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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

Advocacy Central Booth Open

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Check in with NLC staff to get the latest updates on NLC’s federal action agenda and pick up advocacy materials to assist you in meetings with your Congressional delegation. Attendees are also encouraged to use social
media to advocate for hometown priorities with members of Congress and share what’s happening at the conference on social media sites with their constituents back home.

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

Speakers

  • Julie Willems Van Dijk Associate Scientist and Director - County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program
  • Kathryn Pettit Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center - Urban Institute
  • John Chesser Enterprise Management Analyst - Mecklenburg County; Charlotte, NC
  • Dr. Janet A. Phoenix Assistant Research Professor - George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Karen 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

  • Steve Traina Branch Manager - Institute for Building Technology and Safety

Speakers

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

  • Mike 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

  • Sean Geygen Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC
  • Sophie 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-Sector 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

Speakers

  • Jacquelyn Wax Communications Director - The Intersector Project
  • Neil Britto Executive Director - The Intersector Project

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

Speakers

  • Simran Noor Vice President of Policy & Programs - Center for Social Inclusion
  • Julie Nelson Senior Vice-President - Center for Social Inclusion and Director of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE)

Instructor

  • Leon 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.

Speakers


Sunday, March 12

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Advocacy Central Booth Open

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Check in with NLC staff to get the latest updates on NLC’s federal action agenda and pick up advocacy materials to assist you in meetings with your Congressional delegation. Attendees are also encouraged to use social
media to advocate for hometown priorities with members of Congress and share what’s happening at the conference on social media sites with their constituents back home.

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. Come show off your gameshow skills as we help you get acquainted with the programs, benefits, and members of the organization through NLC Jeopardy! This will be a fun and interactive way to learn tips on how to navigate the conference and identify the conference sessions that will best meet your needs. It will also give you an opportunity to get to know your peers. Come enjoy delightful food, fun, and company – and don’t forget to bring your business cards! We look forward to seeing you there.

Sponsored by Utility Service Partners, Inc., a Home Serve Company

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

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

Speakers

  • David Myers Executive Director - Ponca City Development Authority
  • Penny 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

 

Speaker

  • Dan 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

Speakers

  • Laura Allen Town Administrator - Berlin, MD
  • Mike 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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The Public Sector Retirement Advisory Committee provides guidance and thought leadership to NLC’s Public Sector Retirement Initiative, sponsored by ICMA-RC. The meeting is for Advisory Committee members, which include a broad range of perspectives from financial services, retirement and healthcare industries, cities, academia, think tanks and other local government policy and professional associations.

This meeting is by invitation only.

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Savings and Solutions Programs Table Top Exhibit Open

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NLC’s Savings & Solutions Partners will be available in the registration area to discuss how to provide your city with opportunities to build better communities. All delegates are encouraged to stop by and meet our partners.

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, Mayor Pro Tem, Fairburn, Georgia

Vice Chair
Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor, Lacey, Washington

Speakers

  • Eleni Pelican Energy Policy Advisor, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs - Office of Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jennifer Keller Director, Legacy Fleets Incentives and Assessment Center - Office of Transportation and Air Quality
  • Michael A. Pagano Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Brenna Isman Project Director - National Academy of Public Administration
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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This meeting is open to all NBC-LEO members and those interested in joining NBC-LEO.

Presiding
Hanifa Shabazz, Council President, Wilmington, DE; NBC-LEO President

5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) Business Meeting

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This meeting is open to all NLC members and those interested in joining APAMO. Elections for the 2017 APAMO leadership will be held during the meeting.

Presiding
Polly Low, Mayor Pro Tem Rosemead, CA; APAMO President

5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Youth Program: Dinner and Youth Social

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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Corporate Partners Leadership Reception

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By invitation only.

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) Dinner

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The dinner discussion is hosted by NLC’s Constituency Group: Hispanic Elected Local Officials. Take part in a conversation on the current political arena and challenges for Latino communities and how to improve the immigrant experience in cities.

This event is open to members who’ve paid their HELO conference activity fee.

Speakers

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

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All NBC-LEO members are encouraged attend the committee meeting.

Presiding
Councilmember De’Keither Stamps, Jackson, MS; NBC-LEO 1st Vice President

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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Join APAMO leadership for great networking. The dinner is open to APAMO members and those interested in joining APAMO. Guests will dine at their own expense.

Location:
Lauriol Plaza
1835 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Come join us and get to know the members of NBC-LEO! Open to those interested in joining NBC-LEO.


