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Conference Updates: Monday, September 26

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Monday Program Updates:

Leveraging Innovation for Economic and Workforce Development: Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer, Kansas City, Missouri; Daniel Knapik, Director, Green Communities Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and former mayor, Westfield, Massachusetts; and Charles Duggan, City Manager, Auburn, Alabama, will speak at Monday’s Special Session, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 2215ABC (conference program page 65).

The Development of Smart Cities in China: Gaoqi Shi, Vice-General Manager, Shaanxi Provincial Land Engineering Construction Group, Shaanxi, China, will speak at this Monday special session, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 2101. Session speakers will also include Yanguang Zhong, Chief Representative, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) office in Atlanta, and Lijun Luo, Executive Director, ICMA China Center, Beijing, China. David Grossman, Director, Global Program Management, ICMA, will moderate the session (conference program page 66).

What It Takes to Serve on the ICMA Executive Board. You Can Do It!: Meredith Robson,Village Manager, Ardsley, New York, and Carlos Baia, Deputy City Manager for Development, Concord, New Hampshire, will moderate the Monday session, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Meeting Room 2209 (conference program page 68).

What’s Up at the State House?: Alan Kemp, Executive Director, League of Iowa Cities, Des Moines Iowa, will be a panelist at Monday’s Special Session, 4–5 p.m., Meeting Room 3501F-H (conference program page 87).

Improving the Budget Process in the Era of Connected Government: Shari James, Finance Director, Long Beach, New York, will speak at this Tuesday session, 9:45–10:45 a.m., Theater B, Exhibit Hall E, Level 3 (conference program page 93).

The Missouri City Managers Reception will be held today, September 26, 5:30–7:30 p.m., at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Boulevard.

Give us your feedback as we develop the new website and when you do, enter to win a prize valued at $500. You can stop by the Member Pavilion while at the conference or use this link to try from your phone or laptop:

During the conference, attendees can watch ICMAtv on television screens located around the convention center, on social media, at the ICMA video library, and in these conference hotels: Kansas City Marriott Downtown (Channel 50), Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown (Channel 49), Hilton President Kansas City (Channel 66), Hotel Philips (Channel 77), Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center (Channel 94), and Westin Kansas City at Crown Center (Channel 94).

More specific details are included online at ICMAtv 2016. After the conference, you can access ICMAtv conference content by visiting either or

Q&A sessions: ICMA staff will be available to assist with questions in the ICMA Pavilion Member Service Center (Exhibit Hall) throughout the conference. Discuss your credentialing program questions with Jenese Jackson, Monday, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m. Discuss leadership development with Felicia Logan, Tuesday, 9:30–10:45 a.m., and discuss professional development questions with Amanda Relyea, Monday, 9:30–10:45 a.m.and 12:00–2:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Sign-up for ICMA’s new #WeThriveHere Challenge, a digital challenge that gives you the chance to compete against other local government professionals while improving your professional ability to thrive in the profession. Enter for a shot at being named 2017 #WeThriveHere champion, free registration to the 2017 ICMA Annual Conference, bragging rights, and more. Join today at

Social Media Assistance will be available on Monday in the ICMA Pavilion to assist with the ICMA conference app and also to help you create a social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for you and your community.

2016 ICMA Awards recipients will be recognized during Wednesday’s Celebration of Service. Information on the 2016 awards and a list of the 2016 recipients are available at and will be published in the October issue of Public Management (PM) magazine.

Give the 2016 Conference Evaluation Committee members your thoughts about the conference. Look for the 40 members who are wearing dark blue ribbons or check for their names at

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