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Friday, March 10

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Conference Registration

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Saturday, March 11

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Registration

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Healthy Cities

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Mayors and city leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns they serve. Across the county, city leaders are taking action to address the underlying factors that influence health and improve the environments where their residents live, learn, work and play. This seminar is designed to  build capacity of city leaders to work across city agencies and engage multi-sector partners to adopt an integrated approach to governing that is data-driven and more comprehensively focuses on health. Additionally, participants will be exposed to a variety of financing strategies that cities can leverage to support and sustain their efforts to build healthier communities.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise/Engagement (Health)
Level: 201
Cost: $150 early bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials; all city sizes

  • ChesserJohn Chesser Enterprise Management Analyst - Mecklenburg County; Charlotte, NC
  • PhoenixDr. Janet A. Phoenix Assistant Research Professor - George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Seaver-HillKaren Seaver Hill Director - Children’s Hospital Association
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University – Lessons Learned from Crisis Leadership

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The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) will share experiences gained through delivery of disaster planning, response, and recovery services across the country. Participants will learn how to adapt these experiences, best practices, and recommendations to suit the needs of their own communities. Participants will be introduced to disaster-related case studies and tools developed to meet the needs of stakeholders at the local level.

Credits: 4
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise/Engagement (Health)
Level: 101
Cost: $250 early bird rate (by January 31); $260 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes

Moderator

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Stronger Together: City Manager and City Council Relations

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In order to successfully deliver services to citizens, elected officials and the city manager must work as a team where everyone understands their role, gets to contribute their voice, and problem solve. In this seminar, learn tangible skills for effective teamwork between the city manager and council. Learn skills and best practices to facilitate positive and productive meetings, create a healthy work environment, and clearly define roles. You'll hear from two individuals, with more than 30 years of local government experience, who are dedicated to creating excellence in municipal government.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Management (Public Administration)
Level: 201
Cost: $150 early bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes

Instructors

  • conduffMike Conduff President of the Elim Group and Former City Manager - The Elim Group
  • Jim HuntJim Hunt President & Founder of Amazing Cities and Past President of NLC - Amazing Cities
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University – Urban Plan for Elected Officials

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Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about and wrestle with the fundamental forces that affect urban development. Participants, playing the role of an inter-disciplinary a real estate development team, will experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth and development challenges. Take part in this engaging session that will allow registrants to work together in competing development teams to analyze and respond to a hypothetical Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of a blighted urban area and pitch their plan to “City Council” –and walk away with a new understanding of how developers think about these opportunities and challenges in their own communities.

Credits: 4
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise (Urban and Community Development)
Level: 101
Cost: $250 early bird rate (by January 31); $260 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials; all city sizes

Please note:  This session is capped at 18 people.

Instructors

  • geygenSean Geygen Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
  • lambertSophie Lambert Senior Director of UrbanPlan - Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
  • Gideon BergerGideon Berger Director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship Program - The National League of Cities
  • Jess ZimbabweJess Zimbabwe Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership - The National League of Cities
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NLC University – Shared Wisdom Luncheon

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This awards program hosted by the NLC University now features inspirational “shared wisdom” from local and national leaders, and brings together certificate recipients to be recognized for their educational achievements. This engaging luncheon incorporates high-profile keynote speakers to help motivate and encourage local leaders.

Fees

Standard - $40 | First Time attendees - $35
All paid NLC University training registrants at the 2017 Congressional City Conference, award recipients, and NLC University Leadership Fellows and Board of Advisors receive a complimentary lunch registration.

Featuring

  • Special keynote address
  • Awards presented by David Baker, Mayor of Kenmore, Washington

Takeaways

  • Learn more about NLC University
  • Gain insight from seasoned officials
  • Support the education and training accomplishments of your peers
  • Network with colleagues
  • Open for onsite registration at the Congressional City Conference
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

State League Steering Committee Meeting

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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University – An Introduction to the Intersector Process: Cross-Section Collaboration in the Public Sector

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This session is designed to introduce public-sector officials and staff to key management tactics for cross-sector collaboration. Through a review of best practices, relevant case studies, and facilitated discussion, this session will equip participants with knowledge to inform the design and implementation of effective partnerships and better understand the value proposition for cross-sector collaboration. The training session will also provide an opportunity for practitioners to reflect on how the differing language and culture of multiple sectors can be better navigated to improve the practice of public-sector-led collaboration.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Engagement (Public Administration)
Level: 301
Cost: $150 bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff, industry professionals; all city sizes

Instructor

  • View full profile for Neil BrittoNeil Britto Executive Director - The Intersector Project
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University – Congratulations, You Got Elected: Now what?

