Public Engagement, Political Discourse & Local Democracy

May 10-12, 2023

This conference considers the ways in which public discourse shapes our communities and positions the value of professional administration within today’s hyper-partisan political environments.

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Session topics will include, but are not limited to:

Managing the Staff-
Council Relationship

Public Discourse


Time Event
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Micro-Certifications (Additional Fee Applies)
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. After Hours Get Together
Time Event
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. General Session/Keynote
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshops and Breakout Sessions
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Experience Louisville!  The Historic Bourbon Trail and Beyond
Time Event
7:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote with ICMA President
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Workshops and Breakout Sessions
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Conference Location & Hotel

Hyatt Regency Louisville

320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Fall in love with the gateway to the South at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville. With its warm, contemporary environment, upscale amenities, exceptional service, Hyatt Regency Louisville offers a gracious dose of southern hospitality in the city’s thriving business and entertainment districts. See the sights, indulge in delicious dining and retreat to your own urban haven in the heart of Louisville.

Located in the heart of downtown Louisville the hotel is next to 4th Street Live, and within walking distance to all the top area attractions. The hotel is conveniently located next to the Kentucky International Convention Center and close to the Louisville Slugger Museum. With a stay at Hyatt Regency Louisville, you’ll be centrally located in Louisville, within a 10-minute drive of Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center. This 4-star hotel is 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from University of Louisville and 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from Churchill Downs.

Reserve a room


A special rate of $165 has been reserved for attendees of the 2023 ICMA Local Government Reimagined Conference.

Reservations may also be made directly with Hyatt group reservations by calling 1-877-803-7534 and reference the 2023 ICMA Local Government Reimagined Conference.

The deadline to make reservations has been extended but rooms are limited so act now! Reservations are currently being accepted on a space available basis at the group rate. 

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.

Getting There


Self-parking is available in the attached Commonwealth Garage, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The current rates are listed below and subject to change.  The Commonwealth Garage is located on Jefferson Street (middle of block on left hand side) between 3rd & 4th Streets. Parking garage clearance is 7 feet.

Price Time range
$3 0 to 1 hour
$5 1 hour to 2 hours
$7 2 hours to 4 hours
$10 4 hours to 8 hours
$12 8 hours to 24 hours
$20 In-and-out access for 24 hours (parking tickets must be validated at the Front Desk for this option and the charge will be on the guestroom folio)
$20 Lost tickets will result in $20 per day charge

The Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is 6 Miles from the Hotel, which is about 15 minutes. Local taxis are available at the corner of the hotels valet area. Convenient Uber and Lyft pick up locations adjacent to the hotel entrance.  The hotel does not have an airport shuttle

The average price for a taxi/cab ride from the airport is $25.00 each way.

The Average Uber/Lyft cost is around $20.00 each way.

The Louisville Experience

Welcome to Bourbon City! Yes, Bourbon is a spirit that comes in a glass, but it’s also the spirit that defines our culture, our arts and parks, and our creative energy. It’s this kind of spirit that helped create Louisville itself – a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, and quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to our region.

We’re an entirely different type of Southern. With a booming bourbon renaissance, iconic attractions, world-class hotels & venues and a renowned culinary scene, Louisville is an experience like no other city.