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2016 Annual Meeting

National speakers headline meeting

It’s time to start making plans for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Charleston on July 14 – 17.

The opening general session on Friday, July 15, will explore how rapidly changing technology and styles of communication are altering the ways we work, engage, communicate and relate to one another. Two nationally known experts in the areas of communication and engagement will discuss how these changes affect local leaders’ interaction with the people who live and work in their cities.

Curt Steinhorst is president of Promentum Group, a company that specializes in developing strategies for reaching today’s multigenerational audiences. He will share strategies for embracing these changes to build successful communities.

Peter Kageyama, author and community development specialist, will explore bottom-up community development during the second part of the opening session. Back by popular demand, Kageyama will draw on his most recent research to describe how successful communities engage residents of all ages and how a city of any size can take simple, immediate and largely inexpensive steps toward building a better, more interesting and more lovable community.

The materials will be mailed to all municipal officials on May 9.

All attendees must use the Association’s online process for reserving hotel rooms and registering for the meeting. Each city will receive an appointment time for June 1 or 2 based on a drawing held on May 19.

Municipalities that want to participate in the drawing must select a representative (only one per city/town). The representative must register for the drawing by May 17. During the city’s June appointment, Association staff will assist the municipal representative in registering online all officials from that city who will be attending the meeting.