2018 Mountain Plains Regional Conference

April 11 - 13, 2018
01:30 pm - 11:00 am MT
Arvada CO



Note: Registration is full for this two-day learning experience in Arvada, CO.

If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Felicia Littky at flittky@icma.org.

The ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Conference invites local government professionals of all career stages to come together for a new year of educational breakout sessions, hands-on lessons, and networking opportunities that offer all attendees the leadership and professional development essentials needed to succeed. If you want leading ideas to help you, your organization, and your community to thrive in 2018, don’t miss it!

13 Reasons Why You Should Attend

Regional Conference Pricing

  • Members: $295
  • Member Emerging Professionals: $150
  • Nonmembers: $395
  • Nonmember Emerging Professionals: $295

The Venue - Hilton Garden Inn Arvada Denver

The Hilton Garden Inn Arvada Denver will host the Mountain Plains Regional Conference. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Workshop: Making What You Have to Say Meaningful and Memorable
  • 3:15-5:30 p.m.: Regional Nominating Committee/Candidate Interviews
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception
Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • 7:45-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Educational Session: Innovation: Creating Smart and Sustainable Communities of the Future
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
    • Concurrent Educational Session A: Coaching: Up, Down, and Across
    • Concurrent Educational Session B: Ethics Matter!
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch sponsored by Cigna
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Workshop: Leading Courageously in Challenging Times 
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Networking Reception Sponsored by ICMA-RC
  • Dinner on Your Own: Explore Arvada
Friday, April 13, 2018
  • 7:45-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00 a.m.: Workshop: Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
  • 11:00 a.m.: Adjourn

Sessions & Content


Making What You Have to Say Meaningful and Memorable

According to the Book of Lists, public speaking once ranked as the No. 1 fear for most people—outranking even death, which came in a No. 4.  

Time has changed as has what we fear the most, however public speaking is still high on the list and something that we can work on to improve and lessen our fear of speaking in public.

Basic skills of public speaking are practiced in this workshop. This includes understanding what your audience wants; answering their questions before they ask; using pitch, speed, and pauses to add interest to your presentation; and choosing words that work and gestures that make the point as well as presentation tips and techniques that allow you to focus on the audience and the message instead of your notes or nervousness.

Come ready to make your next presentation a memorable one. The workshop will be tailored to the work that you do and to situations specific to the class participants. It is highly interactive. Onsite coaching to identify what is working well and what could be done better will be an important part of this workshop.

You will be coached to stronger public speaking by Felicia Logan, ICMA Director of Leadership Development, an executive coach with an MA in Communication from the University of Virginia. She is also a recent graduate of advanced presentation skills and messaging from Own the Room.

Practice Group 14: Communication and Information Sharing

Leading Courageously in Challenging Times

In the practice of local government management we often turn to policy or regulatory guidelines in decision making. This workshop will explore how localities may benefit from stepping out of traditional decision making modes to consider innovative ways to solve problems and address issues. This highly participative workshop will provide examples of leadership in theory and in practice. Thought leaders will introduce challenging management/leadership situations, participants will have the opportunity to raise issues that they are currently faced with that challenge the way managers are taught to think about management and leadership.

Session Leader: Felicia Logan and key thought leaders

Practices 6 and 8: Strategic Leadership and Policy Facilitation and Implementation

Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times

Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson. What do such disparate figures have in common? Why do their extraordinary stories continue to amaze and inspire? In delivering the answers to those questions, we discover a remarkable template by which to judge those in our own time to whom the public has given its trust and explore application to the role of public servant and local government professionals in turbulent times. Practice Group 6: Strategic Leadership

Educational Sessions:
Innovation - Creating Smart and Sustainable Communities of the Future

Jurisdictions of all shapes and sizes are looking for ways to leverage technology and innovation to create more resilient communities. Hear from Regional Vice President Heather Geyer and other members in the region, as they discuss successful and promising approaches for creating healthy, livable, and prosperous communities of the future. Practices 6 and 8: Strategic Leadership, Policy Facilitation and Implementation

Coaching: Up, Down, and Across

Join your colleagues for fast paced focused conversations that address what’s on your mind. After a brief coaching tutorial by Felicia Logan, Executive Coach, we will do three rounds of coaching and there will be three coaching topics to choose from: (1) Coaching Up - Up your social media game with coaching from a technology native; (2) Coaching you to the next step - talk to a senior manager who can help you think through your career options; (3) Coaching from someone who’s been there - Got a work situation that is puzzling you? Book coaching time with someone who’s been there to be your thinking partner and create new options to help get you unstuck.

Join ICMA’s Director of Leadership Development, and Master Coach, Felicia Logan, to explore personal and professional challenges. The takeaway from this session include skills to help you be a better coach and thinking partner to improve your effectiveness in your organization and in life. Practice 5: Personal Resiliency and Development 

Ethics Matter!

As the renowned basketball coach John Wooden put it “The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” Luck may triumph in the moment, but for the long haul, setting the right tone is the key to success. And the tone for any team or organization is set by you.   

Join ICMA’s Director of Ethics, Martha Perego, to explore ethical challenges and how the ICMA Code of Ethics can guide the way to ethical conduct.  The takeaway from this session? Practical strategies for keeping your integrity intact. Practice 1: Personal and Professional Integrity

ICMA Regional Conference Twitter Contest

The ICMA Regional Conerence is a place to connect with other local government leaders. While every minute at an ICMA Regional Conference is an opportunity for you to network, the new ICMA Regional Conference Twitter Contest is tailored for you to socialize and introduce you to new contacts. 

What it is: Prior to the Regional Conference, ICMA staff will select several registrants as an ICMA Ambassador of the Conference. These individuals are passionate about local government as well as ICMA programs and services, and will wear a designated badge throughout the two-day event so attendees know who they can initially connect with. 

Upon arrival of the Regional Conference, all attendees will receive a welcome packet that includes a yearbook-style page of photos of the ICMA Ambassadors who are at the event – this yearbook will highlight areas of expertise that other’s might want to learn more about. 

How to win: To enter the contest, attendees must network with the assigned Ambassadors. For proof, take a photo of yourself with an ICMA Ambassador and post it to Twitter using the dedicated hashtag #ICMARegional. The attendee who networked with the most Ambassadors will receive free registration to the 2019 ICMA Regional Conference. The Ambassador who has the most photos tweeted will also be rewarded with a prize.

More information about the contest will be provided at the ICMA Regional Conference. If you are interested in becoming an ICMA Ambassador for this event, please email sferrigno@icma.org

Thank you to our sponsor Cigna for hosting the Thursday afternoon lunch.

Event Details


  • April 11 - 13, 2018
  • 01:30 pm 11:00 am MT
  • Registration Deadline: 04/04/2018


  • 5455 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
  • Arvada CO


  • Member Price:$295.00
  • Non-Member:$395.00


  • Email:flittky@icma.org

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