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Monday, March 12

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Future of Work: Building a Jobs Pipeline to the Middle Class

A skilled workforce is essential to rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Are your residents well-prepared for the jobs in this modern economy?  Get insights from business, workforce and training provider communities about strategies to build strong workforce development pipelines in cities. From apprenticeships to investments in training with career paths, city leaders will learn about the leading strategies for understanding your workforce Continue Reading »

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Panel Moderator

  • Brooks Rainwater Senior Executive & Director, Center for City Solutions - The National League of Cities (NLC)

Panelists

  • Mark Stodola National League of Cities President - Mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Maureen Conway VP for Policy Programs/Executive Director Economic Opportunities Program - The Aspen Institute
  • Broderick Johnson Path Forward Senior Advisor - Path Forward Coalition
  • Juliet Ellis Chief Strategy Officer/Assistant General Manager for External Affairs - San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Game-Changer for Affordable Housing

According to NLC’s 2017 Report on Local Economic Conditions, the unmet and growing need for affordable housing is a key impediment to economic improvement for cities—regardless of size. This workshop will focus on ways city leaders can work with Congress and the private sector to make safe, healthy, and affordable housing a priority. NLC Policy Position National Muncipial Policy: Page 84- Continue Reading »

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

The Rising Tide of Preemption

Over the years there’s been a sweeping rise in preemption of local authority by states and the federal government, particularly over telecommunications authority. Gain an understanding of how local governments are being preempted, how to adapt and protect your city in the face of enacted changes, and how to fight back against further preemption by the federal government. NLC Policy Continue Reading »

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10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Urban, Rural and the American Middle: Strategies for Meeting Transportation and Water Needs

Infrastructure projects can be expensive, but it’s an essential investment. Cities of all sizes are facing challenges to cobble together the funds for significant investments from bridges to water systems. This workshop dives into strategies for meeting infrastructure challenges faced by many small communities and how federal legislation can address these challenges. Get best practice examples, NLC resources to help Continue Reading »

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Speakers

  • Jon Pawlow Senior Counsel, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - U.S. House of Representatives
  • Arthur L. Guzzetti Vice President - Policy - American Public Transportation Association

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  • Linda M. Yates Vice Mayor - City of North Port, Florida
  • Nathan Ohle Executive Director - Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Federal Agency Round Robin

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 Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • Earl Lawrence Executive Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Frances Harding Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA - Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Scott Carter Chief, Office of Governmental Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) - U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Kimberly Helm Community Partners Specialist - FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Ebony Rankin Senior Program Specialist - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Kevin Jenkins Integovernmental Affairs Specialist - U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jennifer Rosenberger Intergovernmental & Public Liaison, Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) - U.S. Department of Justice
  • Charlie Shifflett Grants.gov Communications Consultant - Grants.gov Program Management Office
  • Ryan Streeter Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, FEMA - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Elizabeth Thomas Director of Sales and Marketing - Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Rachel Urban Stormwater Lead, Water Permits Division, Office of Water - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Elizabeth Mumaw Chief, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs - Federal Communications Commission
  • Lee Stewart Director of Intergovernmental Affairs - Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Sean Williamson Advisor for Partnerships and Technical Assistance, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office - U.S. Department of Education
  • Arnita Hannon Christmon Intergovernmental Liaison - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Adam Guzzo Advisor for Partnerships and Technical Assistance, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office - U.S. Department of Education
  • Anthony Wilson II Governmental Affairs Specialist - USDA
  • Mark Smith Technology Integration Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office - U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dr. Lynda Davis Chief Veterans Experience Officer - VA Veterans Experience Office
  • Saralyn Adish Chief of Staff - U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Mark Toal National Veterans’ Employment Manager, Office of Strategic Outreach - U.S. Department of Labor
  • Joseph Jenkins Team Leader for Marketing and Outreach for the Office of Apprenticeship - U.S. Department of Labor
  • Nat Beuse Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - U.S. Department of Transportation
  • David Banks Acting Historic Preservation Planning Program Manager, State, Tribal and Local Plans and Grants - National Park Service
  • Erin Dahlin Deputy Chief of Program Operations - Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
  • Christopher Syrek Ex. Dir. of State/Local Gov. Relations - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kellen Grode Workforce Analyst - U.S. Department of Labor
  • Sylvia Doyle Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist - U.S. Census Bureau
  • Richard Gonzales Early Childhood Inter-agency Director - DHHS/ACF/ECD
  • Mary Fleming Chief of Staff, SAMHSA - Department of Health and Human Services
  • Haley Ashcom Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist - U.S. Census Bureau
  • Patrick Dennis Workforce Analyst - U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
  • Robin Utz Branch Chief - U.S. Department of Education/OCTAE
  • Dr. Amy Firestone Senior Advisor, Office of Apprenticeship - U.S. Department of Labor
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Successful Strategies to Address the Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdoses and opioid deaths continue to rise—despite declarations of a national health emergency. With national resources limited and local initiatives many and varied, find viable solutions to combat the opioid crisis in your community. You will learn how to properly use data to make informed decisions about treatment and prevention initiatives. Get an opportunity to expand your leadership capacity Continue Reading »

