The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) kicks off its 97th Annual Conference tonight, and CH2M HILL is spending the next few days with clients, colleagues and friends from local government.
This is the 16th time I’ve had the opportunity to represent CH2M HILL at this conference (wow!), and it’s also my second year serving on the conference planning committee representing ICMA’s strategic partners. The ICMA staff, the planning committee and the local host committee have worked really hard to make this a great learning and networking event for city and county managers from North America and around the world.
CH2M HILL is right at the front of the exhibit hall in Booth 407. Attendees can register for a donation to a food bank of their choice – a prize that’s very popular at the various municipal conferences we attend throughout the year because it gives the winner something to take back to their community. Since we’re recognized for our leadership in developing sustainable solutions for public-sector clients, we’re using our green booth. In this booth, everything’s made out of lightweight, recycled and/or recyclable materials.
We’re recently announced the formation of a relationship with the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration, and we’re going to have several opportunities to spend time with our new partners. A key goal of our relationship with KU is to help educate current and emerging local government leaders in new strategies for the delivery of services, emphasizing public-private partnership. During ICMA, we’ll be joining our friends from the Alliance for Innovation in announcing a free pre-conference on public-private collaboration to be held in conjunction with the Transforming Local Government conference April 17-20 in Kansas City.
ICMA conference attendees can get a preview during a Solutions Track session KU’s Marilu Goodyear and I will be leading at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the exhibit hall. Partnerships 2.0: Leveraging the Private Sector to Create More Sustainable Communities will showcase some of the latest research and real world examples of collaboration, including keys to selecting the right partner. (Hint: This would be a great time to schedule your trip to the exhibit hall!)
I’m actually most looking forward to meeting with KU students during their MPA Professional Development seminar Monday morning, where we’re going to discuss social media as a communications, citizen engagement and customer relations tool for local government. Several of my colleagues and I also will be attending the KUCIMAT Banquet Monday night, and Operations & Maintenance Business Group President Elisa M. Speranza will have the opportunity to offer some brief remarks to 130 or so KU staff, students and alumni. Read more about our partnership with KU.
For additional information about CH2M HILL’s involvement at ICMA this year, visit our ICMA conference page and follow us on Twitter at @ch2mhill. Keep up with all of the conference activities on Twitter using @icma2011 and #icma11. I'll be tweeting as @WaterMizz.
This post originally appeared on CH2M HILL's Access Water blog.