, Novi, Mich.
Victor Cardenas, assistant city manager of Novi, Mich., attended his first ICMA conference in 2005. "I have taken something from each and every conference; from different initiatives occurring in the host community to the specific message from a respective keynote speaker," he says.

Fourteen years later, Cardenas finds himself chairing the conference committee and hoping to see attendees learn lots of new best practices while also having time to build connections. He hopes attendees will embrace the "friends in local places" tone while recharging their professional batteries. Read the full interview.
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Keynote Speakers
What to expect from the keynote speakers
Jake Wood, CEO and co-founder of Team Rubicon, will set the tone on Sunday. "Lessons in leadership are always ongoing," says Wood.

On Monday, business and technology visionary Leonard Brody will take the stage. As president of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anschutz Company, Brody oversees one of the world's biggest sport and entertainment businesses. He says we are "rewriting the planet from the ground up."

Tuesday, paralympic ski medalist and consultant Bonnie St. John will discuss how to get and maintain a competitive edge. "You have the strength to push back against what others are making you think or do," she says.

Closing out the conference on Wednesday will be cultural alchemist Gina Rudan. "Surround yourself with genius and enjoy the journey," she says.
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Civic Health and Community Cohesion
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The Civic Health and Community Cohesion track at the conference addresses how to engage the full range of community voices, including fostering healthy interaction, creatively engaging with citizens and helping articulate strategic visions.

This is what we've talked about in the past few months:
Pilot civic accelerator in Milwaukee to become permanent next year
Co:Lab, an accelerator that seeks to increase civic engagement and improve areas such as job growth by training young professionals in topics including design thinking, will move from pilot status to permanent next year. The 2020 cohort will work on solutions to challenges presented by nonprofits, business improvement districts and other organizations in the city.
BizTimes Milwaukee (10/7) 
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Canadian city launches "Talktober" sessions to hear from residents
Officials in Prince George, British Columbia, are hoping to hear questions and suggestions from the city's residents during their "Talktober" sessions, a series of meetings this month offering residents a chance to raise issues directly with city employees. City Manager Kathleen Soltis also used the first session to make a presentation about aging infrastructure in the region.
The Prince George Citizen (British Columbia) (10/1) 
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Equity and Inclusion
The Equity and Inclusion track at the conference will focus on discovering innovation and celebrating successes related to equity, inclusivity and social justice in the workplace and community.

This is what we've talked about in the past few months:
Iowa, Tenn. cities embrace inclusive crosswalks
Iowa, Tenn. cities embrace inclusive crosswalks
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Officials in Ames, Iowa, are refusing to acquiesce to the Federal Highway Administration's request that it repaint inclusion-themed crosswalks in the city, saying the agency lacks authority because the crosswalks are not on federal roads. Meanwhile, the public art oversight committee of the City Council in Memphis, Tenn., approved a rainbow crosswalk that commissioner Jerred Price says recognizes the LGBT community.
Forbes (9/29),  WATN-TV/WLMT-TV/WJKT-TV (Memphis, Tenn.) (10/2) 
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Minneapolis aims to address inequality with park upgrades
Upgrades to Peavey Field Park in Minneapolis should help make it safer while improving social equity, officials said at a ceremony. "When we make key investments like we've made in Peavey Park into other parks across Minneapolis, we're making investments into our youth," said Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (5/31) 
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Sustainability
The Sustainability track at the conference will cover concepts around environmental protection, economic and community development, infrastructure, partnerships, or technology that can aid in creating more livable, sustainable, and resilient communities. Local government managers will learn to influence the drive to create more sustainable and resilient communities.

