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.


Join us in Phoenix, Arizona October 31 – November 2, 2022, for the Association of Defense Communities’ Installation Innovation Forum, 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.


Town Halls

  • Army Leadership Town Hall
  • Navy Leadership Town Hall
  • Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation Leadership Town Hall
  • Air Force Leadership Town Hall
  • National Guard Town Hall
  • Installation Leadership Roundtable

Building Installation &
Climate Resilience

  • How the Services Are Addressing Climate Change at an Enterprise Level
  • Addressing Climate Change at the Local and Installation Level: Naval Station Newport, RI
  • How the National Guard Is Tackling Climate Change and How to Support Their Efforts
  • The Sentinel Landscape Partnership: A Southwestern Perspective
  • Looking Beyond the DoD Definition of Resiliency
  • Space Range of the Future: Priorities and Challenges
  • Power Up: An Energy Partnership Between Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Hampton, VA
  • Marine Corps Base Albany, GA Reaches Net Zero: Lessons Learned
  • Using a Public-Private Partnership to Address Water Quality Challenges: A Success Story from Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • New Community Partnerships to Address Resiliency: Fort Huachuca, AZ and Keesler Air Force Base, MS
  • Installation-Community Partnerships to Harden Critical Infrastructure

New Partnerships,
New Opportunities

  • How to Start a Partnership from Scratch: Dover Air Force Base and Delaware
  • Developing a Joint Use, Small Arms and Tactical Training Facility: Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane, WA
  • Collaborating with Tribal Governments to Advance Resilience: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
  • Emergency Mutual Aide Assistance Partnership in Action: Fort Benning and Chattahoochee Valley, GA
  • Leveraging Intergovernmental Support Agreements to Improve Training Opportunities: Pittsburgh Air Reserve Base, PA
  • Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX Named Navy’s Top Base: Using Partnerships to Achieve Excellence
  • How to Succeed as an Installation Partnership Officer: Joint Base Charleston, SC
  • Paving the Way: A Demolition Partnership Between Unified School District 475 and Fort Riley, KS
  • Water Treatment Partnership: Moody Air Force Base and Lowndes County, GA
  • Building the River Region Freedom Park: Maxwell Air Force Base, AL and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Taking on New Roles: How the National Guard Is Adapting to Solve Community Crises
  • Innovative National Guard Partnerships: Success Stories from Across the Country
  • Installation-Community Planner Training: What Community Planners Need to Know
  • Innovation and Partnership at Fort Hood, TX: A “One Community” Success Story
  • Preparing for Expansion: A Partnership Between Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth and Texas

Investing in People
and Infrastructure

  • Space Force University Partnership Program: Building A STEM-Focused Workforce
  • Using the Small Business Innovate Research Program to Build a New Defense Industry Pipeline: Hanscom Air Force Base, MA and MassChallenge
  • Army Small Business Boot Camp: A How-To Guide on Competing for Army Contracts
  • Addressing the Need for Innovation in the Organic Industrial Base
  • Non-DoD Federal Grants: What Else Is Out There for Defense Communities?
  • DoD National Security Innovation Network University Grant Program: What It Is and How Your Community Can Participate?
  • A New Federal Bottom-Up Policy Model: The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program and Beyond

Taking a One Community
Approach to Quality of Life

  • Improving Military Child Education: A New Partnership Strategy Between Fort Polk and Vernon Parish, LA
  • A Public-Private Partnership to Develop Off-Base Housing: Altus Air Force Base and Altus, OK
  • The Five and Thrive Initiative: Improving Quality of Life for Air Force and Space Force Families
  • Using Partnerships to Address National Guard Childcare Challenges
  • Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Challenges
  • New Strategies to Make Your Community More Military-Friendly
  • Identifying Resources for Military Families in Crisis
  • Understanding the DoD Housing Crisis

Next Generation
Installations & Partnerships

  • Building a Visitor Center with New Look Enhanced Use Lease: Air Force Academy, CO
  • The Renovation of Kuhn Hall into a Cutting-Edge Education and Resilience Center: Fort Meade, MD and the Fort Meade Community Alliance
  • A New Statewide Partnership Between Naval Submarine Base New London and Connecticut
  • Go Digital: Take your Military Support Organization to the Next Level
  • Using Partnerships to Prepare for Future Missions: Grand Forks Air Force Base and Grand Forks, ND
  • Future Base Design Prototype: Naval Air Station Oceana, VA
  • Building the Installation Wireless Infrastructure of the Future
  • Electric Vehicles and Microgrids: Case Studies from Across the Country
  • Developing the SMART Military Base
  • Space Range of the Future: Priorities and Challenges
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


Monday, October 31

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

Tuesday, November 1

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

Wednesday, November 2

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



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