Creating balance in the personal and professional.

The 2022 ICMA Northeast Regional Conference will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on April 6-8. 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.

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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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Conference Location and Hotel Information

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA  02116

The Colonnade Hotel is centrally located in the iconic Back Bay neighborhood. The property is just minutes away from sporting events, shopping, museums, historical points of interest, and the best dining in Boston. A special rate of $281 has been reserved for attendees of the 2022 ICMA Northeast Regional Conference.  Reservations may be made online by clicking the button below. Reservations may also be made directly with The Colonnade reservations at 1 (800) 962-3030 and reference the 2022 ICMA Northeast Regional Conference.

Reservations must be made by Monday, March 14, 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 12 minutes from the Boston Logan Airport (BOS).  Uber/Lyft and taxi fares range from $28-$40 one way.  For those driving, the GPS address is 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA.  The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Valet parking is $55 per car/per night, and is based upon availability.

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

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

2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Speed Coaching (requires registration)

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. – 11:145 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 Sessions

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

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ICMA Code of Ethics Review

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

7:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.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. – 10:00 a.m.
Conversation with ICMA President, Troy Brown

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 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.

A Bumpy Road Ahead?  Adapting to the New Workplace- What will local government service delivery look like in the next six months, two years, ten years? Is remote work here to stay? How do managers need to refine public expectations in light of our pandemic environment? How have public and private spaces forever changed and what are the long-term impacts? What are the considerations and implications for employees and managers for work in terms of data management, security, policies, continuity and planning? Does pandemic planning need to become a permanent part of our workplace operational strategy? Join a panel of experienced human resource professionals to talk about what the future of work holds for local government.

Hire and Higher: Building the Pipeline of Future Leaders- Recruitment, retention, and succession planning are the three pillars of successful talent management. But as employees seek more work/life balance, stay in positions for less and less time and are no longer interested in certain careers, how does a manager attract the best and the brightest? Hear how our managers have addressed recruiting diverse candidates, developed succession planning, and responded to shortages in certain departments.

Facilitated roundtable conversations on ARPA Funds, Racial Equity & Social Justice in the Workplace, and Climate Change as well as roundtables for Student Chapters and First-Time Administrators)

Special Events

Speed Coaching
Wednesday, April 6
2:30 p.m. – 4:45 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.

Remember the Ladies Historical Walking Tour
Wednesday, April 6
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(This event requires a separate registration; please add during checkout.)

The only tour in Boston dedicated to the women of this region who have changed history. We will discuss some of the dynamic thinkers and writers throughout American history – women who were essential to Boston’s history – by visiting the Massachusetts State House, the Old Corner Bookstore, and the Old South Meeting House. We will then see the Old State House, Beacon Hill sites, and the oldest public botanical garden in America – the Boston Public Garden.

Explore Boston, MA

In Boston, we have it all. The city is rich in history with great dining and nightlife, extraordinary shopping, exciting sporting events, and vibrant arts and cultural community. With a mix of colonial charm and urban sophistication, Boston has been growing as a city for over 380 years.

Explore the city where the new and the old are in constant conversation, where cobbled-stone streets meet glass-enclosed shopping galleries, where The Freedom Trail landmarks stand beside cutting edge restaurants and renowned performance theaters brush shoulders with trendy nightclubs.

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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

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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