General Sessions

Monday, March 13

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Opening General Session

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The Monday morning opening general session will be headlined by Nicolle Wallace--a best-selling author, political analyst for MSNBC, top strategist for the GOP, and the former special assistant to the president and director of communications at the White House under President George W. Bush. Funny and charming, she will share fascinating stories from her time in the White House and on the campaign trail. You’ll enjoy her master storytelling as she examines the latest in politics and the media in a changing landscape and offers her perspective on today’s biggest players and issues.


  • Nicolle Wallace Political Analyst, Bestselling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Afternoon General Session

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The afternoon general session will begin with a panel discussion on the opioid crisis in America. As the nation's communities look to their local leaders to address the causes and consequences of prescription drug and heroin overdoses and deaths, this panel discussion will focus on the leadership challenges and opportunities facing local elected officials.

During the second half of the program, delegates will hear from Department of Veterans Affairs Interim Deputy Secretary Scott Blackburn. He will speak about the VA's continued prioritization of ending veteran homelessness and their on-going partnership with local governments through the National League of Cities.

Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams will also address delegates. Williams served as the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and former assistant secretary of commerce for economic development at the Department of Commerce.


  • Pat Beall Investigative Reporter - Palm Beach Post


Tuesday, March 14

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Closing General Session and Luncheon

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Bestselling author J.D. Vance will keynote the Tuesday afternoon closing general session and lunch. Finding sudden fame when his bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis coincided with an oft-perplexing U.S. election, J.D. Vance offers a unique perspective on a large demographic of America that is misunderstood at best. Raised in a Rust Belt city in Ohio and an Appalachian town in Kentucky, Vance enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, then went on against the odds to graduate from Ohio State University and Yale Law School. His stories will open your eyes to new ideas and perspectives, and perhaps shed some light on a piece of America that’s often left out of the conversation.

Delegates will also hear from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. We’ve invited him to share insight on the need and financing mechanisms for upgrading and improving our nation’s water infrastructure and how doing so can improve community resilience, how brownfields redevelopment can support local economies and the national economy, and how EPA can support local efforts on climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.



  • Scott Pruitt Administrator - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency