2020 ICMA Southeast Regional Conference

Mar 04, 2020 - Mar 06, 2020
08:00 am - 06:00 pm ET



Join us for a 2.5-day conference filled with strategies, tools, connections, and all the things you need to drive your community better, faster, and further in 2020.


We're bringing the Southeast Regional Conference to Durham, North Carolina, March 4-6. The core focus of the conference is to help local leaders and their communities tackle gnarly issues - to inform and educate around key topics surrounding local government. You'll unlock presentations that deliver actionable tactics to solve your greatest challenges. You'll meet local government leaders from your region who are redefining how to manage the ever changing community challenges. And you'll gain the skills you need to keep ahead of the curve and continue your leadership and professional development in 2020.

Come join ICMA in Durham and share your gridlocks and success stories, equip yourself with new ideas from other community leaders, and refuel for the road ahead.

Note to Southeast Regional Conference Attendees: Please know that ICMA’s first priority is the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved with the 2020 ICMA Southeast Regional Conference in Durham, NC, March 4-6, 2020.  While the risk of contracting the coronavirus in the U.S. is low, we are monitoring the situation closely and will follow the advice of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Should the situation change, we will issue periodic updates as necessary.


Conference Venue:
Durham Convention Center

301 W Morgan St., Durham, North Carolina

The 2020 ICMA Southeast Regional Conference will take place at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Conference Hotel #1:
Durham Marriott City Center

201 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina

Discounted rates for Southeast Regional Conference attendees at the Durham Marriott City Center are no longer available, you can still book a room at the standard rate. The hotel is attached to the Durham Convention Center. Click HERE to book your room online.

Conference Hotel #2:

The Durham Hotel

315 E Chapel Hill Street, Durham, North Carolina

Discounted rates for Southeast Regional Conference attendees at the The Durham Hotel are no longer available. However, you can still book a room online at the standard rate. Click HERE to book your room online.


8:00am-5:00pm | Registration Open

10:00am-11:30am | Historic Downtown Durham Walking Tour (There is an extra fee associated with this event: $20)

10:00am-12:00pm | Mobile Workshop – Tobacco to Tech Transformation: Growing a New Downtown Economy (There is an extra fee associated with this event: $25)

2:00pm-3:00pm | Breakout Sessions

2:00pm-4:30pm | ICMA University Workshop

3:00pm-3:30pm | Break

3:30pm-4:30pm | Breakout Sessions

4:45pm–5:45pm | Session: You Don’t know What You’re Missing: Making the Most of your ICMA Benefits

5:45pm-6:45pm | Welcome Reception

9:00pm-10:00pm | After Hours Reception

6:30am-7:30am | Yoga

6:30am-7:15am | Running Group (Self-Led)

8:00am-5:00pm | Registration Open

7:30am- 8:45am | Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am | Keynote/General Session

10:15am- 11:15am | Breakout Sessions

11:15am-11:30am | Break

11:30am-12:30pm | Breakout Sessions

12:30pm- 1:30pm | Lunch

1:45pm- 2:45pm | Breakout Sessions

2:45pm-3:00pm | Break

3:00pm-4:00pm | Breakout Sessions

6:00pm- 9:00pm | Networking/Social Event – West End Wine and Billiards Bar

6:30am- 7:30am | Yoga

6:30am- 7:30am | Running Group (Self-Led)

7:00am- 11:30am | Registration Open

7:30am- 8:45am | Breakfast

7:30am- 8:45am | State Leadership Breakfast (Invitation Only)

9:00am-10:00am | Breakout Sessions

9:00am- 12:00pm | Regional Nominating Committee (Invitation Only)

10:15am- 11:15am | Breakout Sessions

View the Full Session List


Surviving the Rise of Ransomware in Local Governments

Ransomware and hacking have been a thorn in the side of public and private entities for some time, but in recent years, the frequency of these attacks on local governments has increased, ensnaring jurisdictions from coast to coast. During this discussion, Dr. Tim Rahschulte of the Professional Development Academy and Dr. Mike Lewis, Executive Vice President of Information & Technology/CIO, Trillium Health Resources, will facilitate an interactive discussion about cybersecurity and how cities and counties can shield their systems from this growing risk.

