Creating balance in the personal and professional.

The 2022 ICMA West Coast Regional Conference in conjunction with WCMA will take place in Stevenson, Washington March 15-18. 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.

The West Coast Regional Conference is sold out.  To be added to the wait list, please contact:

Morgan Altermatt-Harris
206.625.1300 x100 

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 Skamania Lodge is currently sold out of the WCMA/ICMA hotel block.  To check rate and availability with the Skamania Lodge, please contact them directly at 1 (844) 432-4748. Other lodging options may be found here:  Directory – Skamania County Chamber of Commerce

Skamania Lodge
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA , 98648

Skamania Lodge, a magnificent resort nestled on 175 wooded acres, is located in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area. A special rate of $185 has been reserved for attendees of the 2022 ICMA West Coast Regional Conference.  Reservations may be made online by clicking the button below
Reservations may also be made by calling 1 (844) 432-4748 and reference the Washington City and County Management Association.

A $20 daily resort fee is included in the group rate of $185 and includes:

  • Wireless high-speed internet throughout the lodge
  • Fitness center
  • On-site parking
  • Shuttle service to Stevenson
  • Fresh coffee and tea from 6:00am-12:00pm daily
  • And more!

The Skamania Lodge is currently sold out of the WCMA/ICMA hotel block.  To check rate and availability with the Skamania Lodge, please contact them directly at 1 (844) 432-4748. Other lodging options may be found here:  Directory – Skamania County Chamber of Commerce

Please note that transportation is not provided to the Skamania Lodge or overflow hotels.  Recommended shuttle service may be found here: 117b8c37976c4ee991d298cbbf683403.docx ( 

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 51 minutes from Portland International Airport (PDX). Uber/Lyft and taxi fares range from $119-$150 one way.  For those driving, the GPS address is 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA, 98648.  The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Valet parking is currently unavailable but self-parking is available for no charge as it is included in the resort fee which is part of the daily room rate.

If you are flying into Portland International Airport (PDX) and rent a car, the drive to Skamania Lodge is approximately 45. There is a shuttle service available, recommended by the Lodge- USA Airport Shuttle.

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4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
President’s Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mix and Match Dinner

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Golf Tournament

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration Open

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Speed Coaching (requires registration)

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Session and Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Sponsor Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Session and Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor Exhibit Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conference Banquet

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Sponsor Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
ICMA Leadership & Member Dialogue: What Do You Want and Need from ICMA

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Feedback Meeting on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the ICMA Code of Ethics

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WCMA and OCMA Meetings
Field Tour: Columbus Gorge Interpretive Center (Additional Fee)


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.

Leadership During Challenging Times- A panel discussion with three veteran city managers who have been through difficult experiences as a city leader and lived to tell the tale. Each panelist will share their leadership story and journey, offering advice and leadership takeaways that are particularly poignant in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Time will be reserved for the panel to answer questions from the audience.

Countering Social Media Misinformation- Social media is a powerful tool that has consumed our everyday communication routines, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With most people getting their “news” via social media, there is more of a risk for your agency’s message being misconstrued or for misinformation to spread. Tripepi Smith President Ryder Todd Smith will share his insights and experiences on helping agencies navigate through these situations and optimizing your social media communications to avoid these risks.

Special Events

Golf Tournament
Wednesday, March 16
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost:  $65 (Fee includes cart and range balls)
(This event requires a separate registration; please add during checkout.)

Join us at Gorge 9 Golf Course at Skamania for a great round of golf with welcoming WCMA colleagues.

Speed Coaching
Wednesday, March 16
9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.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.

Mobile Workshop: Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Tour
Friday, March 18
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $10
(This event requires a separate registration; please add during checkout.)

Located in the middle of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the interpretive center is ideally situated to interpret the natural and cultural history of this beautiful region. This tour will take place during the Oregon and Washington state association meetings.

Explore Stevenson, WA

On the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the city of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Gorge. Just 45 minutes from Portland or Vancouver, and three and a half hours from Seattle, Stevenson is perfect to visit for the day, the weekend or an extended vacation.

A stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or the Columbia River waterfront is a great way to take in the surroundings. Downtown Stevenson is home to unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Not to mention an award-winning local brewpub.

In Stevenson, there’s something for everyone. Head off on your favorite outdoor activity, or try something new.

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The West Coast Regional Conference is sold out.  To be added to the wait list, please contact:

Morgan Altermatt-Harris
206.625.1300 x100 

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