Mountain Plains Regional Conference

March 27 - 29, 2019
01:30 pm - 11:00 am MT
Omaha NE


Registration open.


Join us March 27-29 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Omaha Marriott Downtown.

Please Note: Despite the historic flooding and damage making an impact in Nebraska, the Mountain Plains Regional Conference in Omaha is still taking place March 27-29. If there are any changes, we will let you know as soon as possible. 

The 2019 Mountain Plains Regional Conference offers a two-and-half day event that will help you keep up and keep ahead of the dramatic changes and opportunities innovative ideas and technologies present to local government's today.


As an attendee of the Mountain Plains Regional Conference, you will walk away with an innovation playbook, and take home with you clear goals that guide how to approach, employ, and regulate the use of new ideas as they become available in 2019 and beyond.


  • The connection and content skills you need to reshape and create new innovations in your organization and community.
  • Effective command and control structures to manage the impacts of technological forces. 
  • The most important factors in succeeding in the quest to become the next great smart community.
  • How to measure the effectiveness and impact of different initiatives and policies.
  • How the “best ideas” are generated.


As chief technology and innovation officer of ICMA, and former chief innovation officer at the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration, Xavier will discuss key elements of the local leader's innovation playbook as well as demonstrate ways innovation is as much a playbook as it is a platform to propel success and prosperity across people, process, policy data, and technology ventures.

"True innovation is not just changing something with the blind hope that it improves. Any and all responsible innovation must be planned, measured, evaluated, and continuously improved. I call it "responsible prototyping." It’s not a one-time shot, it’s a lifelong commitment."


Felicia Logan, Director of Leadership Development, ICMA, Richmond, Virginia

Ron Carlee, DPA, Professor, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia


Register now, there are only 150 spaces available for the Mountain Plains Regional Conference.


Additional team members receive a discount of $100 off their registration. Register yourself today, share the discount code included with your registration confirmation with colleagues, and get them excited about the latest technologies and innovations in the local government profession.

Planning to bring your partner to the Mountain Plains Regional Conference? Please contact Matt Watson ( to submit the information for their badge. Please note that while partners do not need to register for the Mountain Plains Regional Conference, they will need a ticket for any field demonstrations, and will be charged a fee of $60 after the close of the event if they attend any of the receptions during the Conference.

Note: Cancellations for the 2019 Mountain Plains Regional Conference will be accepted through Wednesday, 3/13/2019 and will be charged a processing fee of $35.  Cancellation requests received after 3/13/2019 will not be processed.  Please submit all cancellation requests in writing to Matt Watson at



Wednesday, March 27   

12 p.m.-5 p.m. | Registration

1:30-3:30 p.m. | Back to the Future: Reclaiming Central Omaha

3:15-5:30 p.m. | Nominating Committee Interviews

3:45-4:45 p.m. | Connection Before Content

4:45-6:00 p.m. | Reception

Thursday, March 28        

8-9 a.m. | Innovation Showcase/Breakfast

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Registration

9-10 a.m. | Keynote: The Innovation Playbook for Local Government

10:15-11:15 a.m. | Breakout Sessions          

  • Breakout I: Establishing an Effective Innovation State in Local Government
  • Breakout II: Mountain Plains Roundtable
  • Breakout III: Artificial Intelligence as a Tool for Building Community - Presented by ZenCity

11:15-11:30 a.m. | Break   

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Envision ICMA – Expand and Diversify ICMA Membership

12:30-1:45 p.m. | Innovation Showcase/Lunch

2-3 p.m. | Breakout Sessions               

  • Breakout I: Establishing an Effective Innovation State in Local Government
  • Breakout II: Mountain Plains Roundtable
  • Breakout III: Artificial Intelligence as a Tool for Building Community  - Presented by ZenCity

3:15-4:45 p.m. | ICMA University Workshop: Five Key Questions to Answer before You Create an Innovation Incubator in Your Community

4:45-5:45 p.m. | Ethics Conversation on Tenets 5 and 6

6-8 p.m. | Reception: Trivia and Taps at The Old Mattress Factory

Friday , March 29

8-9 a.m. | Innovation Showcase/Breakfast

9-10 a.m. | Innovation in the Fire and Rescue Services

9-11 a.m. | ICMA University Workshop: Implicit Bias: A Barrier to Creativity, Innovation, & Inclusion


Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District | 222 North 10th Street | Omaha, Nebraska 68102

Room rate: $109 | Reservation cut-off date: March 6 (group rate will not be honored after March 6)

Reserve Your Hotel Room Now

Photo courtesy of Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District


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Event Details


  • March 27 - 29, 2019
  • 01:30 pm 11:00 am MT
  • Registration Deadline: 03/29/2019


  • 222 North 10th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68102
  • Omaha NE


  • Member Price:$329.00
  • Non-Member:$429.00

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