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A new course targeting newly elected officials (within one calendar year) that provides some of the most important lessons and strategies for newly elected council members.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership (Personal and Organizational Leadership Development)
Level: 101
Cost: $150 bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: New local elected officials (within one calendar year); all city sizes

Instructor

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NLC University – REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

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City leaders must step up to take the lead with their police departments, business and community leaders to address racial inequities in their respective cities and towns. City leaders have a unique capacity to engage with their communities on racial equity issues and make smart policy decisions that can reduce racial inequities in institutions and systems and restore police–community trust. Do not wait for a tragedy to occur in your city to address these pressing issues. This session will provide city leaders an opportunity to understand how racial tension has impacted cities across the country. Participants will learn how to shift from reacting to crises and headlines to developing and implementing a proactive and sustainable agenda that advances racial equity. Participants will be able identify specific opportunities to lead local efforts at home that advance racial equity.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership (Personal and Organizational Leadership Development)
Level: 101
Cost: $150 early bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff, industry professionals; all city sizes

Instructor

  • andrewsLeon Andrews Director, Race Equity And Leadership (REAL) - National League of Cities
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NLC University – The Role of City Leaders in Public Sector Retirement

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The retirement benefits offered to public sector employees can seem complicated and bewildering. This free NLC University session will delve into the key facts and issues municipal leaders should consider when evaluating pensions and retiree healthcare to balance human resource needs with fiscal responsibility. The course will also examine the common regulatory, collective bargaining, and statutory constraints leaders face when considering reforms.

This session is sponsored by ICMA-RC.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Management (Budget and Finance)
Level: 301
Cost: $0 - this session is offered at no cost, but requires pre-registration to reserve a spot
Audience: Local elected officials and city staff; all city sizes

Note: Because this seminar is complimentary, registrants do not receive a complimentary ticket to the Shared Wisdom Luncheon. That offer is only valid for paid NLC University seminar participants. Participants in this seminar may choose to purchase a ticket to the Luncheon through Registration.


Sunday, March 12

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Registration

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7:45 am - 8:45 am

New Member/First Time Attendee Breakfast

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If this is your first conference, or you are a new NLC member, you won’t want to miss this breakfast on Sunday at 7:45 a.m. in Marriott Ballroom 1. This event is designed to get you acquainted with the programs, benefits, and members of the organization. It will also give you an opportunity to get up close and personal with the NLC Board of Directors, staff, members, and like-minded professionals. Learn tips on how to navigate the conference and identify the conference workshops that will best meet your needs. Find out how you can participate in NLC committees, councils, peer networks, NLC University, and constituency groups. Come enjoy delightful food and company – and don’t forget to bring your business cards! We look forward to seeing you there.

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Corporate and Enterprise Partners Lounge

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC Board of Directors Meeting

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University Information Desk

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Fostering Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship

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Small businesses are the backbone of your city’s local economy. As an elected leader, you have the power to help local entrepreneurs start, scale, and retain their businesses in your community. This NLCU session will explore strategies for building a supportive environment for small businesses and startups, with a specific emphasis on city policy levers that you can influence. Join this session if you strive to better meet the needs of your local business community.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise (Economic Development)
Level: 201
Cost: $150 bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials; all city sizes

  • MyersDavid Myers Executive Director - Ponca City Development Authority
  • LewandowskiPenny Lewandowski Senior consultant, External relations - Edward Lowe Foundation
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate

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Using messaging appropriate to your audience and context can be critically important to moving initiatives and conversations forward. Communications experts from EcoAmerica will share messaging tips related to urban sustainability and climate issues informed by years of public opinion research data and work crafting and delivering strategic messages related to these issues.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Issue Expertise (Sustainability)
Level: 201
Cost: $150 early bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff, industry professionals; all city sizes

 

  • BarryDan Barry Director - Path to Positive Communities
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University – The Ethical Leader: Rules and Tools

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Ethical Public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess ethically difficult situations and to make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of ethical decision making, the seminar draws the audience into active participation to establish the elements of a personal ethical framework and then challenges audience members to apply that framework to ethically difficult choices involving real municipal government actions.

