Local Government Spring Conference


April 25-26 in Klamath Falls

This two-day event will be a great opportunity for public officials from around the state to network and learn about issues impacting all cities. 

Registration Types:

  • Member Registration - $300 ($325 after April 4)
  • Non-Member Government Registration - $350 ($375 after April 4)
  • Business Partner Registration - $400 ($425 after April 4)
  • Non-Member Corporate Registration - $500 ($525 after April 4)

Questions?  View the conference FAQs and cancellation information, or contact us at loc@orcities.org or 503-588-6550.

Hotel Information: 

The Running Y Ranch & Resort
The Running Y is currently sold out. To be put on a waiting list, please contact Brie Ligammari at bligammari@orcities.org.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
To make reservations, use the booking link here.
You must book your room by March 23rd 2024 to ensure you receive the special group rate.
Rate: $ 179-199 per night

Holiday Inn
To make reservations, call the resort at 541-884-9999.
You must book your room by April 2nd 2024 to ensure you receive the special group rate.
Rate: $ 129 per night ($107 per night with government ID)

Register for the Local Government Spring Conference

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Preliminary Agenda

Agenda subject to change

Thursday, April 25

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Mayors (OMA) Workshop with breakfast      

  • Part 1: City Charter Updates – Emerging Trends and Recommended Processes
    Does your charter help or hinder today’s challenges? A charter lays out the organization, powers, functions, and procedures of city government. Mayors, and their council colleagues, should ask themselves if their foundational and guiding document serves as a help or hindrance to meeting current challenges. This session will: highlight how cities are modernizing their charters to better address current community needs; showcase common areas of concern and gaps the LOC has noticed in existing charters; and provide examples of how cities have successfully reviewed and updated their charters.
  • Part 2: The Mayor’s Role in Communicating City Needs
    Mayors wear many hats in their local government leadership role. One of the biggest is  communicating with residents, whether it’s explaining new charter language, why a local option levy is needed to fund public safety, or keeping residents informed during an emergency. Panelists will explain the communication approach they take when educating the public about city needs, as well as best practices for keeping people informed and calm during emergencies.

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Councilors Workshop with breakfast            

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Managers (OCCMA) Workshop with breakfast

  • Planning for & Recovering from an Emergency 

      How do you plan for your community’s future in an ever-changing natural environment? Over the last four years, Oregon communities have faced natural disasters and public health emergencies. Every disaster has a ripple effect, including watershed issues, economic stress, tourism impacts, and to property loss. Participants will hear from front-line workers who have worked in emergency operation centers dealing with a large urban fire. How did they successfully communicate across jurisdictions?  What can cities expect from FEMA? What does post-recovery look like? Panelists will also explain what they wish they knew before the emergency hit and how to best set up your community for resiliency.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Networking Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Welcome & Keynote 

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.         Networking Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.         Breakout Session

  • Forging the Path: Supporting Women in Elected Leadership
    Attendees, panelists and facilitators will consider strategies for addressing the isolation, tokenizing, and disconnection experienced by women in elected leadership.  They will also be supported in reflecting on their own leadership stories and discussing methods for addressing the gender-based challenges they experience in their roles. 
  • Wildfire Resilience and Community Risk Reduction
    Learn about Oregon’s approach to reducing wildfire in communities.  We’ll discuss how to reduce risk, the importance of understanding risk, and how this connects to insurance.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.         Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Breakout Sessions

  • How to Collaborate with Your Local Tribes
  • Public Safety Financing: Levies, Fees and Contracts, Oh My!
    The demand for public safety protection and the cost of those services continues to rise. Hear from cities that are creatively funding police protections with the support of their voters through levies, fees and partnerships.

4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.         Onsite Happy Hour Networking Reception
Join us as we wrap up the first day of conference with a networking reception! Enjoy drinks and appetizers with your peers.

6:15 p.m.                             Dinner on your own

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.      Onsite After Hours Mixer Hosted by Caucuses
Join the caucuses for a post-dinner reception! Enjoy networking with your peers and Bingo with some great prizes!

Friday, April 26

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.           Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        General Session – Agency Directors Roundtable 
Directors from five key state agencies and Regional Solutions staff will discuss the importance of relationships between state agency partners and local governments. This roundtable format will allow for direct engagement with each agency director. 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.      Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      Breakout Session

  • Rural Resources: Grants & Funding Opportunities
    Rural and small cities often lack the capacity to chase down funding opportunities from a myriad of agencies and organizations. Hear from a panel of experts who are working on breaking down the barriers for funding opportunities and promoting rural collaboration.
  • OHCA Affordable Housing Resources Update
    As part of Governor Kotek's Executive Order on Affordable Housing, and following overwhelming support in affordable housing investments from the 2023 legislative session, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is redesigning and streamlining how they fund affordable housing around the state. Session participants will learn how affordable housing resources will be allocated, and how cities can support affordable development in their community.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.      Networking Break

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.        Lunch & General Session – From the Ground Up: Leveraging the Power of Regional Coordination to Meet Oregon’s Housing Goals
The lack of safe and affordable housing across Oregon has become an economic development barrier, and in many instances, a public health crisis. Cities are no stranger to using regional coordination as a tool for local problem solving. This session will unpack regional coordination models to address local housing needs and inform a stronger state response to Oregon’s housing crisis. Delve into real-world examples from around the state, and walk away with actionable ideas for your community and a deeper understanding of how regional coordination, informed by public and private efforts, can be a catalyst for sustainable, statewide housing solutions.

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.          Networking Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.          Breakout Session

  • A Conversation with State Legislative Water Caucus Co-Chairs

     State Representatives Ken Helm and Mark Owens will look back on the pressing water issues from the 2024 short legislative session and preview what’s in store for 2025.  The Oregon Legislature's Water Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators and staff committed to fostering a resilient water future for all. The caucus recognizes that tackling complex water challenges ​requires focused leadership, innovation, and long-term commitment to learning and working together.

     Core functions include facilitating learning, convening conversations, promoting informed decision-making, and elevating the priority of water-related policies and investments.

  • Leading Communities through the Lens of a Person of Color
    Oregon demographics are changing, and it is important that community leaders understand, recognize, and include residents from different backgrounds in decision making. Participants will learn from fellow community leaders about how their lived experiences have shaped their leadership approach and will come away with a better understanding of how to create an inclusive environment.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.          Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.          General Session – Measure 110 - The Role of Cities in Implementing Oregon’s Updated Addiction Response
The Legislature made significant changes to how Oregon will serve our community members struggling with substance abuse disorder and preserve the livability of our communities. These new policies give cities the agency to address these issues that wasn’t present while Measure 110 was in effect. Learn how cities can best address addiction and what partnerships are needed to mitigate this crisis.

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Dinner on Your Own                                     

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.        Networking Reception and Casino Night
Join us for a fun-filled evening to end the conference with a casino night! There will be appetizers and a no-host bar.

Past Spring Conferences