Changes for 2021




Changes for 2021 – Live Event and Virtual Event


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  • To ensure health and safety for all, the CPC’s plan will adhere to social distancing recommendations by limiting attendance at the sessions held in the Ocean City Convention Center to 600 attendees.
  • The Parade of Flags will transition to a Municipal Showcase, a montage of videos provided by each city/town.  It will be shown repeatedly at the live and virtual events.

Changes for 2021 – Registration Update


  • You may register for both the live and virtual event or the virtual only event. Two choices.
  • Registration for the live event also includes the virtual event registration, BOGO!
  • IMPORTANT:  Everyone may register for the live event until the maximum attendance of 600 is reached. 
  • Virtual conference registrations only include the virtual event and can be completed anytime.
  • Full registration will include one ticket to each lunch and both receptions along with live and virtual access to over 20 educational sessions.  
  • Spouses/guests are not able to attend live conference sessions, workshops, or Expo in 2021 because of limited capacities and social distancing. Guests may attend the Welcome and Closing receptions. 
  • Receptions are ticketed events. Tickets for these events must be purchased prior to the conference on the registration from.
  • Live event spouse/guest registration option is not available in 2021.
  • Event tickets and on-site registrations for the live portion will not be available onsite.

Changes for 2021 - Live Event With Social Distancing Safety


  • Attendees will be split into two groups. Each group will attend sessions in rotation. First group will attend workshop 1,2,3 first, then the second group will attend those same sessions later in the day.
  • ONLY registered attendees and exhibitors will be allowed in the Ocean City Convention Center.
  • All lunches and receptions will be ticketed events.
  • All attendees will have the same workshop opportunities for the live event, with three choices for each session.
  • Affiliate, Department and Chapter meetings cannot occur in the convention center during regular conference hours.
  • Children/guests will not be allowed in the expo hall
  • A Welcome Reception will kick off the live event on Sunday evening at the Clarion Hotel – both indoor and outside space will help keep us safe!
  • A Closing Reception will be held at the Princess Royale Resort – again, indoors and outdoors. 
  • A Banquet dinner is not possible for 2021
  • A phone, tablet, electronic device will be required to access conference information. No program or handouts will be available.  Bring your charger.

Changes have been made to ensure safety and meet current covid-19 requirements – the most important part of planning is YOUR health and safety. The CPC and League staff will continue to monitor the everchanging Federal, State and local pandemic protocol updates.  As restrictions are lifted more space and more opportunities may open to all participants.


Workshops/Learning Labs for 2021


Academy Core Topics (Tentative):

  • Conducting Effective Meetings 
  • Consensus & Team Building 
  • Basics of Risk Management 
  • Ethics 
  • Structure of Government
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Academy Elective Topics will be determined in late spring.

Workshops/Learning Labs include:

  • Municipal Election Issues
  • Using Grant Funds to Improve Community Infrastructure
  • Reassessing Rainy Day Funds
  • Top 5 Tips to Manage Risk
  • What is Economic Development and How Do I Implement It in My Town?
  • Creating a Community of Inclusion
  • Keeping Volunteers Engaged
  • Addressing Our Aging Water & Sewer Infrastructure
  • Waste Management Strategies for a Sustainable Tomorrow
  • Delineating County-Municipal Authority
  • Public Speaking for Municipal Leaders
  • Municipal Strategic Planning & Goal Setting