Creating balance in the personal and professional.

The 2022 ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Conference will take place in Irving, Texas on March 9-11. This year, the regional conferences are focused on building your personal and professional resilience. They are also dedicated to enhancing your ability to bounce-back and thrive by offering new strategies, best practices, and creative solutions to some of the greatest challenges faced by your region.

Conference Location and Hotel Information

Dallas/ Ft. Worth Airport Marriott
8440 Freeport Parkway
Irving, TX

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport Marriott situated in Irving is only 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. With the Irving entertainment district less than 10 minutes away. A special rate of $185 has been reserved for attendees of the 2022 ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Conference.  Reservations may be made online by clicking the button below. Reservations may also be made by calling Marriott at 1 (800) 228-9290 and reference the 2022 ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Conference.

UPDATE! The Mountain Plains Regional Conference hotel reservation cut-off has been extended! Reservations must be made by Monday February 28, 2022. This date is not a guarantee of hotel room availability.  After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. 

Beware of unaffiliated organizations that may appear to offer lower rates or falsely represent ICMA.  They may be illegitimate, not have the rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable. Please be aware of and report any unauthorized solicitation to ICMA.

The hotel is located 4 minutes from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Uber/Lyft and taxi fares range from $3-$27 one way.  For those driving, the GPS address is 8440 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, TX, 75063.  The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the airport.

Valet parking is currently unavailable but self-parking is available at no charge.


12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Table-top exhibits open

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
After-Hours Reception

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Table-top exhibits open

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote Session

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Table-top exhibits open

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Feedback Meeting on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the ICMA Code of Ethics

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

7:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Table-top exhibits open

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
ICMA Leadership & Member Dialogue: What Do You Want and Need from ICMA

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Regional Nominating Committee Meeting (committee members only)

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions


Session Snapshot

Tackling Wicked Problems in Local Communities: Building Capacity for Deliberative Engagement- This workshop is focused on building local capacity to engage difficult issues more collaboratively and productively by reframing difficult issues and utilizing deliberative engagement processes. Deliberative engagement involves interactive, often facilitated, small-group discussions utilizing materials and processes designed to spark collaborative learning rather than merely the collection of individual opinions. We will examine the concept of “wicked problems” as a framework to better understand difficult issues and then review recent research on social psychology to help explain why traditional engagement processes are often counterproductive to supporting the high-quality communication required by democracy and wicked problems. The workshop will review the key components of deliberative engagement and introduce tools and techniques drawn from several dialogue and deliberation traditions.

Innovative Problem Solving- For more than a decade, Brian Elms and his team fashioned and created a highly effective innovation and process improvement trainings for government employees throughout the country. More than 10,000 public servants participated in these trainings and made meaningful changes to the way they work, saving millions of dollars through time-saving efficiencies they learned to design and implement themselves. His work is memorialized in the book Peak Performance. In this session, Brian will provide hands-on training to help spark innovation and change within your organization. Nationally recognized as an innovation and public service igniter, Brian’s irreverent style will help you and your team tackle some of your most difficult challenges. Over the last 2 years, dozens of cities are deploying these techniques to help employees make a difference in the lives of their customers.

Adaptive, Authentic Athenians- What does it mean to leave a legacy, leaving something better than it was when it was given to us. Your past is your past and that story has already been written. Your future though and your legacy from this point forward, that is the unwritten story. What words will you use to complete the rest of your story?

Kiss Yesterday’s Policing Goodbye- This course will discuss contemporary challenges with policing cities and some key concerns city managers must address.

Special Events

Speed Coaching
Wednesday, March 9
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(This event requires a separate registration; please add during checkout.)

ICMA is bringing speed coaching to the regional conferences! This event allows players to meet with coaches in the profession for four short sessions, round-robin style. Coaches give career and resume tips in a lively and always popular event. Speed coaching is free, and all are welcome, but coaches and players must preregister. Don’t wait too long! This event is limited to the first 20 Learners and 20 Coaches who sign up.

Explore Irving, TX

Situated in the middle of Dallas/Fort Worth, the fourth largest metro region in the United States, Irving is bursting at the seams with dining, entertainment, arts, music, theater and so much more. Irving is full of fun family entertainment, from kid-friendly restaurants, interactive museums, and outdoor activities. Looking to get out and explore Irving by night? Irving has a lively nightlife scene with tons of live music options. Make a night of it over at the Toyota Music Factory where you can catch a show, grab some drinks, eat at great restaurants, or catch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater.

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Health and Safety

The health and safety of our attendees and staff are the priority of ICMA as the COVID-19 Global Pandemic continues. ICMA is dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for attendees to gather. All ICMA staff, vendors, and attendees are required to follow the health and safety protocols outlined.

Learn more about the measures we are taking to protect you and all staff onsite.

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All Registration Pricing Options

Attendee Category RATE
ICMA Member $325
Nonmember $650
Life Member $150
Retired Member $150
ICMA Member in Transition COMPLIMENTARY
Group – 15% discount on 5 or more attendees $277 for Members, $553 for Non-Members

If you are an ICMA member, you will need to log into your account to register online. If you experience any difficulties logging into your account, please try resetting your password or contacting us at

If you are not a member of ICMA, you will need to create an account in order to register online. You can create your account here.

If you are registering a group, all registrants in the group do not need to have an account or be ICMA Members. The group registration process will allow you to register members of your team who do not have accounts on

If you have any questions or are experiencing difficulties, please contact us for assistance at

Group Registration – Supercharge Your Team’s Potential

Register yourself and at least 4 of your colleagues together for a 15% discount off your registration fees. All registrations must be submitted together to take advantage of this discount.  A team can be comprised of ICMA members and nonmembers.

For group registration questions please contact

Important Information About Registration

There will not be a digital program or live streaming for the 2022 ICMA Regional Conferences.

To register as a member, your ICMA membership status must be current. If you would like to verify your status, call ICMA Member Benefits & Services toll free at 800-745-8780 or 202-962-3680; or email

Note: ICMA membership is for individuals only. If you are not currently a member, use the nonmember category fees.

Take this opportunity to join ICMA and receive discounts on conference registration as well as many other membership benefits. To join online or download a membership application, visit the ICMA Join page.

Cancellations must be received in writing by posted deadlines. Cancellations will not be accepted after this time.  All in-person cancellations will have a $35 processing fee deducted from their refund, if applicable.  You can alternatively choose to substitute someone else from your organization. There is no processing fee for a substitution, and you will either be charged or refunded the difference between the two registration fees.

Cancellation Deadlines:

Southeast Regional Conference                     Wednesday, February 16, 11:59pm ET

Mountain Plains Regional Conference            Wednesday, February 23, 11:59pm ET

West Coast Regional Conference                   Tuesday, March 1, 11:59pm ET

Midwest Regional Conference                       Wednesday, March 9, 11:59pm ET

Northeast Regional Conference                     Wednesday, March 23, 11:59pm ET

ICMA will process registration substitutions free of charge until the Friday before each Regional Conference starts. Any difference in registration fees will either be charged or refunded.  After the registration deadline, registrations will only be accepted on-site at the conference location.

Substitution and Registration Deadlines: 

Southeast Regional Conference                     Friday, February 25, 11:59pm ET

Mountain Plains Regional Conference            Friday, March 4, 11:59pm ET

West Coast Regional Conference                   Friday, March 11, 11:59pm ET

Midwest Regional Conference                       Friday, March 18, 11:59pm ET

Northeast Regional Conference                     Friday, April 1, 11:59pm ET

If you have any general questions about the 2022 ICMA Regional Conferences, please call 202-962-3585 or email your question to