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Call for Ideas
5 December 2011

ICMA is pleased to announce a Call for Ideas for educational sessions to be offered at ICMA's 2012 Annual Conference, October 7-10, in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona. Session ideas are invited within the eight theme and career tracks developed by the 2012 Conference Planning Committee.

This is your opportunity to contribute to the sharing of innovative ideas and practical strategies in local government management and leadership by responding to ICMA's Annual Conference Call for Ideas. Submissions are due by Friday, January 20, 2012.

Please participate and share your ideas for educational sessions in one or more of the conference themes and career tracks by clicking on:
(Please read the important notice at the bottom of this page.)

Proposals are being accepted for the following areas:

Session ideas should be educational, non-commercial, and provide value to a wide-ranging group of attendees. You may only select one theme track or career track.

Business as Unusual: Shared and Regional Service Delivery Approaches and Alternative Business Models

"Business as usual" does not exist anymore, and as a result, local governments across the world are looking at new ways of doing business. The education sessions in this track will help managers think through their approach to service delivery in these changing times.

Creating Communities via Cyberspace

This track consists of sessions that will show the value and possibility of creating a sense of community via the Internet or mobile devices. Whether a community is using social media, their own website, or another vehicle, the opportunity exists to productively engage citizens.

Managing Employee Benefits

Managing benefits in this ever evolving work environment can be a challenge. Compensation, healthcare, flexible schedules-what are the best practices? This track will address these issues and more.

Finding Pathways from Polarization to Civility

As a difficult economy drives difficult choices about services, taxes, and much more, managers are seeing an alarming increase in polarized dynamics in council meetings and with the public. Contentious voices and uncivil discourse have become commonplace. Now more than ever managers must be able to lead through discord, to facilitate difficult conversations, to find a way to consensus while allowing the expression of diverse voices. In this track, sessions will focus on creating positive civic engagement, helping all community members understand and build a vision for the community, and steering councils to focus on the community's vision, not just on short-term ends. At a time when loud disagreements seem to threaten thoughtful dialog, this track is designed to help managers lead with confidence, embracing diversity and consensus building at the same time.

Get (and Keep) a Life!: Dealing with Personal and family stresses

Dealing with Personal and Family Stresses of Local Government Management Being on-call 24-hours a day, working with elected officials, residents, and employees all create stresses that are unique to the local government management profession. This track is designed to help managers deal with the stresses of the job and create boundaries between the office and home.

Career Tracks

  • Small Community Managers
  • Senior Managers / ICMA Credentialed Managers
  • Assistants

You can submit separate proposals for each session that you would like to be considered. You will receive a confirmation email when your proposal has been received. You can also comment and vote on proposals submitted by your colleagues. Selection and scheduling of sessions will be determined in February 2012. All submittals will be reviewed and ICMA will notify you by email whether or not your proposal is selected. Note that a session submittal does not guarantee selection. Please direct any questions to

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Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007   •   Phone: (602) 258-5786   •   Fax: (602) 253-3874   •