Key takeaways from this interactive session: (1) Determine your readiness for a ransomware attack, (2) Understand the compounding factors magnifying the risk of ransomware, (3) The first steps in the process of protecting and defending against ransomware.


  • Dr. Tim Rahschulte, CEO, Professional Development Academy
  • Dr. Mike Lewis, Executive Vice President of Informatics & Technology/CIO at Trillium Health Resources, a Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO)


What Your Registration Includes: Inspirational breakout sessions, breakfast/lunch, our evening social events, and an ICMA University Workshop. Please note that there are additional fees for the Historic Downtown Durham Walking Tour and mobile workshop.

Team Rates: Want to send several people from your team to the Southeast Regional Conference? Register yourself today and you will receive a discount of 30% off per registration for one or more of your colleagues. Discount code will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Questions about registration? Please email Matthew Watson, ICMA Events Registration Manager, at mwatson@icma.org.

Registration Type Registration Fee
Member: Students/Interns/Local Government Management Fellow/Academics/Member-in-Transition Free
ICMA Retired Member/Life Member $150
ICMA Affiliate Member
(Entry-Level to Department Head/Director Members)
Early & Mid-Career Nonmember
(Entry-Level to Department Head/Director)
ICMA Member
(Full Membership; Full Not in Service Membership)
(Chief Administrator; Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator; Private Sector)
Partner/Guest $75
Team Rates
(receive a discount of 30% off per registration for one or more of your colleagues after you register)
30% off
Historic Downtown Durham Walking Tour
(Wednesday, March 4 from 10:00am-11:30am)
Mobile Workshop: Tobacco to Tech Transformation: Growing a New Downtown Economy
(Wednesday, March 4 from 10:00am-12:00pm)
One-Day Registration
(Available only on Wednesday or Thursday; during your registration process please select “Day Pass” from the dropdown menu labeled Registrant Type)

Member: $175

Nonmember: $350

If you are not a member of ICMA, make the commitment to your profession and your career. Join ICMA today and save on the ICMA Regional Conference registration rate plus other membership benefits throughout the year.

NACA Scholarship Opportunity: With the generous support of ICMA-RC, NACA is offering one scholarship for the Southeast Regional Conference. Submit your application by February 7. The scholarship of up to $1,500 will cover registration and travel expenses* for NACA members attending an ICMA Regional Conference for the first time. 

Student Chapter Regional Conference Travel Scholarship: For your chance to receive a travel scholarship (travel and lodging), visit the ICMA Student Chapter Facebook Page and create a new post with the following information: (1) Your college/university, and the Regional Conference event you plan to attend; (2) a short statement on your interest in public service and local government; (3) a short statement and what you plan to get out of attending the Regional Conference. Note: Scholarship recipients will be required to commit to attending the Regional Conference of their choice and upon completion of the event, must submit a short essay with photos highlighting their experience at the Regional Conference. 


If you are looking to become more active with ICMA but don't know where to start, it's with becoming an ICMA Regional Conference Sponsor. This introductory sponsorship level provides exposure for your brand, while also allowing you to customize your partnership to best align with your company's goals and objectives.

For more information on 2020 ICMA Regional Conference Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeremy Figoten at jfigoten@icma.org or 202-962-3646.


Thank you to ICMA-RC, the 2020 ICMA Regional Conferences Title Sponsor. With your support we are connecting ICMA members to resources, content, and information that can be invaluable in helping them manage in their communities.


Event Details


  • Mar 04, 2020 - Mar 06, 2020
  • 08:00 am 06:00 pm ET
  • Registration Deadline: 03/06/2020


  • 301 West Morgan Street; Durham, NC


  • Member Price:$325.00
  • Non-Member:$650.00


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