Monday, March 13

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Advocacy Central Booth Open

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Check in with NLC staff to get the latest updates on NLC’s federal action agenda and pick up advocacy materials to assist you in meetings with your Congressional delegation. Attendees are also encouraged to use social
media to advocate for hometown priorities with members of Congress and share what’s happening at the conference on social media sites with their constituents back home.

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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This annual awards breakfast is hosted by NLC’s Constituency Groups: National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials; the Hispanic Elected Local Officials; and the Women in Municipal Government. NLC’s Constituency Groups recognize municipal programs that encourage citizen involvement and honor cities that develop creative and effective programs designed to improve and promote cultural diversity through a collaborative process with city officials, community leaders and residents. Six cities will be honored this year.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets may be added when you register for the conference or by logging back in to the registration portal. On-site registration is also available at the main conference registration desk.

Sponsored by ICMA-RC

Keynote

  • Nihad AwadNihad Awad Executive Director and Co-founder - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
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 - 9:00 am

CLA Republican Mayors and City Council Caucus Breakfast Meeting

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(This is a closed meeting for CLA Caucus members.)

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Corporate and Enterprise Partners Lounge

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Savings and Solutions Programs Table Top Exhibit Open

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NLC’s Savings & Solutions Partners will be available in the registration area to discuss how to provide your city with opportunities to build better communities. All delegates are encouraged to stop by and meet our partners.

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 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.

Moderator

Speakers

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 how the Administration is shifting on energy and climate policy. 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.

Moderator

  • Carol Werner Executive Director - Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Speakers

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.

Moderator

  • Aileen Carr Racial Equity Manager - National League of Cities

Speakers

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.

Moderator

  • Mike Stanton Head of Strategy and Communications - Build America Mutual, NLC’s preferred provider of municipal bond insurance

Speakers

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.

Speakers

  • Emily Feenstra Deputy Director - U.S. Water Alliance
  • Ed Mortimer Director of Transportation Infrastructure - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Brian Pallasch CAE Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Mark Kersey Councilman - San Diego, CA
10:45 am - 12:00 pm

U.S. Communities Meeting with State Sponsors

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10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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 Advisors Network (APAN) Luncheon

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Afterschool and summer programs serve as an invaluable time for young people to develop critical workforce skills at all ages. Join fellow APAN members and interested local leaders for a luncheon and networking opportunity.

Hear from Erik Peterson, Vice President, Policy, at the Afterschool Alliance about the new Administration’s educational priorities and how they may impact federal funding and policies for afterschool and summer learning. Enjoy a dynamic peer exchange with city officials about successful strategies to ensure young people have access to quality afterschool programs. Learn about connections local leaders are making between afterschool, skill building and workforce development through new innovative cross-sector partnerships.

A free, non-ticketed hot lunch buffet will be provided. All are welcome, but space is limited and elected officials get first priority.

Keynote

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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Come network with female elected officials from across the country and participate in engaging and dynamic small group discussions focused on issues of importance to WIMG during our roundtable discussions. This ticketed luncheon is open to all delegates.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets cost $50 and may be purchased through the registration website or in-person at the registration counter at the conference.

 

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

First Tier Suburbs Council Meeting

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Attend the First Tier Suburbs Council meeting to share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting communities outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas. The First Tier Suburbs Council ensures that the interests of suburbs are reflected in NLC’s advocacy efforts. All delegates from first tier suburbs are welcome to attend and participate in this meeting.

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Large Cities Council Meeting

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The Large Cities Council is open to any local elected official representing a member city with a population of 200,000 or more (or the largest city in a state). Participants share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting large cities. Participation in the Council ensures that the needs of large urban centers are reflected in NLC's advocacy efforts.

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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The University Communities Council is comprised of local officials from municipalities with an institution of higher education within their borders or within adjacent municipalities.  Participants share ideas and creative solutions to the unique challenges affecting university communities. Participation in the Council ensures that the needs of university communities are reflected in the NLC’s advocacy efforts. While official council membership is open only to NLC members, the meeting is open to all conference attendees.

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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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Airport Noise HELP

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We cordially invite you to join us for this year's N.O.I.S.E. Legislative Summit. The National Organization to Insure a Sound-controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.) advocates for federal policies to reduce unreasonable levels of aviation noise through a combination of quieter aircraft, increased noise abatement resources, and the opportunity for local communities to contribute to airport expansion decisions. There will be presentations by N.O.I.S.E. staff and stakeholders on proposed legislative priorities for 2017 and an overview of developments in health-impacts studies of aviation noise, including Julie Marks, the newly appointed, Air Traffic Organization's Community Involvement Manager for Airspace Projects at the FAA, who will give a presentation about her role and the FAA's work on community involvement and will also participate in a Q&A. Please feel free to bring additional guests and colleagues.

