West Coast Regional Conference

March 20 - 22, 2019
01:30 pm - 11:00 am PT
Reno NV


Registration open.


Join us March 20-22 in Reno, Nevada at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel.

The 2019 West Coast Regional Conference brings together local government leaders with a passion for becoming the next great smart community. At this year's event, you and your team members will build a playbook full of innovative ideas, and you will develop clear goals that guide how to approach, employ, and regulate the use of new technology as it becomes available in 2019 and beyond.

Apply today for the Cal-ICMA 2019 West Coast Regional Conference Scholarship. Includes complimentary conference registration as well as a travel stipend to cover lodging and transportation expenses related to attendance. Applications are due Tuesday, January 29.  >> Learn More


  • The connection and content skills you need to reshape and create new innovations in your organization and community.
  • Effective command and control structures to manage the impacts of technological forces. 
  • The most important factors in succeeding in the quest to become the next great smart community.
  • How to measure the effectiveness and impact of different initiatives and policies.
  • How the “best ideas” are generated.


Communities around the world are challenged to keep up and more importantly keep ahead of the dramatic changes and opportunities technology presents. As chief technology and innovation officer of ICMA, and former chief innovation officer at the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration, Xavier will discuss key elements of the local leader's innovation playbook as well as demonstrate ways innovation is as much a playbook as it is a platform to propel success and prosperity across people, process, policy data, and technology ventures.

"True innovation is not just changing something with the blind hope that it improves. Any and all responsible innovation must be planned, measured, evaluated, and continuously improved. I call it "responsible prototyping." It’s not a one-time shot, it’s a lifelong commitment."


Peggy Merriss, retired city manager, Decatur, Georgia

Ron Carlee, DPA, Professor, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia


Register now, there are only 210 spaces available for the West Coast Regional Conference.


Additional team members receive a discount of $100 off their registration. Register yourself today, share the discount code included with your registration confirmation with colleagues, and get them excited about the latest technologies and innovations in the local government profession.

Planning to bring your partner to the West Coast Regional Conference? Please contact Matt Watson (mwatson@icma.org) to submit the information for their badge. Please note that while partners do not need to register for the West Coast Regional Conference, they will need a ticket for any field demonstrations, and will be charged a fee of $60 after the close of the event if they attend any of the receptions during the Conference.

Note: Cancellations for the 2019 West Coast Regional Conference will be accepted through Wednesday, 3/6/2019 and will be charged a processing fee of $35.  Cancellation requests received after 3/6/2019 will not be processed.  Please submit all cancellation requests in writing to Matt Watson at mwatson@icma.org.



Wednesday, March 20  

12 p.m.-5 p.m. | Registration

1:30-3:30 p.m. | Reno Field Demonstration: Big Arts Little City! 

3:15-5:30 p.m. | Nominating Committee Interviews

3:45-4:45 p.m. | Connection Before Content

5:30-6:30 p.m. | Reception

Thursday, March 21

7:30-8:30 a.m. | Innovation Showcase/Breakfast

8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Registration

8:45-9:45 a.m. | Keynote: The Innovation Playbook for Local Government

10-11 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout I: From Analog to Digital – How to Emerge Victorious in the Smart City Rush
  • Breakout II: West Coast Roundtable
  • Breakout III: Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data AI to Hear the Silent Majority - Presented by ZenCity

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Envision ICMA – Expand and Diversify ICMA Membership

12:30-1:45 p.m. | Innovation Showcase/Lunch

2-3 p.m. | Breakout Sessions               

  • Breakout I: From Analog to Digital – How to Emerge Victorious in the Smart City Rush
  • Breakout II: West Coast Roundtable
  • Breakout III: Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data AI to Hear the Silent Majority - Presented by ZenCity

3:15-4:45 p.m. | ICMA University Workshop: Five Key Questions to Answer before You Create an Innovation Incubator in Your Organization

4:45-5:45 p.m. | Ethics Conversation on Tenets 5 and 6

6-9 p.m. | Reception-Bundox Bocce Bar - Sponsored by Hagerty Consulting

Friday , March 22

8-9 a.m. | Innovation Showcase/Breakfast

9-10 a.m. | Innovation in the Fire and Rescue Services

9-11 a.m. | ICMA University Workshop: Implicit Bias: A Barrier to Creativity, Innovation, & Inclusion


Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel | One South Lake Street | Reno, Nevada 89501

Room rate: $169 | Reservation cut-off date: March 6 (group rate will not be honored after March 6)

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Photo courtesy of Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel


With a population of over 235,000, Reno is the largest city in Northern Nevada. It is located in the southern part of Washoe County, nestled on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in an area called the Truckee Meadows. Reno and the surrounding area provide unlimited indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Spectacular Lake Tahoe and the largest concentration of ski facilities in the world are all within a fifty-mile radius. Biking, camping, hunting, fishing, and mountain climbing are all activities Reno residents and visitors enjoy.  Click the resources below to explore the city:

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Event Details


  • March 20 - 22, 2019
  • 01:30 pm 11:00 am PT
  • Registration Deadline: 03/06/2019


  • One South Lake Street Reno, Nevada 89501
  • Reno NV


  • Member Price:$329.00
  • Non-Member:$429.00

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