Learn the hot topics local leaders will discuss at CCC

Be prepared to effectively advocate on Capitol Hill

NLC has prioritized infrastructure as our top federal advocacy priority this year and during the conference, we will talk a lot about how you can get involved in our year-long campaign to rebuild and reimage America’s infrastructure. The workshops and seminars will address challenges related to America’s crumbling infrastructure from various aspects and cover hot topics including the opioid crisis, immigration enforcement, the Census, marijuana policy, and tax reform. What will you learn at #CCCNLC? Check out the workshop topics below.

Safety & Resilience

Increased extreme weather events, unexplainable natural disasters, transit tragedies, and water crises are trending challenges facing our communities. Find ways to develop sustainable systems and stable infrastructure for more resilient cities equipped with tools and resources to endure various challenges.

Community & Housing

Cities today face various challenges with housing and creating welcoming neighborhoods for their demographically diverse residents. Learn about the resources and tools available to help local leaders cultivate welcoming, mixed communities that meet the needs of residents with varying income levels and ethnic backgrounds.

Data & Technology

Technology allows city governments to improve the quality of life in their communities. Find out how city leaders can use data to inform decision-making, what the connected, smart city of the future will look like, and the impacts of the uprising of smart cities across America.

Advocacy & Communication

Help make a difference for cities by speaking up to Congress about local priorities. As a representative of your city, you know the impact federal decisions have on our communities. Get tips and proven strategies to effectively advocate for cities while you’re on Capitol Hill.


Through new approaches, community outreach and education, and even legal action, municipal governments are continuing to lead the most comprehensive efforts to date in the battle against widespread opioid addiction. Learn about what actions city leaders are taking to treat and prevent this widespread public health problem.

Regulations & Legislation

Federal legislation, rules and regulations often affect local government operations, budgets and development. Get updates on the federal policies that will impact your community.  Learn to develop partnerships that will ensure Congress and federal agencies consider the local government perspective when developing legislation and regulatory policy.