IMLA Annual Conference

September 25 – 29, 2024
Orlando, Florida

Register now for the IMLA’s Annual Conference, featuring five days of focused programming on the latest in local government law. Benefit from expert-led sessions, practical workshops, and up-to-date legal insights. This event also offers excellent networking opportunities with legal professionals from across the US and Canada, providing a chance to share experiences and build valuable connections. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to advance your knowledge and expand your professional network.

Call for Proposals

This call encourages professionals working on issues important to local government lawyers to submit proposals to present at IMLA’s largest CLE Event. Take this opportunity to share your successes and strategies with local government attorneys from all across the United States and Canada.

Conference Programs

Florida Day Program

The Florida program is a free CLE for Florida attorneys which will provide 4.5 hours of CLE under the Florida Bar. Topics include public camping and sleeping, law enforcement civilian oversight boards, dealing with FEMA, public meetings and public participation, land use and infrastructure financing, and AI and the practice of law (technology credit will be applied for). The program is generously sponsored by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association.

Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL)

The Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL) is an introductory program geared towards attorneys new to local government as well as seasoned attorneys who need a “refresher” on the fundamentals of local government law. Presenters are local government attorneys at the top of their field or law professors specializing in a particular area of relevance. The presentations will provide a broad overview on several topics of interest to local government attorneys and will be in a classroom-type setting. These presentations should be considered 101 level and will help attorneys understand the basics of a number of areas of local government law.

Code Enforcement Program

The Code Enforcement Program is an all-day program geared toward attorneys who either specialize in code enforcement or advise code enforcement officials.

Registration Online

Group Registration

Group Registration is available to register groups of individuals from your office. Discounted rates are available when adding the current rate Member Package while doing a group registration.

Once you click the registration link, under “Registration” in the top menu, click “Group Registration” to register multiple people from your organization at the same time. You have to register individuals in a group in order to receive the group discount. If you are registering individuals under the current rate Member Package, a discount will appear at check out based on the number of registrations you have added.

Please be sure to register all attendees from your organization at the same time to see the correct group discount reflected.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, a first class facility, in Orlando, FL.

All events below are open to all attendees, unless otherwise marked.

Some events may require an additional charge or advance registration, they are marked.

State League / First Time Attendee Reception

State League/First Time Attendees Reception

Wednesday, September 25th – 5:00PM to 6:00PM

This is a reception for state association / state league attendees as well as first time attendees.  For information about the reception, please see the registration table or watch your email for the invitation.

We will be sending an email around for individuals to RSVP prior to the Conference. No other registration is required.

State / Provincial Breakfast

State/Provincial Breakfast

Thursday, September 26th – 7:40AM to 8:40AM

The State/Provincial Breakfast is a buffet breakfast with round table discussions with your fellow attendees from your State/Province and potentially surrounding areas. Advance registration is required, and tickets will not be available on site. 

If you would like to add the breakfast to your registration, please email There is an additional cost.

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 26th – 5:15PM to 6:45PM

Join all attendees for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres and fun while we kick off an excellent Conference! Your badge is required for entry. Guest tickets are available for purchase. No registration is required for full Conference attendees.

WONK Breakfast

WONK Breakfast

Friday, September 27th – 8:00AM to 9:00AM

The WONK Breakfast (know spelled backwards) is a buffet breakfast with round table discussions based on the subject matter of the table. Attendees that have signed up for this breakfast will be contacted closer to the event to rank tables based on the subjects you are interested in. You will sit down with a subject matter expert and enjoy a meal while discussing areas of interest. Advance registration is required, and tickets will not be available on site.

If you would like to add the breakfast to your registration, please email There is an additional cost.



Friday, September 27th – 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Come play or watch the annual IMLA softball game brought to you by Best Best & Krieger! Please bring your own glove.

Land Use Tours

Land Use Tours

Saturday, September 29th – 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Advance registration is required and the tours typically fill quickly. If you would like to add the tour to your registration, please email There is an additional cost.

Lake Nona Tour


Lake Nona Medical City

The introduction of Lake Nona Medical City was perhaps one of Orlando’s defining moments, putting the 650-acre health and life sciences park on the map as one of America’s premier locations for medical care, research and education. In the next decade, Lake Nona Medical City will be home to some of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, research institutions and life science companies, transforming Orlando into a global destination for health care.

Medical City is anchored by the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center, GuideWell Innovation Center, the future UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, UCF Health Sciences Campus and College of Medicine, Nemours Children’s Hospital, University of Florida Research & Academic, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute and Lake Nona Physicians Plaza.

