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Monday, March 13

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.

Moderator

  • CarrAileen Carr Racial Equity Manager - National League of Cities

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.

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.

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Tuesday, March 14

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

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
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

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

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