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Tips and Templates to Get Your Trip Approved

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Read below for tips on getting elected officials and citizen support for attending the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference and access our tools to showcase the cost/benefits of attending the conference.

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  • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation to your elected officials and staff about what you learned and take time for Q&A so that others in your community can reap the benefits of your attendance.
  • Offer to share an executive summary and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you will have access to speaker presentations and handouts on the conference website.
  • Focus on their return for the investment; explain what you plan to get out of attending and how that will benefit your work, organization, citizens, and community.
  • If you are working to obtain or maintain a professional designation (such as the AICP credential for planners), remind your elected officials that the conference is a great way to earn required education hours.
  • Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.

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Download the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference Quick Guide to share with your elected officials, staff members, and more! 

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Need More Help to Convince Your Boss or Elected Officials?

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Download our Justify Your Trip letter. Print it, email it, talk them through it in person, it’s up to you.

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