Credits: 2
Curriculum/Proficiency Area: Leadership (Ethics)
Level: 101
Cost: $150 early bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials; all city sizes

Instructor

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NLC University: Understanding Public Finance

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This session is designed to help local elected officials and city staff understand the role of elected officials in public finance. Attendees will walk away with an understand of critical public finance topics along with best practices and resources that will allow them to better engage in managing a financially sustainable and well managed government. Specific focus will be on understanding financial reports and financial disclosure, the role of elected officials in establishing financial policies, best practices in budgeting. Register for this training if you would like to better understand critical elements of public finance and gain tools and techniques improving the financial management of your jurisdiction.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Management (Budget and Finance)
Level: 101
Cost: $150 early bird rate (by January 31); $160 after January 31
Audience: Local elected officials and city staff; all city sizes

  • AllenLaura Allen Town Administrator - Berlin, MD
  • MuchaMike Mucha Deputy Executive Director and Director - GFOA Research and Consulting Center
9:30 am - 11:45 am

Advisory Council Meeting

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11:15 am - 1:15 pm

Public Sector Retirement Advisory Committee

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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Savings and Solutions Programs Table Top Exhibit Open

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1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Community & Economic Development (CED) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Community and Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.  In addition, the Committee leads efforts in support of federal grant programs that support these activities, including the Community Development Block Grant program.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Gerri Schroder, Councilmember, Henderson, Nevada

Vice Chair
Gyna Bivens, Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas

Vice Chair
Johnnie Warren, Councilmember, Oakwood Village, Ohio

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Energy, Environment & Natural Resources (EENR) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on sustainability-related issues such as water infrastructure and water quality, air quality, energy, climate change, solid and hazardous waste management, local food systems, and public lands. Most recently, the committee has undertaken a holistic view of issues pertaining to water infrastructure, such as financing mechanisms for new and existing infrastructure, what communities and residents can afford to pay, and climate impacts on water and creating resilient infrastructure.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Salvatore Panto, Jr., Mayor, Easton, Pennsylvania

Vice Chair
Hattie Portis-Jones, Councilmember, Fairburn, Georgia

Vice Chair
Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor, Lacey, Washington

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving intergovernmental relations (including Federalism and unfunded mandates), Census, municipal pensions, municipal bonds and capital finance, tax reform, antitrust issues, civil rights, and labor relations. Most recently, the committee has focused on protecting the interests of cities in federal tax reform efforts, including the tax exemption of municipal bonds, and advocating for local taxing authority on online remote sales transactions.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Deverick Williams, Council President, Gadsden, Alabama

Vice Chair
John Kinnaird, Councilmember, Waco, Texas

Vice Chair
Sue Osborn, Mayor, Fenton, Michigan

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Human Development (HD) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Human Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, education, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity, and immigration reform.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Gil Ziffer, Commissioner, Tallahassee, Florida

Vice Chair
Zack Reed, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio

Vice Chair
Angelia Washington, Councilmember, Jacksonville, North Carolina

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Information Technology & Communications (ITC) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Information Technology and Communications Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving telecommunications and information systems (and public access to these systems), privacy concerns, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting, and defense of city rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities.  Most recently, the Committee’s work focused on various ways localities can increase broadband access through municipal broadband, protecting local authority on technology-related tax issues such as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and exploring the transition from old, copper-based telephone networks to digital and IP-based networks.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
David Luna, Councilmember, Mesa, Arizona

Vice Chair
David Baker, Mayor, Kenmore, Washington

Vice Chair
Gary Resnick, Mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) Federal Advocacy Committee

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The Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving crime prevention and law enforcement, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Joel Price, Mayor, Thousand Oaks, California

Vice Chair
Cleophus King, President Pro Tempore, Bessemer, Alabama

Vice Chair
Kristin Szakos, Councilmember, Charlottesville, Virginia

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Transportation & Infrastructure Services (TIS) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports.  Most recently, the Committee’s advocacy focused on protecting the local government interests in efforts to reauthorize a new surface transportation program.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Greg Evans, City Councilor, Eugene, Oregon

Vice Chair
Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Government & International Affairs, Cleveland, Ohio

Vice Chair
James McDonald, Vice Mayor, Pinecrest, Florida

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Louisiana Municipal Association Federal Legislative Briefing

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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth Delegate Orientation and Youth Council Gallery

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Youth will build communication skills during the session. Each city’s youth council will have the opportunity share a poster highlighting the issues facing their city and how their youth council is making a difference. Youth will complete a gallery walk during this session, and posters will remain on display throughout the conference.