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.

(This session will be repeated on Tuesday morning at 10:30 am.)

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.

Moderator

  • Ashley Smith Senior Associate, Grassroots Advocacy - National League of Cities
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.

Speakers

  • View full profile for Rachel DavidRachel David Program Analyst - Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship
  • Erin Gittens Program Analyst - Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA)
  • View full profile for Dean M. Kueter Jr.Dean M. Kueter Jr. Chief of Intergovernmental Affairs - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives
  • Dr. Amy Firestone Program Analyst - U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship
  • View full profile for Star WilbrahamStar Wilbraham Senior Advisor/Director - Office of Intergovernmental Affairs – U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Richard Gonzales Director of Interagency and Tribal Affairs in the Early Childhood Division of Interagency & Special Initiatives - Department of Health & Human Services/Administration for Children and Families (HHS/ACF)
  • Sylvia E. Lyles PhD Director of Office of Academic Improvement - U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Brian Goeken Chief of the Technical Preservation Services (TPS) - National Park Service
  • Josh Murphy Senior Geospatial Analyst - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management
  • Andrea Crooms Acting Chief of Staff - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Kelly Terpak Deputy Director of the Education Innovation Programs - Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)
  • View full profile for Richard LernerRichard Lerner FCC Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Jean Rice Broadband Development Officer - BroadbandUSA, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Megan Brown Chief State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants - National Park Service
  • View full profile for Judy CeresaJudy Ceresa Senior Program Advisor - Grants.gov Program Management Office
  • Derrick Williams Workforce Analyst - U.S. Department of Labor
  • Debi Morey Acting Deputy Director - U.S. EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
  • Scott Carter Chief - FNS Office of Governmental Affairs
  • Linda Charest Military Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Senior Program Specialist - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Randall “Smitty” Smith National Veterans’ Employment Manager - Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)
  • Bernard Bundy Jr. Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs - U.S. Census Bureau
  • Gretchen Gooding Survey Statistician, American Community Survey Office - U.S. Census Bureau
  • Bev Ebersold Director of National Initiatives - United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Tess 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.

Speakers

  • Ann E. Wall Assistant City Manager - Charlotte, NC
  • George Mensah Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development - Miami, FL
  • Martha L. Brown Deputy Commissioner - Milwaukee, WI Department of City Development (DCD)
  • John Griffith National State & Local Policy Director Solutions - Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Amy Cotter Manager of Urban Development Programs - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
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.

Moderator

Speakers

  • Amanda Kellar Director of Legal Advocacy/Associate Counsel - International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA).
  • Lisa Soronen Executive Director - State and Local Legal Center (SLLC)
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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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.

Moderator

  • Pat Beall Investigative Reporter - Palm Beach Post

Speakers

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Airport Noise Reception

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NLC participants who would like to gather in an informal setting with airport noise experts to learn more about the organization and our stakeholders are all invited and welcome to attend. NOISE staff and board members will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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

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This meeting is open to all NLC members. Learn from LGBT leaders what the landscape is for the LGBT community for the next few years.

Presiding
Andy Amoroso, Commissioner, Lake Worth, FL; LGBTLO President

Speakers

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 - 6:30 pm

League of Minnesota Cities Reception and Briefing

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

North Carolina League of Municipalities Reception

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Bar Civita
2609 24th Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-588-1244

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ohio Municipal League Reception

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Youth Program: Youth Voice in the National Political Discussion

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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

CLA Republican Mayors and City Council Caucus Leadership Reception

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Macintyre's
2621 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20852

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 - 10:00 pm

NLC Service Line Warranty Program Cocktail Reception

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Delegates are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Visit with old friends. Make new friends. Mingle. Dance. Or just relax. There will be something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you!

Hosted and sponsored by the NLC Service Line Warranty Program, an NLC Savings and Solutions Program administered by Utility Service Partners, Inc.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Youth Program: Dinner and Evening on Your Own

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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Local Officials (LGBTLO) Reception

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This reception is for members of the LGBTLO constituency group - it is by invitation only.

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Young Elected Leaders Reception

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The National League of Cities in partnership with the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network invite young elected leaders (approx. 18-40) to a reception at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon in the Adams Morgan neighborhood - just minutes from our Congressional City Conference location.

This is an opportunity to network, share ideas and identify ways to act on the unique challenges and opportunities that each of you face as community leaders!

Location:
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
2007 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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Join us for an evening of networking and conversation and dance the night away with dance band To the Max.  This multi-talented, multi-faceted group pays tribute to an overwhelming variety of musical genres. Music of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and today's top music all have a place in their expansive playlist. Swing, classical, waltz, jazz, pop, hip-hop and R&B. The To The Max dance band leaves no stone unturned and their performance is to the maximum.

