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NLC Conference Workshops

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

(Civic Engagement) Preparing for the 2020 Census

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It’s T-minus one-year until the 2020 Census, and now’s the time to make sure your community is ready. Local leaders have a critical relationship with every census, both as consumers of the invaluable data it produces and as partners in helping to ensure their communities are accurately counted. While this will be the 24th census... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Holistically Managing Water Infrastructure

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The cost for communities to meet their water infrastructure needs is extraordinary. No matter the size of the community, the financial need often far outpaces the financial capability. Local governments are encountering critical demands to upgrade or build new treatment facilities and collection systems to reduce overflows, meet more stringent regulatory requirements, and anticipate the... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Juvenile Justice & Youth Homelessness

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Youth are an often-overlooked population when communities focus on housing; this disparity grows in significance when it comes to youth in the juvenile justice system. However, as Congress recently acknowledged in reforms to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), housing, youth development and quality of life/public safety go hand in hand. This panel... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Making Sure Opportunity Zones Produce Opportunities for Everyone

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Will your community’s plan for opportunity zones mean economic opportunity or economic displacement for current residents? The program’s potential to attract billions of dollars for investment into low-income census tracts has caught the attention of local leaders, but many have raised questions about the long-term impact. Join us to learn about the history of how... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

The Changing Immigration Landscape: How Can Your City Prepare?

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Recent immigration decisions made at the federal level will directly impact programs and policies of cities, towns and villages across the country. Get an understanding of what these recent actions mean for your community from local advocacy organizations and immigration experts. Learn how you can engage more directly at the federal level to provide feedback... Read more »

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Adopting Safety and Equity Along with New Transportation Technology

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Transportation is essential to every community, and it’s changing rapidly with new options, from scooters to autonomous shuttles. However, we’re losing more than 100 of our citizens’ lives a day on U.S. roads and sidewalks, and cyclist deaths are up as well. Our transportation options are also falling short of serving all neighborhoods equally with... Read more »

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Advocacy & Communications: Federal Advocacy 101

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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 pitch” on legislative issues, and find... Read more »

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Broadband Policy in 2019: A Regulatory Minefield

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With new federal rules on 5G infrastructure facing legal and legislative challenges, and new proposals threatening to upend the state and local cable franchising system, how can cities fight for local authority and protect public rights-of-way in 2019? How will the legal battles over Federal Communications Commission rulemaking affect your city’s zoning and ordinances? Join... Read more »

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Leadership in the Face of Opioid Addiction: Local Perspectives

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The opioid epidemic has devastated cities, towns and villages across our country. As Congress works to appropriate funds to aid communities, hear from local leaders involved in a year-long technical assistance project tackling the topic of opioids and learn how they are facing this challenge head-on. Whether your community is just beginning to pull together... Read more »

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

New Policy Approaches to Housing

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Our nation’s communities face a housing crisis. In order to respond to this challenge and create actionable steps for community leaders, NLC has convened a National Housing Task Force representing a breadth of leadership from across America’s communities to create an action plan that helps alleviate the housing crisis. This panel will provide a preview... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Federal Agency Round Robin

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Bring your questions about federal resources, tools, grants, and programs of interest to local governments to this interactive session. Choose the topics most important to your community and learn from federal agency experts about programs and opportunities available for assistance. You’ll engage in facilitated small group discussions with administration officials and other local elected leaders... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Legal Updates: How Actions from the Supreme Court and Lower Courts Impact Cities

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Over the last year, communities across America have been directly impacted by decisions made in our nation’s courts. From preemption to immigration, many of our most pressing issues have been addressed through a legal lens. Get an update on the latest cases to come before the courts, both in the Supreme Court and the lower... Read more »