Panel Moderator

  • James Brooks City Solutions Director - National League of Cities (NLC)

Panelists

  • Sean Fearns Chief of Community Outreach - US Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Richard Leadbeater Global Solutions Manager, State Government & Trade Associations Industries - ESRI
  • Joel Navarro Councilmember - Tempe, AZ
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

What’s Happening in the Courts? A Judicial Update for City Leaders

With ample chatter about the activities of the Executive and Legislative branches, don’t miss out on the Judicial branch happenings relevant to cities. Hear from legal experts about cases being considered by the Supreme Court that may impact local government and updates on legal trends.  

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

Tuesday, March 13

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Resilience in the Face of Increased Threat from Natural Disasters

With the number of severe weather events increasing, nearly every city is potentially at risk of an unexpected natural disaster. Extreme weather events have implications for local infrastructure, as well as public health implications. Moreover, the politics of disaster recovery at the federal level are creating uncertainty around how local leaders plan response and recovery efforts. Learn how to lead Continue Reading »

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8:45 am - 10:15 am

Smart Technology Coming to Your City

From drone deliveries to autonomous vehicles, smart cities equipped with emerging technology are getting a lot of attention in Washington. Get the latest updates on how Congress and the Administration plan to regulate this technology in cities, and how you can influence federal policy to protect local authority and your residents. Plus, get the essential skills to build a smart Continue Reading »

Speakers

  • Jon Martz Director, Government and Public Affairs - Enterprise Holdings
  • Derek Khlopin Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration - U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Katherine Bates Manager of State and Local Partnerships - National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA Program
8:45 am - 10:15 am

Social and Economic Impact to Cities of Heightened Immigration Enforcement

From Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to Sanctuary Cities and increased immigration raids, learn how local businesses, law enforcement and communities are navigating the uncertain immigration landscape. Gain a better understanding of the workforce, public safety and general economic impacts of immigration reform under the current Administration and discuss strategies local leaders are undertaking to make their cities more Continue Reading »

Panel Moderator

  • Lisa Soronen Executive Director - State and Local Legal Center

Panelists

  • Fabian Bedne Council Member - City of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Steve Patterson Mayor - City of Athens, Ohio
  • Joe Buscaino National League of Cities Second Vice President - Councilman, Los Angeles, California
  • James Tobin Executive Vice President & Chief Lobbyist - National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
8:45 am - 10:15 am

Tax Reform: What Happened and What Does It Mean for Cities?

Congress just passed the most comprehensive changes to the U.S. Tax Code in more than 30 years. Every sector of the economy is impacted, including the world of public finance. Cities enjoyed some victories and experienced some setbacks in the final bill, but all of the changes matter to cities. Join us for a deeper dive into the process of Continue Reading »

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  • Kenan Fikri Research Director - Economic Innovation Group
  • Jeffrey DeWitt Chief Finance Officer - City of Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Belarmino Senior Policy Advisor - Government Finance Officers Association
  • John Kinnaird Council Member - City of Waco, Texas
  • Natalie Cohen Managing Director & Head of Municipal Research - Wells Fargo Securities
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

FirstNet: What Local Leaders Need to Know

FirstNet, the country’s first nationwide public safety broadband network, is being deployed — is your city ready? In this workshop, local officials will get an update from FirstNet leaders on the status of the network deployment, and how it will impact their cities. Find out what financial and practical decisions your city needs to make now to fully benefit from Continue Reading »

Panel Moderator

  • Bob Yates Councilmember - City of Boulder, Colorado

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10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Future of Marijuana Policy

Headaches caused by conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws are nothing new, but previous guidance from the Department of Justice provided enough clarity and confidence to allow an entire industry and tax base to flourish in certain states. But, what does the current Attorney General’s decision to rescind that guidance mean for cities? Join us to learn how the Continue Reading »

Panel Moderator

  • Wes Henderson Executive Director - Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities

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10:45 am - 12:15 pm

How Cities Are Recovering Opioid Related Costs

The cost of the Opioid Epidemic to local governments across the nation is staggering. The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently released a report, The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis that estimated the overall cost of the Opioid Crisis at over $500 Billion. There are a number of state and local lawsuits underway against opioid drug manufacturers to Continue Reading »

Panel Moderator

  • Lisa Soronen Executive Director - State and Local Legal Center

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10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Preparing for the Census: What’s in Store for 2020

The 2020 Census will be a historic one on many fronts, including the fact that it will be the first ever Census with an online participation component. As local leaders, you rely on the Census to provide an accurate count of your residents to ensure proper appropriation of federal funding, congressional representation and general study of your community. Every 10 Continue Reading »

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Panel Moderator

  • Mary Jo Hoeksema Director of Governmental Affairs - Population Association of America

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