Ohio Municipal League Annual Conference

This year the Ohio Municipal League will again be holding its Annual Fall Conference in conjunction with the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ohio. There is separate conference registration information for each association. Because of the interests of OML & MFOA members alike there are a number of workshops & special meetings being offered. The Conferences will begin Wednesday Nov. 1st ending Friday Nov. 3rd.

In order to create a more efficient way of distributing materials, you will receive all available materials in advance of the conference via email. Registering for the conference will require a valid email address. The email will also serve as your registration confirmation.  We no longer pass out paper handout packets at the conferences. Please feel free to print out these materials and bring them with you to the conference and/or download to your personal electronic devices such as an iPad or tablet. It is important for you to decide the best method of using the materials to prepare in advance.  We believe a preview of the information can be extremely beneficial in preparing for the Conference. Some presenters may bring handouts with them that were not made available for distribution prior to the conference. Please Note: Emails are sent through the same software as the OML Legislative Bulletin, anyone who has “unsubscribed” from the distribution list must re-subscribe or use a different email address.

In order to ensure the conference materials reach attendees in enough time to prepare we have set a Registration and Payment Deadline of October 23, 2017. All paid registrations will begin receiving the confirmation email with materials on October 25th. If you have any questions about the new registration process please feel free to contact Zoë Wade at either Zwade@omlohio.org or 614-221-4349 ext. 11.


LEGISLATIVE INVITATION 
~ NEW
This year OML has invited the 132nd General Assembly to join us at our Annual Conference. We ask that you fill out your House and Senate districts on your registration form so that we may add it to your name badge as way for legislators to recognize constituents from their districts.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES PROGRAM ~ NEW
During the Thursday General Session individual veterans will be acknowledged and honored during this presentation and will be given DVS Veterans’ Coins and/or DVS pins in recognition of their service. Are you (or your spouse) a military veteran? If so, please let us know by filing out the section on your registration form.

PRIZE RAFFLE ~ NEW
This year the OML will be conducting a prize raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold at the registration desk. You can purchase a raffle ticket for $1. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday and will continue until 5 pm Thursday evening.

WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT BREAKFAST MEETING (W.I.G.)
This is an event that brings women from across the state together for the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking speakers on topics such as work/life balance, advancement in the workplace, navigating a career change and more. It serves as an informal platform for networking and establishing meaningful dialogue on issues of relevance to women in local government.


EXHIBITS
One of the most popular places at the conference is the exhibit hall.  Companies that provide products and services to cities and villages will be available to meet with delegates when the exhibit area opens Wednesday afternoon through the reception Wednesday evening & again on Thursday morning.  The exhibits will close Thursday afternoon before lunch. Contact the OML office if you have an interest in exhibiting or sponsorship there is a separate cost and registration form.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

The annual business meeting of the League will take place Friday morning before the General Session. During this important meeting, one-half of the Board members will be elected for a four-year term. Nominations should be submitted to the OML offices by October 6th 2017.  The Nominating Committee will meet Wednesday afternoon.


RESOLUTIONS

Suggested conference resolutions by OML members for consideration during the business meeting should be submitted to the OML offices prior to October 6th 2017. 

HOTEL AND PARKING

Exhibits, general sessions and workshop sessions will all be held at The Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. 3rd Street, Columbus Ohio 43215. 

A special room rate is available for conference attendees. The rate is $159 (King/double). The cut-off date is October 11th, 2017.  Parking will be free for all attendees to the conference, whether you are staying at the hotel or driving in for the day, however you MUST valet park at the hotel in order to get the free parking.

Make Reservations in One of Two Ways:

1) By booking through the guest link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/OMLconfattendee  (Link is case sensitive)  

2) By calling Renaissance Enhanced Group Reservations at: 877-901-6632. Guests will ask for Passkey Reservations and Request Ohio Municipal League Room Block to receive the Group Rate of $159 for a King or Double room