2018 West Coast Regional Conference

Stevenson, Washington
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
2018 West Coast Regional Conference
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - Friday, May 04, 2018

Skamania Lodge
(509) 314-4177
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, Washington 98648
United States

Map and Directions

The West Coast Regional Conference has sold out. Please contact Aimy Enriquez at aenrriquez@mrsc.org to be added on to a waitlist

Schedule At-A-Glance

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, May 1
  • Conference Registration
  • President’s Reception
  • Mix and Match Dinner (No host dinner with peers at a local restaurant. Sign up on Tues upon arrival)

Wednesday, May 2
  • Golf Tournament
  • Conference Registration
  • Welcome – Derek Matheson, WCMA President
  • Keynote Luncheon – Chris Mefford, President and CEO, Community Attributes - Chris founded CAI in 2005. Chris is known for bringing data to life in engaging ways to understand business and social challenges. He work with jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world on urban planning and economic development. Chris brings 20 years of experience studying economic and development patterns in the Puget Sound Region. He is a father of two, and active in many community organizations. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa; an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Iowa; and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.
  • ICMA Leadership Meeting - Updates and discussion facilitated by ICMA West Coast Regional Vice Presidents
  • Speed Coaching – Whether you are a student just entering the field, or a mid-career professional wondering what is your next step, come get some valuable insights and advice from coaches in the field. Based on ICMA’s successful speed coaching model.
  • Making What You Have to Say Meaningful and Memorable - You’ll learn the basic skills of public speaking including understanding what your audience wants; answering their questions before they ask; using pitch, speed, and pauses to add interest to your presentation; and choosing words that work and gestures that make the point.
  • ICMA Nominating Committee - Interviews
  • Volleyball Game
  • ICMA-RC and BergerABAM Reception 
  • Dinner on Your Own - Restaurant List

Thursday, May 3
  • Breakfast Presentation: Spectacular Columbia Gorge Photography - Start your day with the inspiration of Peter Marbach’s evocative landscapes that reflect time spent working with light at the edges of the day. 

    *Resume Review Service: 9:00am-12pm
     Peckham & McKenney exhibit table. 
     Contact Joyce Johnson to sign up

  • Golf Tournament Awards
  • Innovation: Creating Smart and Sustainable Communities of the Future - Jurisdictions of all shapes and sizes are looking for ways to leverage technology and innovation to create more resilient communities. Hear from ICMA President David Johnstone and other members in the region, as they discuss successful and promising approaches for creating healthy, livable, and prosperous communities of the future.
  • Reestablishing Democratic Local Government - The Polish Experience - Outstanding local leaders and professionals from Poland will touch on their experience leading local government in a society which has “transformed itself“ in the course of one generation, since the collapse of Communism in 1989.
  • Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times - Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson. What do such disparate figures have in common? Why do their extraordinary stories continue to amaze and inspire? In delivering the answers to those questions, we discover a remarkable template by which to judge those in our own time to whom the public has given its trust and explore application to the role of public servant and local government professionals in turbulent times.
  • Homeless Shelters - Conestoga Huts & Eugene's Innovative Approach - Participants will hear about an inexpensive homeless shelter option available to them, learn about Eugene's programs and regulatory approaches, and have a draft ordinance to consider adopting in their communities. 
  • Keynote Lunch - Speaker David Johnstone, ICMA President
  • Sponsor Presentation, Buxton - The retail and restaurant industries are navigating sweeping changes. Whether your community is trying to attract new retail development or simply retain existing retail and restaurant businesses, you need to be aware of how these changes are influencing real estate investment decisions.
  • ICMA University Workshop: Leading Courageously in Challenging Times - In the practice of local government management we often turn to policy or regulatory guidelines in decision making. This workshop will explore how localities may benefit from stepping out of traditional decision making modes to consider innovative ways to solve problems and address issues. This highly participative workshop will provide examples of leadership in theory and in practice. Thought leaders will introduce challenging management/leadership situations, participants will have the opportunity to raise issues that they are currently faced with that challenge the way managers are taught to think about management and leadership. Session Leaders: Felicia Logan and key thought leaders. Practices 6 and 8: Strategic Leadership and Policy Facilitation and Implementation 
  • Conference Banquet

Friday, May 4
  • Breakfast Presentation: Police Recruiting Strategies Study, University of Washington Evans School MPA Program Presentation
  • Walking Tour: Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center - 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.  Conference attendees from other states are invited to sign up for the tour.  There is a $6.00 fee to participate.  You must sign up for the tour in addition to your conference registration. 
  • State Association Meetings
  • ICMA National Conference Planning - Portland
  • Adjourn

Schedule At-A-Glance

Registration Fees
  • Washington Member: $325.00
  • Oregon Member: $325.00
  • Other Member: $325.00
  • Non Member: $365.00
  • Washington Senior Adviser/Student/Retired Manager: $200.00
  • Oregon Senior Adviser/Student/Retired Manager: $200.00
  • Other Senior Adviser/Student/Retired Manager: $200.00

Important Information
On-line Registration Deadline: 12:00 pm on Monday April 16, 2018.

Deadline for Registrant List: Register and approve release of your information by Monday, April 16, 2018 to guarantee your name and company information on the attendee list.

Cancellations: Cancellations must be received in writing prior to Friday, April 13, 2018 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after the conference. Refunds will not be granted after Friday, April 13, 2018 nor will they be given for no-shows. Please email cancellations to aenriquez@mrsc.org.

Substitution Policy: Substitution of registration (same type: member/non-member) is permitted prior to Friday, April 13, 2018. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant with written consent. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations associated with that substitution as well as updating any contact/demographic information. Please email substitution requests to aenriquez@mrsc.org.

Registration includes educational sessions, meals and networking.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Payment can be made by credit card or by check.

    Please make checks payable to WCMA.

    2601 Fourth Avenue, Suite 800
    Seattle, WA 98121

    Federal TIN 91-6070472