This November, the country’s top conference for city leaders comes to North Carolina. With so many speakers, sessions, workshops, colleagues and local attractions, there’s only one question: What will you discover in Charlotte?


The Commodores 2015

The City of Charlotte will host what promises to be an epic closing celebration on Saturday night. Join your fellow delegates in the convention center ballroom for a special performance by the legendary Commodores! Dance the night away with this beloved R&B and funk group that helped define the motown era with hit after hit, including the tune we all know and love, “Brick House.”

And when you need to give your feet a break, sit back and enjoy the local flavor with a specially curated food and beverage menu. You will not want to miss this celebration!

Get a preview of the tunes you might hear in Charlotte:


By the City of Charlotte Host Team and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority |

The Queen City is excited to roll out the royal treatment for the 2017 National League of Cities City Summit, which will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center in heart of uptown Charlotte Nov. 15-18.

“Charlotte is thrilled to host the National League of Cities. The Charlotte City Council and I look forward to the arrival of our colleagues from cities and towns across the country,” said Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts. “NLC has a great record for strengthening our cities and communities and we are honored to contribute to that mission. Charlotte is ready to showcase our real-world solutions to many of the issues facing local governments. We also welcome the opportunity to share the many amenities our vibrant center city has to offer including dining, entertainment, and cultural features that are distinctly Charlotte.”

Ideally positioned as the crown jewel of the Southeast, Charlotte is known for her diversity, distinct neighborhoods and high quality of life. The Charlotte region continues to be one of the fastest growing in the nation. Her charm—as a hub for innovative ideas and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere—will drive strong conference attendance.  NLC City Summit attendees represent small towns and big cities from 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.

Hidden gems await the arrival of this year’s attendees. Rich in culture and history, our city offers many surprises, no matter your interests – sports, art, dining, music, or something else altogether – there’s always something new to discover about the Queen. She shines with nightlife, culture, parks, retail, entertainment and best of all, incredible people. Come experience the eclectic mix of modern and traditional, urban and natural that can only be found here!

You’re invited to stroll under the willow, oak and elm trees in Myers Park, wander the art galleries in NoDa, play a round of golf in Ballantyne or hit one of our trendy rooftops overlooking our skyline in Uptown. Ride our LYNX Blue Line light rail into South End or march to a different beat in Plaza Midwood.

As a complement to the traditional conference structure, the City of Charlotte will conduct 13 high-impact mobile workshops to showcase innovative and successful city initiatives. Guests and spouses will enjoy customized programming throughout the conference, including dynamic tours of the sites and amenities Charlotte is known for, along with special opportunities to experience her history, creativity and natural beauty.

Plans include a mobile bike tour along our cross city trail, exploration of our uptown avenue of the arts, and guided tours of historic sites and special districts as part of the conference line-up. Grab your spot soon! Mobile workshops and spouse/guest tours have limited spaces available, and many fill fast. You can add these tours during the initial registration process, or by logging back in to your registration account if you’ve already registered.

Guides and resources for planning your trip are available online through the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority website,, which features information on the “6 Amazing Experiences Exclusive to the Queen City” and “2017 Charlotte Official Visitors Guide.” Visit for more information and to register.

Dear City Leader:

We are excited to host the 2017 NLC City Summit in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 15-18 and invite you to join us for four days of networking, knowledge sharing, and working to make our cities and towns even better places to live, work, and play.

In addition to seminars that build technical and leadership skills, you will also enjoy mobile workshops throughout the Queen City that showcase some of our real-world solutions to issues facing local governments including our highly successful light rail project, our focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, our aggressive affordable housing initiative, and our world-class sustainability program.  You will also benefit from the more than 250 vendors on hand to introduce you to new products, services, and programs that may offer a perfect solution for your city or town.

All this takes place against the backdrop of our exciting and dynamic city center. We are committed to be a welcoming and inclusive city where everyone feels respected and safe. Our Always Welcome Charlotte campaign is embraced by many of our restaurants, hotels, and shops to reaffirm our community as one that supports, celebrates, and welcomes everyone.

We hope you will find time during your visit to enjoy some of the many amenities our city has to offer including the Levine Center for the Arts which includes The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the US National Whitewater Center. In addition, our vibrant Center City offers dining, entertainment, and cultural features that are distinctly Charlotte.

We invite you to Charlotte to explore all that our city has to offer and welcome the opportunity to share our southern hospitality with you.

With warm regards,

Jennifer Watson Roberts
Marcus D. Jones
City Manager