2023 Annual Conference & Exhibitor Showcase

The leadership conference for special districts.

The CSDA Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase is the one conference special district leaders can’t afford to miss!  It is the most densely packed educational and networking experience available to special districts.

Come together with other special district leaders from across the state to meet with industry suppliers, hear from the best in special district-specific topics with over 30 breakout session options, network with your peers, and more at the leadership conference for special districts. 
For more information and conference schedule visit the conference website.

$675 Early / $750 CSDA Member
$1010 Early / $1125 Non-member
Early bird registration is available through Saturday, August 5, 2023

Interested in Exhibiting/Sponsoring?  Check out all of the opportunities and register here.

Need help paying for this Conference? Scholarship funds are available from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). There's no district budget limit and you do not need to be a CSDA member to receive funds.
Apply here

HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS: Room reservations at the Marriott and Portola Hotel & Spa are available starting at the rate of $229 plus tax. The room reservation cut-off is August 5, 2023; however, space is limited and may sell out before this date. One night’s non-refundable room and tax will be charged at the time a reservation is made for rooms reserved at the Portola and charged on 8/5/23 for rooms reserved at the Marriott.

Information regarding hotel reservations and links to book in the CSDA room block will be emailed to the attendee only (not the individual registering the attendee) within 24 hours of registration.

Eligible for SDRMA Credit Incentive Points.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be in writing and received by CSDA no later than August 5, 2023. All cancellations received by this date will be refunded less a $75 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after August 5, 2023. Substitutions are acceptable and must be done in writing no than later August 18, 2023. Please submit any cancellation notice or substitution request to meganh@csda.net or fax to 916-520-2465.

8/28/2023 - 8/31/2023
Monterey Conference Center One Portola Plaza Monterey, CA 93940 UNITED STATES

Program Options


Monday, 28 August 2023

Guest cannot be from a district/company that does business with districts

This is for Taste of the City only.  A full Guest registration includes Taste of the City entry so this isn't needed.

Join special district elected officials, staff, and business affiliates at this optional fun event. Great golf skills are not necessary! Proceeds benefit the Special District Leadership Foundation scholarship fund. Proceeds benefit the Special District Leadership Foundation scholarship fund. Includes golf with cart, lunch, and prizes Del Monte Golf Course 1300 Sylvan RD Monterey, CA 93940
9:00 AM
9:00 AM

Presenter:  Hilary Straus, CSDM In this informational session, the instructor will lay the ground work for good governance in your district.  Attendees will discover: •Why good governance is so important to the overall well-being of the district.  •The traits of effective board members. •What good governance means and how to effectively put it into practice. •How to move your board from “I” to “we,” including how to become an effective team, establish team standards, and essential conditions for team building. Price includes continental breakfast and lunch.
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
9:00 AM

Presenter:  Scott Carroll, CSDM, Costa Mesa Sanitary District; Melissa Asher, CPS HR A practical career development workshop for senior executives and emerging leaders in special districts. This action oriented workshop includes group and panel discussions on the journey, roles and skill sets of a general manager, identifying GM opportunities including positioning yourself for executive recruitment, developing positive relations with the board, staff and peer agency executives, and leadership practices. Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Limited class size, register early!
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
9:00 AM

Calling all Young Professionals (Young Professional staff or elected officials within a district age 40 and below), this tour is for you!  Join your fellow YPs for the best way to experience the wildlife and nature of Elkhorn Slough, via kayak.  1.5 hour tour will take you to visit sea otters, harbor seals and birds up close.  Tour of Moss Landing Harbor District to follow.  End your pre-conference day networking with your fellow YPs over appetizers and drinks. $90 per person, includes transportation to/from the Convention Center, tour and post tour happy hour. Early registration is encouraged.  Limited to 25 attendees. Due to safety, max weight is 250 lbs.
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
10:30 AM

Playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, boisterous sea lions, and hundreds of bird species abound as you explore one of California's most spectacular wetlands aboard a stable, 27 foot, U.S. Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat in a 1.5 hour tour.  Tour of Moss Landing Harbor District to follow.     $50 per person, includes transportation to/from the Convention Center and tour Early registration is encouraged.  Limited to 25 attendees.
10:30 AM - 1:45 PM
10:30 AM

Tuesday, 29 August 2023

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Let’s keep the party going… Join us for the ultimate Taste of the City After Party!  Belt out your favorite tunes and dance the night away as we let loose to end a great Annual Conference!   $25 includes admission and 2 drinks.  All proceeds support Special District Leadership Foundation. Please refrain from taking photos or videos during the event.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 PM

Thursday, 31 August 2023


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