At the Congressional City Conference, city officials will hear directly from policymakers and thought leaders about the important issues to cities, discover the latest funding opportunities to support economic growth and learn emerging practices to strengthen local communities. The conference will culminate with a visit to Capitol Hill. NLC will coordinate meetings for city officials to discuss their community needs with representatives from their congressional districts.

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Conference Workshops
(75 minutes)

Workshops include presentations, panels and discussions focused on common issues cities face—spanning from homelessness and affordable housing, to access to broadband and workforce development. City leaders will learn more about these issues and how federal and state policies impact local government.

NLC University Seminars
(three to six hours)

Attend half-day or full-day trainings on navigating the duties as a public official. Each seminar is worth one to three credits towards the NLC University certificate program. Topics of discussion range from finance and budgeting, to racial equity and opportunity for economic development. Additional fees are required to register.

General Sessions
(90 minutes)

Get inspired during exciting main stage programming, featuring motivational stories from well-known national leaders. Learn from the success of other leaders and public servants around the world during panel discussions and one-on-one interviews.

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

Whether it’s your first time visiting Capitol Hill or your hundredth, thank you for being a city advocate. During NLC’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, the discussions you have with federal legislators and their staff will help us make a difference for cities everywhere. In this module, you’ll find everything you need to know for a successful day on Capitol Hill with NLC.


NLC will be hosting it’s Congressional City Conference on:

  • March 8-11, 2020
  • March 7-10, 2021
  • March 6-9, 2022