At the Congressional City Conference, local officials will hear directly from policymakers and thought leaders, 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 local 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, sustainable infrastructure and building a skilled workforce. City leaders will learn more about these issues.

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 make a difference for cities everywhere. For the final day of the conference, attend pre-scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of your residents.


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

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