Annual Local Government Conference

The AML Annual Local Government Conference is the premier meeting for municipal officials in Alaska.

71st Annual Local Government Conference

November 15-19, 2021
Hotel Captain Cook – Anchorage

The event brings together more than 400 local municipal officials, including mayors, borough assembly and city council members, municipal managers, administrators, attorneys and other appointed officials and municipal staff. Many state and federal officials attend, alongside Alaska’s business leaders and community organizations.

AML’s Annual Conference provides a venue where municipal leaders can share best practices and lessons in innovation, efficiency and effective delivery of services. It’s an opportunity for dialogue and relationship-building. It’s a table at which we can come together and work toward solutions. We look forward to seeing you back in person at the Hotel Captain Cook this year!

Thank you to Denali level sponsors for their generous support of AML and Alaska’s local Governments:

AML is Committed to Supporting Attendees’ Health and Safety during our Annual Conference

The Alaska Municipal League (AML) recognizes the scale of the public health crisis facing Alaska right now, and the mitigation measures that we’re all taking to help flatten the curve. Leadership under these circumstances, for us, is to ensure continuity of operations. That means that our Annual Conference – dedicated to local government leaders sharing and learning about best practices, overcoming challenges, and new opportunities – should occur in person, even as we utilize all the tools at our disposal to ensure as safe an event as possible.
 
What does this look like? First and foremost, we will implement a variety of mitigation measures that are consistent with public health guidance. At the same time, we have preserved the integrity of the event, allowing for networking, sharing, and learning. We’ve also provided options for those who can’t be there in person. AML’s Annual Local Government Conference will feature:
  • We will require a negative test or vaccine proof to attend, along with a health check – AML has a software application in place for this that is HIPAA-compliant. You’ll be able to register and upload/submit within 72 hours of the event.
  • Masks are required for all attendees and guests in all sessions
  • We are working to provide testing and vaccination on site – we encourage attendees to test when they arrive and when they leave. This is more difficult right now because of limited supplies and operational capacity.
  • We’ve increased the number of sessions so that there are fewer people in each session, and added overflow viewing rooms when higher capacity is reached
  • Presenters have the option of being there in person or presenting virtually
  • We’ll stream the majority of the sessions, and make viewing them available to all AML members who choose not to attend – this option has been added to the registration page
  • If you’ve already registered and choose to participate virtually instead, please notify us and we will refund the difference
  • We’ve reimagined the exhibitor hall to have a variety of options to share materials, engage with partners, or otherwise interact
  • We’ll provide options for meals so that attendees can choose to take theirs to go, and eat in one of the other session rooms where viewing is possible or where they feel most comfortable
  • We’ll reduce the social activities so that there isn’t the movement of people – we’ll forego the community block party, but keep the awards dinner and add a trivia night, providing for appropriate distancing
  • We’ll provide an online silent auction
  • We’ll do virtual voting for the business meeting, which will be via an app accessible to all registered voters
  • We’ll have fun, connect with one another again, commiserate, learn from one another, celebrate success, and share new ways to address challenges
 
All attendees that choose to participate acknowledge and agree to the COVID Mitigation Protocol and Agreement, a copy of which is found below.
 
We are clear-eyed about the data and the consequences of not doing this right. Our members, especially those attending, are very likely to be among Alaska’s most vaccinated. Our members, many of whom have mitigation measures in place at home, serve as role models for residents. Our members know that compliance means preserving healthcare capacity and flattening the curve. Our members are committed to an Alaska that is open for business, even under new conditions.
 
AML welcomes members and all attendees to its 71st Annual Local Government Conference and Affiliate meetings.
 
AML + ACoM Scholarship

Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Conference of Mayors – 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship

The Alaska Municipal League (AML) and the Alaska Conference of Mayors (ACoM) are pleased to announce the opportunity for mayors, council/assembly members and municipal employees from small communities to apply for the 2021 Annual AML/ACoM Conference Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to allow mayors, council/assembly members and municipal employees from smaller communities that would not otherwise have the financial resources, to attend the ACoM Annual Meeting and AML Annual Local Government Conference.

The scholarship will reimburse 50% of travel and lodging expenses, up to a maximum of $500. In addition, conference fees for the ACoM Annual Meeting and AML Annual Conference will be waived.

Eligibility:

•Mayors, council/assembly members and municipal employees of an organized city or borough government
•City or borough must be a member of the Alaska Municipal League
•Population of 1,500 people or less
•Would not be able to attend without scholarship

The Scholarship provides:

•50% of travel and lodging expenses, up to a maximum of $500.00, and
•Registration fees for the ACoM Meeting and the AML Annual Conference.

