Northeast Regional Conference

April 03 - 05, 2019
01:30 pm - 11:00 am ET
New Brunswick NJ


Registration open.


Join us April 3-5 in New Brunswick, New Jersey at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.

The 2019 ICMA Northeast 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 Northeast 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."


Peggy Merriss, retired city manager, Decatur, Georgia

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


Register now, there are only 100 spaces available for the Northeast 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 Northeast 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 Northeast 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 Northeast Regional Conference will be accepted through Wednesday, 3/20/2019 and will be charged a processing fee of $35.  Cancellation requests received after 3/20/2019 will not be processed.  Please submit all cancellation requests in writing to Matt Watson at



Wednesday, April 3         

12 p.m.-5 p.m. | Registration

1:30-3:30 p.m. | New Brunswick Field Demonstration:  Arts Center and New Brunswick Redevelopment

3:15-9 p.m. | Nominating Committee Interviews

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

4:45-6:00 p.m. | Reception

Thursday, April 4  

7:30-8:30 a.m. | Innovation Showcase/Breakfast

8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Registration

8:45-9:45 a.m. | Keynote: The Innovation Playbook for Local Government

10-11 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout I: Establishing an Effective Innovation State in Local Government
  • Breakout II: Northeast Roundtable session         
  • Breakout III: AI & the City – Presented by ZenCity

11:15 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: Northeast Roundtable session
  • Breakout III: AI & the City – 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 Organization

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

5:45-8 p.m. | Reception

Friday , April 5

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


Hyatt Regency New Brunswick | 2 Albany Street | New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Room rate: $175 | Reservation cut-off date: March 13 (group rate will not be honored after March 13)

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Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

Additional Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tower Center New Brunswick | 4 Tower Center Blvd. | New Brunswick, NJ 08816

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Room rate: $108 | Reservation cut-off date: March 13 (group rate will not be honored after March 13)

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is 2.4 miles from the Hyatt Regency and will thus require people to drive to the Hyatt Regency or take an Uber/cab.

Getting to and from the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick is easily accessed by a variety of public transportation modes. 

To and from Newark Airport:

New Jersey Transit: New Jersey transit located 2 blocks from the hotel. Click here for walking directions from the station to the hotel. One-way cost to Newark International Airport is $14.50 per person.

AAA Car Service: (888) 777-3055. Fee is $75 one-way, inclusive of tolls and gratuities.

Taxi: $65. Tolls included, gratuity is additional.

To New York City:

New Jersey Transit: New Jersey transit located 2 blocks from the hotel; runs approximately every hour. One-way trip to New York Penn Station is $13.00 per person.

AAA Car Service: Contact (888) 777-3055 for additional information. Group rates are available.

Bus: 1 block from the hotel, runs every 15 minutes before and after the hour. Contact: Suburban transit (800) 222-0492 for additional information.

To Philadelphia:

Amtrak – View Amtrak service here


From the mid-17th century to present day, New Brunswick is full of rich history, facts and details, places and structures, and the many people who contributed to its prominent growth over these many decades. Click the resources below to explore the city:

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Event Details


  • April 03 - 05, 2019
  • 01:30 pm 11:00 am ET
  • Registration Deadline: 04/05/2019


  • 2 Albany Street New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
  • New Brunswick NJ


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

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