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Alabama Delegation Caucus

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4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Georgia Delegation Caucus

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4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Business Meeting

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Youth Program: Dinner and Youth Social

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5:15 pm - 8:45 am

Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) Business Meeting

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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Corporate Partners Leadership Reception

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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

State League Directors and Staff Dinner

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) Off-site Dinner

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6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Policy Committee Meeting

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) Off-site Dinner

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8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Networking Open House

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Monday, March 13

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Conference Registration

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7:30 am - 9:00 am

Diversity Awards Breakfast: Honoring Excellence in Multicultural Initiatives in Cities & Towns

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7:30 am - 8:30 am

State Municipal League Legislative Briefing Breakfast

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7:45 am - 8:45 am

NLC University Board of Advisors Meeting

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7:45 am - 8:45 am

Youth Delegate-Young Elected Officials Networking Breakfast

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Youth delegates will learn how and why to build a strong network and have the opportunity to apply these skills in real-time with young elected officials.

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Corporate and Enterprise Partners Lounge

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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.

Keynote

  • Nicolle WallaceNicolle Wallace Political Analyst, Bestselling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Efficient, Transparent, Trusted: Technology and Tactics for Your Police Force

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Cities are now using technology to reduce crime, improve neighborhoods and drive economic development. Learn about the latest policing technology and tactics you can employ in your community, and understand strategies to ensure your police force is able to adapt to the changing needs of the populations they serve. You’ll gain ideas to help your police force become more efficient, more transparent, and more trusted.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Energy and Climate Policy: What’s Next?

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With the new Administration comes uncertainty and change to federal climate and energy policy, potentially affecting the Clean Power Plan and the U.N. Climate Agreement. As cities continue to take action on improving energy efficiency, using renewable energy, and building community resilience to future extreme weather events, they seek a federal partner to support these efforts. In this session, hear from new Administration officials on their energy and climate priorities. Learn how you can continue to make progress at the local level toward your city’s sustainability and climate goals absent new federal action, and how to resist state or federal preemption of local action.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Immigration Reform: Rising Above the Rhetoric

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Cities have always been and always will be home to immigrants, a population that contributes to the city's economic vitality. It’s important for city leaders to rise above the rhetoric of “sanctuary cities” and understand the relationship between the federal government and the city regarding immigration. In this session you will hear about the Administration's plans for immigration reform and the potential impacts of regulatory actions on your city, including actions that might prevent cities from receiving federal funding. Hear how fellow local leaders are navigating the challenges, and what some mayors are doing to integrate immigrants into their communities in a healthy way.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Municipal Bonds: The Status of the Tax Exemption

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Nearly every city has infrastructure needs. Tax exempt municipal bonds are a primary means of funding infrastructure improvements. Because income from these bonds is tax exempt, cities are able to finance infrastructure investments at lower costs to their citizens. Will proposed federal tax reforms affect the status of the tax-exemption? During this moderated panel session, city leaders, tax and municipal finance experts will discuss the potential impacts of tax reform on the ability of cities to use tax-exempt municipal bonds as a smart funding mechanism for infrastructure. You’ll also hear how bonds can be used in conjunction with public-private partnerships for city projects.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Road to Funding: Fixing America’s Infrastructure

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America's infrastructure, once the envy of the world, has a $3.6 trillion investment backlog to bring it to a state of good repair. Nearly 60,000 bridges are structurally deficient, $170 billion is needed annually to improve roads, transit agencies are cutting service and increasing fares, and cities are facing multiple challenges meeting their water infrastructure needs -- from climate impacts to lead contamination. While both presidential candidates spoke of the need for massive investments in our infrastructure, both proposals fell far short of the total need. In this workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of the scope and history of the nation’s transportation and water infrastructure problem, learn about potential actions in Washington, and hear how you can urge lawmakers to fund our outstanding infrastructure needs, including those in your community.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

U.S. Communities Meeting with State Sponsors

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10:45 am - 11:30 am

Youth Program: Leadership Development Break-Out Sessions

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Youth delegates will have two leadership development sessions available during this workshop.