We will be awarding five scholarships for mayors and ten scholarships for council/assembly or municipal employees, which will be awarded on a first come/first served basis, so get your applications in as soon as possible. Only one scholarship will be awarded per community.

If your community has limited financial resources, we urge you to apply for this scholarship. Communities or attendees will be responsible for securing and paying for their own travel, lodging, and other expenses. Upon receipt of travel and lodging invoices, a check will be issued to reimburse the community for 50% of the travel and lodging expenses, up to a maximum of $500.00.

AML + ACoM Conference Scholarship Application (PDF) 

Municipal Awards

The purpose of the Alaska Municipal League Awards of Excellence is to acknowledge individuals who have demonstrated ongoing dedication to their cities or boroughs and have gone above-and-beyond to make their communities great places to live, work and/or play during 2021.  Now more than ever, we want to recognize these municipal leaders who positively impact our communities.

Award Categories

  • Municipal Official of the Year – this award is designed to recognize an elected or appointed municipal official who has demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism, leadership and innovation in their position.
  • Municipal Employee of the Year – this award is designed to recognize a municipal employee who has demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism, leadership and innovation in their position. Nominees must be a current (or recently retired) municipal employee.
  • Emerging Municipal Leader – this award recognizes an emerging municipal leader, their early career contributions to local government and their potential for future success as a local government leader.
  • Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership – established in 2000 by the AML Board of Directors, this award is in honor of Vic Fischer, secretary to the Committee on Local Government of the Constitutional Convention. Local government officials nominated for this award must show a significant statewide contribution and lifetime of service to improving local government and communities in Alaska.

Award Process:

  • Any elected official or municipal employee of an AML member municipality is eligible to be nominated
  • Nominations will be accepted from any AML municipal, affiliate or associate member
  • Submit the nomination form, including the required nomination letter by October 15, 2021
  • AML staff will screen entries for completeness; the AML Board of Directors will judge all entries
  • The awards will be presented at the Municipal Awards Ceremony at the Annual Conference on Tuesday, November 16

Nomination form 

Newly Elected Officials Training

Newly Elected Officials Training (NEO)
November 9-10, 2021

In addition to the regular conference, we are offering a virtual training for newly elected officials on November 9-10, 2021. There will be no cost to attend NEO this year. Registration can be completed online, using the same registration form as the Annual Local Government Conference.  Materials, Zoom links and call-in information will be sent at a later date to the email address submitted on the registration form. Printed handbooks ($50) can be purchased on the registration form, as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register? 

Registration is available online. You can also mail or fax in a registration form. The mailing address is One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 200, Juneau, AK 99801. The fax number is 907-463-5480.

Can I register for a vacant position? 

Yes! The registration deadline falls close to many municipal elections. To reserve a registration for a vacant position, use the position title (i.e. “Mayor”, “Assembly Member”) for the registrants name. After election results have been certified, please contact the AML office with the correct name.

Is there a chance the Annual Conference will be cancelled due to COVID?

We’re monitoring the pandemic carefully and following the guidelines given by the CDC. A decision will be made by October 1 as to whether or not the Annual Conference will be held in person or postponed. If you are registered to attend and the conference is cancelled due to COVID, you will receive a full refund.

What will be done to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 mitigation plan will be posted here and sent to registered attendees at least one week prior to the start of the conference.

Where will the conference be held? Is there a room block?

Unless otherwise stated, all conference meetings and sessions will take place at the Hotel Captain Cook. The group rate is $105/night for single or double occupancy. The rate is available three days before and three days after the conference. The rate does not include any state, local or occupancy taxes that may apply. Rooms can be booked by going to the Hotel Captain Cook website or calling 1-800-843-1950. Please use the code ‘AML2020‘ when reserving your room. Rates are guaranteed until October 15, 2021.

Are there travel discounts available? 

A 7% discount is available on Alaska Airlines for all published fares to/from Anchorage. To use the discount code, go to Alaska Airlines and input ‘ECMD691‘ when searching for flights. To book by phone, call 1-800-445-4435; a $15 per person service fee will apply for tickets booked via phone.

A 10% discount is available for flights booked on Ravn Alaska. When booking online, input the code ‘AKMUNI21‘ at the checkout screen. To book by phone, call (907) 266-8394; there is no service fee to tickets booked through the call center.

When will Affiliate groups meet?

Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association – November 15-16

Alaska Municipal Management Association – November 17-19

Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks – November 17-20

Alaska Conference of Mayors – November 18-19

Alaska Government Finance Officers Association – November 17-19

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Contact Portland Highbaugh by email at portlandh@akml.org or by phone at 907-790-5306.

Register for the 2021 AML Annual Local Government Conference and/or Newly Elected Officials Training by using the form below: