More than 200 local government professionals registered to attend the 2019 ICMA Southeast Regional Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. In a pre-conference survey, powered by PublicInput.com, results showed that 52 percent of attendees were attending because of the innovation content being offered. The event's new format offered 10+ sessions on the topic of innovation and offered numerous networking opportunities for local government professionals to reconnect and create new working relationships. Here are highlights from the two-and-a-half day event:
Peggy Merriss, retired city manager of Decatur, Georgia and Former ICMA President opened the Southeast Regional Conference with 'Connection before Content,' a highly interactive session where participants began their connection capacity and enhanced their regional conference experience.
On Thursday morning, Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette of South Carolina made a surprise visit to speak with attendees about the importance of success in our communities.
We kicked off the morning with #innovation showcases and SURPRISE: Lieutenant Governor @PamelaEvette of South Carolina has made an appearance - speaking about success in the #community. Let’s grow! Let’s be prosperous! #ICMAReady pic.twitter.com/VgjaPhb2K1— ICMA EVENTS (@ICMAevents) February 28, 2019
Xavier Hughes, ICMA's Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and keynote speaker discussed how local governments can establish effective command and control structures to manage the onslaught in a manner that works best for their constituents.
“Data. It can’t solve everyone’s problems but if you embrace it, you need to own up to the results that the #data tells you.” Keynote Speaker @Xavier_Hughes #ICMAReady #localgov pic.twitter.com/U8wMc8fGxr— ICMA EVENTS (@ICMAevents) February 28, 2019
Oh yeah, there were branded apples.
The Southeast Regional Conference is also where ICMA kicked off the discussion for expanding and diversifying ICMA Membership.
ICMA announced another surprise later in the afternoon, President Karen Pinkos presented Former ICMA President Peggy Merriss with an ICMA Life Member designation.
It’s just a day of surprises here in the SE Regional Conference: Peggy Merriss, ICMA’s first female president, has been designated an @ICMA Life Member! Congratulations, Peggy! #ICMAReady #ICMAProud pic.twitter.com/BGhqgiqPXl— ICMA EVENTS (@ICMAevents) February 28, 2019
ICMA Ethics Director, Martha Perego, held an ethics discussion on Tenets 5 and 6.
Can’t have a Regional Conference event without an #ethics discussion with Martha Perego, @ICMA Ethics Director. Attendees sit in on the #ICMA Code of Ethics Review Tenets 5 and 6. @localgovethics #ICMAReady pic.twitter.com/0IY2JXRBd2— ICMA EVENTS (@ICMAevents) February 28, 2019
Attendees closed out Thursday by connecting at a local brewery.
On Friday morning, ICMA and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) formed a roundtable to discuss thoughts about innovation and the sustainability of local fire and rescue services.
#ICMA and @CtrPubSafExc are developing a white paper on the future of local #fire and #rescue services. SE Region attendees provide their thoughts about #innovation & the #sustainability of this function of #localgov. #ICMAReady pic.twitter.com/yH3oDP4QCV— ICMA EVENTS (@ICMAevents) March 1, 2019
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