How Youth Councils Help Shape the Lives of Diverse Members
Three nationally or locally-recognized, diverse youth will share their personal stories of how civic engagement has supported their feelings of inclusion in their communities and helped them develop as leaders. Youth will have the opportunity to discuss in small groups how their own youth council can or does support diverse members.

Building a Shared Mission and Trust within Your Youth Council
Youth will share and learn new ways to create a shared mission and to build trust among the youth in their Council.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Youth Program: Town Hall, State House & Capitol Hill

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Youth delegates will learn how local policy interacts with state and federal policy. Presenters will discuss pre-emption and federalism.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Afterschool Policy Advisor’s Network (APAN) Luncheon

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Come learn about the new Administration’s educational priorities and how they might impact funding and policies for afterschool and expanded learning. Enjoy a dynamic peer exchange with city officials about successful strategies they are using to support young people and make connections between afterschool, skill building and workforce development.

A free non-ticketed hot lunch buffet will be provided. Space is limited and elected officials get first priority.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Airport Noise HELP

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Is your community affected by aviation noise? Stop by to receive more information or discuss your concerns with staff from the National Organization to Insure a Sound-controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E), America’s leading community voice on aviation noise issues. NOISE is a coalition of locally elected officials and industry stakeholders working cooperatively with local and federal government to find workable solutions to the issue of excessive airport noise.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Luncheon (By Invitation Only)

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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

REAL Council Lunch

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Membership Luncheon: Celebrating Women’s History Month

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12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

First Tier Suburbs Council Meeting

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12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Large Cities Council Meeting

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12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Small Cities Council Meeting

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Attend the Small Cities Council meeting to share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting small cities (population of 50,000 or less). The Small Cities Council gives voice to these cities in NLC, and ensures that the interests of small communities are reflected in NLC’s advocacy efforts. All delegates from small cities are welcome to attend and participate in this meeting.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

State League Executive Directors Luncheon

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

University Communities Council Meeting

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Youth Program: Post-secondary Opportunities Fair and Lunch

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Youth delegates will visit with colleges, universities and alternative post-secondary enrichment options, such as CityYear and Americorps. Lunch provided.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) – Council of State Chapters Meeting

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1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Community Leaders of America Republican Mayors Caucus Meeting

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(This is a closed meeting.)

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Corporate Partners Leadership Council Meeting (By Invitation Only)

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1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) – Policy Council Meeting

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1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Federal Advocacy 101 sponsored by NLC University

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Now that you’ve scheduled a meeting with your legislator, what do you do? This session will prepare you to start or continue a strong working relationship with your legislators on Capitol Hill and lobby effectively for cities’ top legislative priorities. Learn more about legislators, develop your own personalized “elevator speech” on legislative issues, and find out more about NLC’s resources for your city to make an impact -- both in Washington and at home.

Note: Because this seminar is complimentary, registrants do not receive a complimentary ticket to the Saturday Shared Wisdom Luncheon. That offer is only valid for paid NLC University seminar participants. Participants in this seminar may choose to purchase a ticket to the Luncheon through Registration.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Federal Agency Round Robin

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This is your opportunity to make connections in Washington and hear directly from federal agencies. You’ll engage in facilitated small group discussions with Administration officials and other local elected leaders through a series of 20-minute rotations. Choose the topics that interest you and learn from federal agency experts about programs and opportunities available to your city. Administration officials will be available to answer your questions about federal resources, tools, grants, and programs of interest to local governments. You’ll also share and learn from other local officials facing similar circumstances and challenges to your own.

Moderator: Carolyn Berndt, Program Director for Sustainability, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities.

  • DevlineMargarita Devlin Executive Director of Benefits Assistance Service (BAS) - Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
  • EbersoldBev Ebersold Director of National Initiatives - United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Mason-ElderTess Mason-Elder Acting Director of Government Relations - Corporation for National and Community Service
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Fostering City Prosperity with Fewer Federal Resources

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How can cities can “do more with less” due to expected cuts in federal resources and support for affordable housing and economic mobility in the new administration and Congress? Join a discussion led by experts from Enterprise Community Partners, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and American Planning Association. You’ll also hear from key staff and elected officials from cities that are innovating solutions to these challenges, including regional approaches.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Judicial Update for City Leaders

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With ample chatter about the activities of the Executive and Legislative branches, don’t miss out on the Judicial branch happenings relevant to cities. In this session you will hear from legal experts about cases being considered by the Supreme Court that may impact local government, plus updates on legal trends. Also, hear the latest on the confirmation process for Justice Gorsuch, including its impact on future court vacancies.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Mayors’ Education Task Force (By Invitation Only)

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1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Youth Program: Conference Workshops

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Youth delegates will have the option to participate with other conference attendees in core skill building workshops such as advocacy training, the federal agency roundtable, and the judicial preview.