Come see Orlando’s emerging Medical City at Lake Nona firsthand, with stops at the UCF College of Medicine, Boxi Park, and Laureate Park (a New Urbanist neighborhood with a Modernist twist). The tour will also include looks at the 1.2 million square foot VA Medical Center, University of Florida Academic and Research Center, and Nemours Children’s Hospital.  This one-of-a-kind cluster of clinics, classrooms and laboratories is revolutionizing America’s healthcare landscape and the entire Central Florida economy.


Move Nona, a new approach to transportation

Lake Nona is not only a landmark for growing health care technologies — this community is leading the charge when it comes to being a hub for the future of transportation and creating a one-of-a-kind mobility network throughout all of its 17-square miles. With the goal of connecting people to places with less dependency on automobiles, Lake Nona is investing in a number of alternative modes of mobility, including its Move Nona autonomous vehicle initiative and the construction of America’s first high-speed, electric air vertiport mobility hub.

Move Nona is a new approach to transportation, providing Lake Nona residents and visitors with a variety of efficient and interconnected ways to get around. As part of this initiative, Lake Nona engaged Beep! to introduce the region’s first autonomous vehicle network and create what is now the largest and longest-running single-site autonomous vehicle fleet in the country. And, using funds from the federal BUILD grant, Lake Nona’s autonomous network and infrastructure will be expanded from 1.2 miles to more than 25 miles of dedicated AV lanes in the future.

Operating daily, each shuttle holds up to 10 passengers and operates at a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. Though the shuttles are driverless, a Beep attendant accompanies the shuttles. Currently, the cost to ride the shuttles is covered by Lake Nona and Beep! and operate on fixed routes with different stops throughout the community.

Purpose:  The purpose of the tour is to describe how the City of Orlando partnered with Lake Nona, Orange County, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, and other private entities to create the Medical City employment center, to examine the anticipated impacts of a bio-medical cluster on the Orlando region, and to show how Smart Growth and New Urbanist principles have been integrated into the overall vision for the area.


Lake Nona: Other Key Talking Points for Consideration

  • Located in the southeast sector of Orlando adjacent to the Orlando International Airport lies Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile master-planned community developed by Tavistock Development Company that has established a new standard of living with groundbreaking initiatives that integrate technology, mobility, health and wellbeing.
    • Lake Nona is referred to as a living lab, with some of the following as examples:
      • Verizon 5G Innovation Hub and community wide highspeed 5G network
      • First gigabit community in Florida with 30,000+ miles of fiber cable providing high-speed internet
      • Country’s largest and longest-running single site autonomous vehicle fleet
      • Lake Nona Wave Hotel is the most technologically advanced hotel in the world
  • Home to businesses big and small including Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, University of Central Florida, U.S. Tennis Association, Verizon and a burgeoning community of entrepreneurs
  • Hub for leading health and life sciences companies, academic programs and research organizations, or as we know it, Lake Nona Medical City


Attracting companies from across the globe

With its ahead of its time technologies and success, Lake Nona is attracting companies from across the globe to relocate in our city. In 2017, KPMG, one of the fastest growing Big Four professional services firms broke ground on KPMG Lakehouse, its 55-acre, 800,000 square foot Learning, Development, and Innovation facility in the heart of Lake Nona, serving as a testament to the areas growing reputation as a destination where corporate headquarters thrive. The Leaning, Development, and Innovation facility is now open, with more than 300 employees and 40,000 visitors from across the globe doing business in the facility each year.

Recently, KPMG doubled down on its commitment to Lake Nona by announcing the expansion and development of their state-of-the-art Capability Center, which will create another 350 new-to-Florida jobs and stimulate our local economy with employees shopping in our stores, dining in our restaurants and enjoying an abundance of other amenities.


Lake Nona’s neighborhoods: A place where life happens

Lake Nona is more than its technologies, life sciences and destination for global headquarters — it’s a place where life happens. Lake Nona is home to an array of residential neighborhoods with new construction, single-family homes of all styles — from bungalows to cottages, to multistory homes — all of which have a unique vibrancy.

Residents have access to amenities and attractions, such as Boxi Park, the Lake Nona Town Center, Nona Adventure Park, community gardens, and one-of-a-kind dining and retail. Families can enjoy a bike ride, walk or jog on one of the community’s extensive trails, and stop at Crescent, Laureate or Heroes Community Park for a short break, picnic or a game of catch. Whoever you are, there’s something for you to enjoy in the eclectic, community-oriented Lake Nona.

Rick Doyle Memorial Golf Outing

Rick Doyle Memorial Golf Outing

Interested in Sponsoring?

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable options. If you are interested, please contact Caroline Storer.  At IMLA’s Annual Conferences, we generally get anywhere from 750-850 attendees.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors

The Value of Attending an Annual Conference

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