September 18, 2009
As most of you know, ICMA ventured into the world of virtual conferences this year by live-streaming selected onsite conference content from Monday and Tuesday to a virtual audience. The best part about this new offering? The content is being archived and will be available to both virtual and onsite attendees in a few short days! When released, you will have access to two keynote addresses for a week, 20 educational sessions for 30 days, and all of the solutions tracks for a year.
We expect the content to be available early next week. Here’s how it will work for the following groups of members:
- Virtual attendees will use their username and password to access the e-conference gateway page, where the content is hosted.
- Onsite registrants will receive login and Web site information from Granicus (ICMA’s partner in this endeavor) via email as soon as the materials are ready. Non-attendee Managers in Transition will receive complimentary access at this same time.
Please note: you can only receive this information if you have an email address on file with ICMA. Visit http://icma.org/update and make sure your record is current.
Thanks for your patience in understanding the slight delay in providing access to the archived content—we promise it will be available shortly! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 15, 2009
Yesterday was a great day in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees were able to meet their private sector colleagues and brainstorm around the top issues in local government today.
One of my favorite things yesterday was the driver safety technology at the Runzhiemer International booth 504. Here’s a sample http://60secondbraingame.com/, check out their booth to try more of these fun and instructional brain games.
The 2009 Educational Exhibit Hall will close at 2:00pm today. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out valuable private sector solutions to your local government challenges.
There are still 7 Solutions Track sessions taking place in the three theaters in the exhibit hall between 9:45 and 2pm today. See the schedule in your program, on the website or on signage in the hall and around the Palais.
What was your favorite thing in the hall this year?
September 14, 2009
Times are tough, budgets are tight, but the show must go on. Your constituents still want the services they have come to expect. So if you have been racking your brain for solutions to your local government challenges look no further. Along with a variety of topics addressed in the Educational Program conference attendees can find answers in the 2009 Solutions Track. 22 sessions will run in three Theaters in the Exhibit Hall Monday from 9:45am-5:15pm and Tuesday 9:45am-2:00pm.
A full list of the Solutions Track sessions can be found in your final program, some of the subjects covered in the solutions track include: Community Branding, Tackling Economic Challenges, Performance Measurement, Public Safety, Service Delivery, Sustainable Communities, Technology, and Workforce Issues.
Thank you to all our speakers and sponsors for contributing to this year’s program.
September 13, 2009
Monday’s keynote speaker David Suzuki will be holding a book signing on Monday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in the ICMA Pavilion bookstore in the exhibit hall. His new book, The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet, covers suburban sprawl, sustainable transportation, food shortages, biodiversity, technology, and public policy. Be sure to come early, as limited copies of his book will be available for sale.
September 13, 2009
The 2009 ICMA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall is alive with activity this morning as exhibitors from all over the world prepare their booths for the opening reception. The ICMA Pavillion and Bookstore have a new inviting layout and lots of new ICMA resources and publications. This year’s 94 exhibitors include 9 international companies and 22 ICMA Strategic Partners. Check out the floorplan to map out your visit.
There are lots of opportunities to visit the hall over the next three days, but don’t miss the opening tonight after the general session: Welcoming Reception: The Flavors of Old and New Montréal-5 to 7 pm in Exhibit Hall 220CDE.
For more opportunities to learn about public-private partnership successes visit the Solutions Track sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
September 11, 2009
We made it!!!! Staff has been trickling into town all week, but the bulk of us just arrived today (many of us on the same flight from DCA!). We kick things off with an orientation and staff dinner tonight, and then get ready for the whirlwind of activity that starts tomorrow morning with Day 2 of the ICMA Executive Board meeting, ICMA University workshops, building the ICMA Pavilion in the exhibit hall, the state officers’ roundtable, and lots of other meetings and activities!
See you all soon!