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
(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
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.
- Small Community Managers
- Senior Managers / ICMA Credentialed Managers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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