This is what we've talked about in the past few months:
Cities commit to UN sustainable development goals
Cities commit to UN sustainable development goals
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Sixteen cities, including New York City, Helsinki and Buenos Aires will sign a pledge committing themselves to the United Nations' framework of sustainable development goals next week. New York City's International Affairs Commissioner Penny Abeywardena says cities are stepping up because "national governments are abdicating their responsibility on urgent issues."
Reuters (9/16) 
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Honolulu takes steps to reduce carbon emissions
The city of Honolulu has almost completed a project to replace the city's 53,000 streetlights with LED bulbs to reduce energy use and costs, says Chief Resilience Officer Joshua Stanbro. The city is also developing infrastructure built to withstand hurricanes, floods and wildfires, as well as encouraging residents to adopt sustainable lifestyles.
KHON-TV (Honolulu) (10/1) 
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Futurism and Innovation
Futurism and Innovation
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The Futurism and Innovation track at the conference will look ahead to the next five years for cities and counties. Find out how local governments are fostering innovation in their organizations and throughout their respective communities. Whether it's scooters, autonomous vehicles or cashless transactions, managers will learn about the latest developments. 

This is what we've talked about in the past few months:
 
Tenn. Smart Corridor facilitates vehicle, city tech testing
The MLK Smart Corridor, in Chattanooga, Tenn., is a 1.25-mile connected vehicle and smart city test bed. The city deploys, tests and validates technologies on it with the help of its eight signalized intersections, via a communications network, as well as data aggregation and analytics.
Government Technology online (9/23) 
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Cleveland making the move to smart streetlights
The city of Cleveland is working with an engineering firm on a plan to make a smart network out of the city's 61,000 streetlights. The 18-month, $35 million project is expected to sharply cut the city's electricity costs and will also provide a "generic backbone" for future smart city services.
TechRepublic (9/23) 
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Leadership
Leadership
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Leadership is integral to effective city and county management. The Leadership track will look at leadership lessons from communities, organizations and history while inspiring attendees to return home energized to lead. Participants will gain the expertise needed to navigate difficult situations and best serve their communities.

This is what we've talked about in the past few months:
 
Let go of the small stuff to be an effective leader
Focusing on good work rather than showing how smart you are starts with your mindset, and resisting the urge to immediately respond can also help, writes Scott Eblin. "That will give you an opportunity to regain emotional equilibrium and choose a response that is more about being effective than right," he writes.
Eblin Group (9/4) 
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The best leaders allow others to lead
Leaders who rush ahead of their team miss opportunities to coach and connect with them and instead should allow them to take the lead sometimes, writes Steve Keating. "It takes an Authentic Leader to let their people be out front but out front is where the real growth takes place," he writes.
LeadToday (8/29) 
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Celebrations and Transitions
Celebrations and Transitions
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Several times a week, the ICMA SmartBrief shares news about recognitions and transitions among city and county managers. The conference is an opportunity for managers experiencing such transitions to learn more about their new roles and leave equipped to make a difference.

This is what we've talked about in the past few months:
 
San Miguel County, Colo., welcomes new manager
Officials in San Miguel County, Colo., welcomed Mike Bordogna to the post of county manager as he took over from retiring manager Lynn Black, who served the county for more than two decades. Bordogna is "going to fit in really well with the county and the region as a whole," says Commissioner Kris Holstrom.
Telluride Daily Planet (Colo.) (9/30) 
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Texas city's manager elected as NAPA Fellow
Anthony Snipes, city manager of Missouri City, Texas, will be inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in November. "Our Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration, and Anthony is no exception," says Academy president and CEO Terry Gerton.
Covering Katy News (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (9/20) 
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Hansen memorializes Virginia Beach, Va., victims
Dave Hansen, city manager of Virginia Beach, Va., named each of the 11 city employees and the contractor killed during a mass shooting at a municipal building, briefly describing where they lived and what their work roles had been. "They leave a void that we will never be able to fill," said Hansen.
The Associated Press (6/1) 
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Dealing with Conference FOMO
If you want to participate from home
If you want to participate from home
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It would be great if everyone could attend the conference. But cities and counties still have to run, and sometimes budgets and other circumstances get in the way.

There is a virtual conference that allows participants to be a part of the action through live streaming. 

You can also play a part in keeping the conference's energy going by following on Twitter at @ICMAEvents with the hashtag #ICMA2019.
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Join us at the National Brownfields Training Conference
Join us for the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference, December 11-13, with preconference programming on December 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Featuring dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops, including many showcasing the City of Angels and the redevelopment in the surrounding region, the educational programming offered by the conference has something for both beginners and seasoned professionals. Register for the conference and book your hotel here.
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