In light of the COVID-19 health crisis and to prioritize the well-being and safety of our members, exhibitors, sponsors, and partners, ICMA launched its first-ever digital event that took place September 23-26. 

Now that September 23-26 has passed, ICMA is pushing forward on a follow-up event titled, UNITE: Continuing the Conversation. We will host a series of conversations on Friday, November 13, that will explore three different themes: (1) digital inclusion/bridging the digital divide; (2) resilient leadership; and (3) racial equity and social justice. Below is the agenda for the three-hour professional development opportunity for each of the theme tracks:

Topic: Digital Inclusion/Bridging the Digital Divide

1:30pm - 2:15pm Eastern Time (ET)
Twelve Towns and an Eagle: Lessons learned and comparisons of those implementing broadband in Colorado

1:30pm - 2:15pm ET
How Local and State Governments Are Working Together to Expand Broadband

2:30pm - 3:15pm ET
Digital Inclusion in Cuyahoga County: A Community Solution

2:30pm - 4:00pm ET
Individual Approaches to Broadband Expansion – How Three Communities Are Addressing Access

3:30pm - 4:15pm ET
Digital Inclusion and the Role of Local Government Pre-Mid COVID-19

4:30pm - 4:45pm ET
Announcement of the Bridging the Digital Divide Initiative Winning Community

Topic: Racial Equity and Social Justice

1:30pm - 2:15pm ET
Systemic Bias, Public Safety, and Equity: Challenges in Policing and City Government

1:30pm - 2:15pm ET
Officers and Social Workers-a Roundtable on Police Reform and Enhancements to Police Response

2:30pm - 3:15pm ET
Local Government Leadership in the Conversation on Race

3:30pm - 4:15pm ET
Ask an Equity Officer Roundtable

3:30pm - 4:15pm ET
County Managers Roundtable: Counties as Conveners in Times of Compounding Crises

Topic: Resilient Leadership

10:00am - 10:45am ET
On-Going Impacts of COVID-19 on Cities Around the World

1:30pm - 2:15pm ET
COVID -19: A Discussion About Federalism, Preemption, and Cooperation

2:30pm - 3:15pm ET
The Foundation for Public Trust: How Local Government Managers Can Use the Communication and Management Principles of Dr. Anthony Fauci as an Ethical Model of Leadership

3:30pm - 4:15pm ET
Follow Up to Leading in Crisis

Here's how it works:

If you have already registered for UNITE, you get to come back to the UNITE platform on Friday, November 13, using the credentials that were emailed for the September 23-26 event. No other registration is required and we will send you a follow up email with more details about the event and access soon.

If you are not registered for UNITEregister today and you will get access to the 200+ on-demand sessions showcased during September 23-26, plus continue the conversation with your local government peers on Friday, November 13, as we’ll be offering even more live sessions and Q&A's to learn from!

Our mission is to bring local government professionals together from around the globe to learn from each other and address the new realities of our communities. UNITE is going beyond just September 23-26. We are providing all local government professionals with a place where they can stand together as a profession.