2017 ICMA Southeast Regional Summit

April 27-28, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Gatlinburg Convention Center
234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$295 ICMA members/ $395 Non-ICMA members


2017 Southeast Regional Summit Event Details


Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28, 2017


Gatlinburg Convention Center | Courtyard Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown


The Southeast Regional Summit is hosted each year in a southeast city within one of the 11 southeast states  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia. This year we are excited to be visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The ICMA Regional Summits offer an opportunity to network with colleagues and to take advantage of a professional development opportunity in the form of an ICMA University workshop, discuss ICMA issues and programs, and provide feedback to the ICMA Executive Board and staff. 

Read: 15 Reasons Why Local Government Professionals Recommend the ICMA Regional Summits 

Workshops and Special Sessions

EQuity & inclusivity in the workplace and our communities

More than ever, local government professionals are called upon to integrate public service with equitable response to a rapidly diversifying community. Local governments are charged with meeting the needs of the whole community and must weigh priorities and deliver services to all residents. Equity and inclusivity go beyond race and gender. Factors that contribute to a diverse community profile include variations in age, economic status, educational attainment, immigration levels, and community size. This moderated panel discussion will feature examples from local governments that are successfully addressing inclusiveness and diversity in their organizations and their communities. This dynamic panel discussion, moderated by ICMA President Lee Feldman, will feature examples from local governments that are successfully addressing inclusiveness and diversity in their organizations and ensuring equitable service delivery in their communities.

Session begins at 10:00 a.m. Lunch, sponsored by Cigna, is included.

Speakers for this session moderated by ICMA President Lee Feldman include:
  • Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager, City of Austin, Texas
  • Daro Mott, Chief of Performance Improvement, City of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Margaret Norris, Municipal Management Consultant, Municipal Technical Advisory Service, Knoxville, Tennessee

icma university workshop-Leadership Strategies to move communities from disruption to connection and renewal

This ICMA University Workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. Join your colleagues for a master class that will increase your skills in leading through times of community disruption. There are many kinds of events or actions that may be termed community disruptions. In recent months some of our communities have experienced natural disasters, others civic tragedies and still others the challenge of maintaining a reputation for serving equally and impartially all members of the governing body and local government they serve regardless of party. During this workshop we will focus on natural, civic and political disruption using case studies, conversation with content experts and action planning to prepare you to better lead through community disruption.

Speakers of this workshop include: 

  • Cindy Ogle, city manager of Gatlinburg, will address natural disaster oriented disruption and response; 
  • Jimmy Morales, city manager of Miami Beach, will share the Zika/disease (potential pandemic) outbreak response highlighting women and young couples concern over pregnancy and economic impact [response highlights governmental coordination and prevention and education of population(s)];
  • Ron Carlee, former city manager of Charlotte, Old Dominion University, Virginia Professor, on response to police shooting and racial civil disturbance.

Practice Groups:  2- Policy Facilitation and 13- Strategic Planning

Recommended Reading Preparation: ICMA Leading Ideas Series interview with Peter Block; The Next Big Thing - Alliance for Innovation; Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America by Nancy Rosenbloom

"The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up—ever—trusting our fellow citizens to join us in our determined pursuit of a living democracy?" -- Terry Tempest Williams

reception and dinner

Network and enjoy the company of other summit attendees at an ICMA-RC sponsored reception followed by dinner.  Reception and dinner are included in your registration don't want to skip this!


Following breakfast Friday morning, join in a lively discussion of Tenet 4: Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of the people. As we strive for equity and inclusion in services to the community, is the Tenet still relevant?

Other Professional Development Opportunities Held During the Southeast Regional Summit


The Emerging Professionals Leadership Institute precedes each regional summit. Managers are encouraged to invite early career professionals and emerging leaders to attend this leadership institute. 


Mid-Career Managers Institute

New to local government but not new to management? Join the 2017-2018 ICMA Mid-Career Managers Institute. Program participants will first meet at the Regional Summit and gather with other Summit attendees to gain a greater understanding and awareness of concepts and techniques relevant to local government management.

Venue Details

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown.  The Regional Summit sessions will be held across the street at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

ICMA Room Rate

$149.00 (plus taxes)/night

Hotel Reservations

Reservations: online or by phone 865-436-2008

Indicate that you are attending the ICMA Southeast Regional Summit. 


April 12 | Hotel Special Rate Deadline

April 13 | Cancellation Deadline with $35 fee: Notice of cancellation or substitution must be received in writing to  No refunds given for cancellations after this date.

April 13| Deadline to let us know if you have a special dietary need.  Please send special requests to Felicia Littky at April 19 | Online Registration Closes


Contact Felicia Littky at or call 202-962-3656.




This event is made possible through generous support from our partner, ICMA-RC.

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