This event is open to delegates who have paid the NBC-LEO activity fee. This fee can be paid through the registration website or on-site at the registration counter.


Tuesday, March 14

 

7:15 am - 8:30 am

NLC University Leadership Fellows Meeting

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7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Advocacy Central Booth Open

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Check in with NLC staff to get the latest updates on NLC’s federal action agenda and pick up advocacy materials to assist you in meetings with your Congressional delegation. Attendees are also encouraged to use social
media to advocate for hometown priorities with members of Congress and share what’s happening at the conference on social media sites with their constituents back home.

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 - 8:30 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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This meeting is open to all NLC members and those interested in joining HELO.

Presiding
Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, AZ; HELO President

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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All NBC-LEO members are encouraged attend the committee meeting.

Presiding
Councilmember De’Keither Stamps, Jackson, MS; NBC-LEO 1st Vice President

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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By invitation only.

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice – Breakout Room 1

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By invitation only.

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice – Breakout Room 2

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By invitation only.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Savings and Solutions Programs Table Top Exhibit Open

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NLC’s Savings & Solutions Partners will be available in the registration area to discuss how to provide your city with opportunities to build better communities. All delegates are encouraged to stop by and meet our partners.

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.

Moderator

Speakers

  • Miguel A Gamiño Jr. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) - City of New York
  • Karen Archer Perry Senior Policy Analyst - National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA
  • Karima A. Zedan Executive Director, Digital Inclusion + Internet Essentials - Comcast
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

  • Adam Krantz CEO - National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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

  • Naomi Seiler Associate Research Professor - Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Speakers

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.

View workshops here.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Federal Advocacy 101 sponsored by NLC University

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(This session is a repeat of the Monday afternoon session of the same name.)

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.

Moderator

  • Ashley Smith Senior Associate, Grassroots Advocacy - National League of Cities
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.

Moderator

  • Lydia Beyoud Senior Tech and Telecom Reporter - Bloomberg BNA

Speakers

  • Ben Aron Director of State Regulatory and External Affairs - CTIA
  • Tillman L. Lay Partner - Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
  • Yejin Cooke Director of Government Affairs - National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
  • Nicholas Degani Senior Counsel to Commissioner Ajit Pai - Federal Communications Commission
10:30 am - 12:15 pm

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.

Moderator

  • James Brooks City Solutions Director, City Solutions and Applied Research - National League of Cities

Speakers

  • Jan Rader Cheif - Huntington Fire Department
  • Kevin Collins Vice President & Director, Family & Community Support Services - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
  • Nan Whaley Mayor - Dayton, OH
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.

Moderator

  • Dana M. D’Orazio MPAff Program Manager of Postsecondary Education - National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Speakers

  • Shari Garmise Ph.D. Executive Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities - Vice President, Urban Initiatives for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Valarie J. McCall Chief of Government & International Affair - Cleveland, OH Mayor Frank G. Jackson
  • Juan Garcia Global Leader for Career Advancement - Amazon
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.

Speakers

  • Joseph Aiello Partner, Board Member and Investment Committee Member - Meridiam Infrastructure Managers
  • Scott Kubly Director - Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Tomi L. Gerber Assistant Vice President - Corporate Government & Public Affairs Enterprise Holdings
  • Justin Kintz Head of U.S. Policy & Communications - Uber Technologies, Inc.
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 will have two leadership development sessions available during this workshop.

Lobbying and Advocacy: Making the Youth Voice Heard - Roosevelt 1-3
Youth will learn from a panel of experts about lobbying and advocacy. They will then have a chance to apply those skills in an implementation activity to help them understand how they can make their voices heard.

Adult Ally Peer Learning Breakout Session - Roosevelt 4
The best kind of learning is from others who share the same passion with helping our youth become strong future leaders.  Peer-to-Peer Communications or "P2PComm" is model that effectively encourages and captures information shared by professionals with the same passion, responsibilities.  In this session table facilitators will present five common topics relating to youth councils.

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.

Keynote

Speaker

  • Scott Pruitt Administrator - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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 (By Invitation Only)

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2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Business Meeting

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This meeting is open to all NLC members and those interested in joining WIMG.

Presiding
Patsy Kinsey, Councilmember, Charlotte, NC; WIMG President

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Policy Briefing

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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.

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.

Advocacy Day participants are welcome to store/check their luggage in the first floor conference center of the NLC office building between 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The NLC office is located at 660 North Capitol Street, NW.