Special Districts Summit - Midwest

Sep 18, 2019
Chicago, IL


Faster, smarter, and safer is the theme as special districts across the nation are focused on innovation, data analytics, staffing, customer service, process improvement, technology upgrades and other areas that will help them improve efficiency, effectiveness and service delivery while enhancing physical and cyber security. Designed exclusively for special districts, this Summit is all about making your organization future-ready.

With content designed for both the business and technology sides of the house, the Summit will focus on how special districts can seize the opportunities that 21st Century management and new technologies create to transform the way they operate.

This complimentary day of professional development will provide you with toolsactionable plans and a professional network to help ensure your organization is future ready.


Topics will include:

  • Ensuring Resilience for Special Districts – How FirstNet Provides Daily and Crisis Reliability
  • Modernizing Infrastructure
  • Enhancing the Customer Experience
  • Using Data more Effectively
  • Attracting Talent and Building Your Future Workforce
  • Enhancing your Cybersecurity Posture


Who's Coming

Register today and join the growing list of participating regional colleagues from districts including:

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Downers Grove Park District
Elk Grove Park District Fox River Water Reclamation District
Mundelein Park & Recreation District Gary Housing Authority
Rock River Water Reclamation District Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Chicago Park District Rockford Public Library
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

... And many more!


What They Are Saying

"The Special Districts program has provided the unique opportunity for me to collaborate with a diverse set of government professionals – all faced with the challenge of solving their community's needs – by leveraging technological resources."
      Clay Campbell, Administrative Supervisor, Downers Grove Sanitary District

"The Special Districts program provides a great opportunity for technology leaders from special districts to collaborate on the issues many of us face. We can find the support we need, and I think what happens is that we come out smarter after every one of our meetings than we were coming in."
      Dan Rainey, Chief Information Officer, Detroit Water and Sewer

"The Special District Summit on September 18 will be a unique gathering of government organizations representing water, power, transportation, parks and recreation, ports, sewage, bridges and more. The event will include topics on management and leadership, process improvement and emerging technologies to name a few. If last year’s summit is an indicator, this year’s event will be great opportunity for you and your staff to gather lesson’s learned and best practices relevant to any government organization. I hope you can join us!"
      Brian D. Kelley, Chief Technology Officer, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission


 Professional Development

For those attendees who maintain a professional certification, certificates of attendance will be available at the registration desk.

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Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop

25 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Peter Anderson
Chief Information Officer
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Clay Campbell
Administrative Supervisor
Downers Grove Sanitary District

Edith Craig
Saint Charles Public Library District

Molly Hamer
Executive Director
Northbrook Park District

Monica Harris
Executive Director
Schaumburg Township Public Library

Jason Herbster
Executive Director
Crystal Lake Park District

Brian Kelley
Chief Technology Officer
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Ryan Livergood
Executive Director
Warren-Newport Library District

Jeff Nehila
Executive Director
Deerfield Park District

Brian Perkovich
Executive Director
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Dan Rainey
Chief Information Officer
Detroit Water and Sewer

Robert Rudolph, Jr.
Director of IT
Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Omar Sandoval
Director of Information Technology
Naperville Park District

Kevin Shafer
Executive Director
Milwaukee Metro Sewer District

Jeff Small
Chief Information Officer
Great Lakes Water Authority

Dustin Sneath
Superintendent of Information Technology
Elk Grove Park District

Ed Stevenson
Executive Director
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

John Sudduth
Director of Information Technology
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: September 18, 2019

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Alan Whipple
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1418 
E-mail: awhipple@govtech.com


Chicago, IL


Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop

25 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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Event Parking

Government Technology is hosting self-parking at The Crowne Plaza hotel. Please bring your parking ticket to the registration table where a sticker validation will be provided.


Area Hotels

Government Technology does not have a room block established for this event; however, the following hotels are located near the host hotel and may be considered for overnight accommodations:

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown West Loop
116 N Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL. 60661
(312) 648-0000

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown West Loop
118 N Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL. 60661
(312) 930-000

Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St.
Chicago, IL. 60607
(312) 764-1919