A Great Start to 2020: ICMA Partners with ELGL at Regional Conferences

Partnership leverages strengths of both organizations to benefit the local government profession

Feb 21, 2020 | ARTICLE

ICMA and Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) have announced a partnership in which the two organizations will collaborate on education sessions at each of the 2020 ICMA Regional Conferences to benefit local government management professionals of all career stages and job functions. This partnership leverages strengths of both organizations to benefit the local government profession and will focus on helping attendees drive their communities better, faster, and further in 2020.

“Providing strategies, tools, and connections for all local government management professionals to manage their community's issues quickly and successfully is a focus for ICMA events,” said Jeremy Figoten, ICMA's director of conferences and sponsorships. “The partnership with ELGL will allow members from both organizations to take advantage of educational and networking opportunities, while reaching a more diverse group of local government management professionals.”

“ELGL is thrilled that members of our organization will be sharing best practices with ICMA members at their regional conferences,” said Kirsten Wyatt, the executive director and co-founder of ELGL. “This collaboration allows for us to continue our mission – focusing on all levels of local government (from analysts to mayors, librarians to planners, and everyone in between) and engaging the brightest minds in local government by providing timely and relevant content. This partnership exemplifies those efforts.”

The upcoming regional conference sessions will provide attendees with actionable tactics to solve their greatest challenges, and will include the following ELGL-partnered sessions and members:

Southeast Regional Conference | March 4-6 | Durham, North Carolina

Session: Performance Management in Local Government


  • David Ammons, professor, School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Natalie Hawkins, assistant village manager, Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Bertha Johnson, director of budget & management services, Durham, North Carolina

West Coast Regional Conference | March 18-20 | Vancouver, Washington

Session: Human Centered Design: More than Buzzwords


  • Alicia Giudice, senior planner, San Rafael, California
  • Judi Brown, co-founder and chief impact officer, CivicMakers

Mountain Plains Regional Conference | March 25-27 | Irving, Texas

Session: Local Government Communications in the 21st Century


  • Jennifer Rainey, public information officer, Denton County, Texas
  • Ryan Adams, deputy director of public affairs/IGR, Denton, Texas

Northeast Regional Conference | April 1-3 | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Session: Not the Way We've Always Done It: New Approaches to Mentoring


  • Brianna L. Sunryd, communications manager | community participation officer, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Jim Malloy, town manager, Lexington, Massachusetts

Midwest Regional Conference | April 22-24 | Grand Rapids, Michigan

Session: Work-Life Balance/Blend and Local Government Management


  • Christian Wuerth, village manager, Milford, Michigan
  • Amanda Opalewski, management services specialist, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Matthew Baumgarten, city manager, Berkley, Michigan

There’s still time to register for the 2020 ICMA Regional Conferences. Register today!


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