View workshops here.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Western Municipal Association Meeting

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Afternoon General Session

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Airport Noise Reception

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4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Local Officials (LGBTLO) Business Meeting

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Colorado Issues Briefing

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Florida League of Cities Reception

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Kansas Legislative Briefing

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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

NLC Service Line Warranty Program Cocktail Reception

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Youth Program: Youth Voice in the National Political Discussion [tentative]

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Youth delegates will hear from leading Senators about the importance and power of youth voice in national politics.

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

League of Oregon Cities Briefing

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5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Association of Washington Cities Reception

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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

League of Arizona Cities & Towns Reception

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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Texas Municipal League Reception (Ticketed Event)

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

League of California Cities Reception

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Youth Program: Dinner and Evening on Own

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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Local Officials (LGBTLO) Off-site Dinner

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7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Young Elected Leaders Reception

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8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Reception

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Tuesday, March 14

 

7:15 am - 8:30 am

NLC University Leadership Fellows Meeting

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7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Conference Registration

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7:30 am - 8:45 am

Council on Youth, Education & Families Meeting

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7:30 am - 8:45 am

Council on Youth, Education & Families Meeting

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7:30 am - 8:30 am

Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) National Breakfast Meeting

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7:30 am - 8:45 am

Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) Business Meeting

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7:30 am - 8:45 am

Military Communities Council Meeting

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The Military Communities Council represents cities and towns that host or are in close proximity to a military base, and experience unique challenges due to this circumstance. The council will continue their discussions around how communities can support transitioning service members, veterans, and their families in finding employment. Specifically, the council will vote on a policy resolution that would be sent to NLC’s Human Development Policy Committee. In addition, the council will discuss other issue areas to focus on during our summer meeting and prepare for a meeting with Rep. Mike Coffman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The meeting is open to all interested attendees.

7:30 am - 8:30 am

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Policy Committee Meeting

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8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Corporate and Enterprise Partners Lounge

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8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice

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8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice – Breakout Room 1

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8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice – Breakout Room 2

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Savings and Solutions Programs Table Top Exhibit Open

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8:45 am - 10:15 am

Digital Inclusion – Getting Everyone Online

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In 2000, only about half of American adults used the Internet. Now, 90% do. But what about the remaining 10%? Access to the internet is critical for many reasons, but especially for education and seeking employment. Learn how your community can help residents bridge the digital barriers keeping them offline, whether those barriers are limited income, lack of technology skills, or lack of access to broadband infrastructure. In this session, cities of all sizes will find out more about the public and private resources available to close the digital divide, as well as best practices learned from other city leaders.

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Keep the Clean Water Flowing

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Is your community trying to keep up with ever-changing environmental rules, regulations, and mandates that affect your water systems? Are you concerned about the sustainability of your water infrastructure in the face of extreme weather events? Hear how the EPA's integrated planning framework can help your community prioritize projects to get the most "bang for your buck," and how Congress is supporting this effort. You’ll also hear how local, state and federal governments are working together to ensure that there is never a drinking water contamination crisis like that in Flint, Michigan, again.

Moderator

  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) CEO Adam Krantz, at the NACWA offices, Friday, December 18 ,2015. (Photo by Max Taylor)Adam Krantz CEO - National Association of Clean Water Agencies

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Public-Private Partnerships 101

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Public Private Partnerships (P3s) have been the subject of much praise as an alternative to traditional service delivery and financing methods, but is it always the best approach? Participate in this workshop to get a broad understanding of P3s, including what they can and cannot do, and which sectors and projects are best suited for these partnerships. Experts will explain how P3s are structured and financed, how P3s have been used to build everything from courthouses and roads to water infrastructure and schools, and how P3s have succeeded and failed in delivering projects ahead of schedule, on budget, and in such a way that that risk is transferred to the parties best equipped to manage them.

