Our national security has entered a new era. Framed by war in Europe and emerging global threats, readiness priorities are shifting rapidly. At home, the lingering effects of the pandemic and the budget-busting impacts of inflation are having far-reaching impacts on DoD planning. Despite the turmoil, our nation’s defense infrastructure – inside and outside the gate – remains the steady foundation for supporting what happens next. Innovation is no longer a discussion; it’s a reality that needs to happen fast.

Ready to Innovate? Join us in Phoenix, Arizona October 31 – November 2, 2022, for the Association of Defense Communities’ Installation Innovation, the nation’s premiere professional development forum for leaders from installations, communities, and industry. Featuring 50+ sessions, facilitated meetings and networking events, this forum is the only cross-service event that includes participation from hundreds of installations nationally. Over three days, you will have a chance to share new ideas, partnership success stories, and base management best practices. It’s a place for big ideas and ideas ready for action. It’s where innovation happens.

WHO Attends?
  • Over 700 attendees from 46 states and territories
  • Military leaders from all service branches at both the installation and national level
  • Community leaders committed to supporting installation missions and military families
  • Defense industry partners with a vested interest in installation management and defense infrastructure
  • Building Installation & Community Resilience
  • Next Generation Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSAs) and Community Partnerships
  • Evolving National Security Strategies and Missions
  • Identifying DOD and other Federal Agency Grant Opportunities for Communities
  • Fostering Mission-Focused Defense Innovation Hubs
  • Investing in Critical Utilities & Next Generation Telecommunications Infrastructure
  • Providing Quality Military Child Care, Education and Spouse Employment Opportunities
  • Addressing On & Off Base Housing Challenges
  • Joint Land Use Planning and Encroachment Mitigation
  • Innovations in Base Operations & Public Works Planning
  • Medical and Public Safety Partnerships
  • Developing New Partnerships w/ the National Guard and Reserve Component at the Local Level
  • Partnerships for Improving Utilities and Next Generation Telecommunications Infrastructure
  • Developing New Partnerships with the National Guard and Reserve Component at the Local Level
  • Partnerships for Protecting the Environment and for Addressing Contaminants like PFAS

Have an idea for a session for the Installation Innovation Forum program? We are looking to highlight real-life, on-the-ground case studies that can share best practices, lessons learned and ideas for the future. Session formats should include speakers that represent each of the key organizations involved in the case study (installation, community, industry, etc.) and focus on describing the project/initiative from concept to execution. Each breakout session will be approximately 45-60 min in length.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 10.


Monday, October 31

7:00 – 12:00 Registration Open
8:00 – 11:00 Military Service Pre-conference Workshops:
11:00 – 12:30 Lunch – On Your Own
12:30 – 1:30 Opening General Session
Innovation for a New Era
1:30 – 1:45 Networking Break
1:45 – 2:30 Breakout Sessions
2:30 – 2:45 Networking Break
2:45 – 3:30 Breakout Sessions
3:30 – 3:45 Networking Break
3:45 – 4:30 Breakout Sessions
4:30 – 4:45 Networking Break
4:45 – 5:30 General Session
5:30 – 7:00 Special Reception:  Celebrating America’s Defense Communities

Tuesday, November 1

7:00 – 12:00 Registration Open
7:00 – 7:45 Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 Breakout Sessions
8:30 – 8:45 Networking Break
8:45 – 9:30 General Session
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 10:30 Breakout Sessions
10:30 – 10:45 Networking Break
10:45 – 11:30 Breakout Sessions
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch – On Your Own
1:00 – 1:45 General Session
1:45 – 2:00 Networking Break
2:00 – 2:45 Breakout Sessions
2:45 – 3:00 Networking Break
3:00 – 3:45 Breakout Sessions
3:45 – 4:00 Networking Break
4:00 – 4:45 Breakout Sessions
5:00 – 6:00 Innovation Canteen Happy Hour

Wednesday, November 2

7:30 – 12:00 Registration Open
7:30 – 8:30 Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 Breakout Sessions
8:30 – 9:15 General Session
9:15 – 9:30 Networking Break
9:30 – 10:15 Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:15 General Session
11:15 – 12:00 ADC Member Town Hall: Crafting ADC’s 2023 Federal Policy Agenda (ADC Members Only)
12:00 Forum Ends


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Be sure to book your room at the host conference hotel, Hyatt Regency Phoenix. By staying at the host hotel, you’ll be guaranteed the best rate the hotel has to offer, as well as increased networking opportunities with your fellow attendees!

Located just a 10-minute drive away from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, Hyatt Regency Phoenix places the city’s bustling downtown at your feet. Walk to the Arizona Center Shops and entertainment at CityScape, located just two blocks from the hotel. Explore museums, culture, the arts, and Phoenix’s vibrant restaurant scene steps from the hotel’s doors. 

Rooms in ADC’s hotel block are available from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 starting at $259 + applicable taxes.



Early bird Registration closes Friday, May 27. Register today to ensure you receive the best rate!

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