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Tackling the Crisis Together: Town Hall on Opioid Action

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Cities across the country – small and large, urban and rural – are increasingly affected by the opioid crisis. Take a deep dive on the opioid epidemic so you can better understand your capacity as a local leader, learn about resources available to communities, and hear about federal funding opportunities. This "Town Hall" style session will feature extensive open dialogue and audience interaction with a goal of identifying and sharing best and promising practices across the nation.

8:45 am - 10:15 am

The Affordable Care Act: Preparing for Change

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As Congress and the Administration review proposals to amend or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have you considered the potential impact on your city? Could health care costs increase? Will your city see other economic impacts? In this session, you will learn about the plans and progress for changes to the ACA, including any regulatory actions that may alter portions of the legislation. Hear from officials, local leaders and partners about the potential impact to cities and how to plan and advocate in response to these changes.

Moderator

  • SeilerNaomi Seiler Associate Research Professor - Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
8:45 am - 10:15 am

Youth Program: Conference Workshops

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Youth will have the opportunity to participate in main conference workshops, including Building a Strong Youth Council in Your City hosted by their peers.

View workshops here.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Building a Youth Council in Your City

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10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Hot Tech Issues for Cities in 2017

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In this rapid-fire session you’ll catch up on the technology topics you need to understand as a local official. Get up to speed on how your city should prepare for the growing Internet of Things and rising cyber threats. Find out how to cope with the meteoric rise in cellular infrastructure construction and the increased interest by federal and state governments in regulating local land use. And hear what is on the horizon with the new Congress and Administration that could affect cities and technology in the coming year.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Taking Care of Your Workforce: Addressing Training, Housing and Transit Needs

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Strong employment in cities and towns is crucial for a healthy national economy. As a city leader, you can promote economic development by initiating policies and programs that strengthen your community’s workforce, including training opportunities, housing options, and reliable transit. In this session, federal officials will share their vision for supporting workforce and economic development. You’ll also get ideas from city leaders who have implemented successful workforce and economic development programs in their communities.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Transportation, Meet Technology: Considering Policy in a Changing Environment

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Technology is rapidly changing transportation across America. The proliferation of ride sharing, the introduction of self-driving cars, and huge local investments in transit—$200 billion across 45 ballot initiatives in 2016 alone—make it clear that the game is changing. Very soon some of the old rules may not apply. Hear from a panel of planning, technology, and transit experts about best practices you should consider when planning for the future of transportation in your community. You’ll also hear how federal policies may shape the future of automated vehicles and road safety.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Youth Delegate Adult Ally Breakout Workshop

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10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Youth Program: Skill-Building Breakout Sessions

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Youth delegates and chaperones will have a choice among skill-building workshops.

Lobbying and Advocacy Through Storytelling
Personal stories are key tools in any lobbyist or advocates toolbox. Youth are experts in their own experiences and can create change by sharing this expertise. This workshop will help youth build skills in sharing their personal stories to create changes in policy or law.

Making the Youth Voice Heard: Building Authenticity in Youth Civic Engagement
Youth will learn about three opportunities to make meaningful contributions to their cities in Youth Council activities by increasing the power youth have through the activities. Topics will include strengthening the role of youth councils in city governance, participatory budgeting to give youth a voice in the city’s budget, and creating community events with authentic youth voice for all youth. Youth will develop a plan to implement one of these options in their home city.

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Closing General Session and Luncheon

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Keynote

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

REAL Board of Advisors Meeting

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2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Clean Slate Clearinghouse Focus Group

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2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Business Meeting

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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Capitol Steps Performance

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We invite you to join us for entertainment from the Capitol Steps. Doors will open at 5:30 and a cash bar will be available.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mississippi Congressional Appreciation Reception

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Wednesday, March 15

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

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We've reserved Wednesday for you to do the important work of meeting with your members of Congress to advocate for the priorities of cities. You will be prepared by NLC prior to your Hill visit with materials, talking points, and tips to ensure your meeting is smooth and effective. Around mid-day, NLC will also hold a legislative briefing on the Hill for NLC members and members of Congress and their staff. This is an excellent opportunity to get face time with the legislators and support NLC's priorities.

You can sign up for a Hill meeting during the conference registration process and we will handle the scheduling for you. Please note that we have a limited number of appointments available through our scheduling system - if you are not able to schedule your meeting directly through NLC's registration process, we will guide you in how to set up a meeting for yourself.