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More than anyone, city leaders know that real estate is about location. Equally, no two cities are the same. While some cities are witnessing strong price growth in the home ownership market and rapid rises in rents, other markets are part of a lagging recovery or are already dealing with the consequences of over-building. These dynamics create unique challenges to developing and preserving affordable and market-rate housing. Join this session to learn how city leaders can adapt local policies to support housing development and preservation in weaker markets.

Philanthropies are playing a major role in catalyzing the revitalization and rebirth of cities across America. From climate change and adaptation, to economic development and the arts, foundations and cities are working closer than ever to identify areas where private and public interests intersect, and to produce change for the communities they represent. In this session, learn the various ways in which the philanthropic community is partnering with cities, and better understand how your community can lean on these partnership opportunities to revitalize civic spaces in your own city or town.

Residents with substance addiction and mental illness frequently use very high portions of expensive city services, including emergency medical care and law enforcement responses, which often make little progress resolving the core needs creating a revolving door into and out of city services. Police and fire frontline officials often know who these individuals are, but are rarely equipped to do more than arrest or treat and release. Especially in the face of the opioid crisis and efforts to reduce mass incarceration, cities have developed innovative approaches to improve long-term outcomes for these “high utilizers” and reduce the future burden on city services. Hear successful examples from diverse cities, including a small city, connect with national support resources and peers, and develop a “getting started” action plan to implement at home.

How can your community help ensure equitable opportunities for your residents to succeed in the workforce? Hear from city leaders and key stakeholders in economic development, the workforce and higher education who are part of the Kresge Foundation Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success program. The presenters will share strategies and best practices for building and sustaining pathways to success that you can implement at home.

In many cities, economic advancement is uneven. Economic mobility, income inequality, and racial inequity remain challenges—not only as deeply concerning social problems, but also as economic problems. The NLC Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship helps cities pursue economic development strategies that create more equitable access to opportunities for all residents. EED Fellows will share lessons they have learned, and will empower you to start looking at economic development in your own community through an equity lens.

“Smart” technology being deployed in cities today promises to save energy, ease traffic, simplify parking, and bring many other benefits to cities. Pilot projects in emerging technologies, however, often come with pitfalls. Panelists from small and medium sized cities will discuss their experiences with ongoing smart technology pilot projects in their communities, including autonomous vehicles and drones. Learn about the benefits of integrating transformative technologies into your city and how to conduct successful public outreach and education to help your project succeed. Panelists will share important policy and legal issues to consider when implementing new smart city initiatives, including privacy, cybersecurity, information sharing, data management and analysis, and insurance.

Looking for guidance on how to organize – and sustain – productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use both online and face-to-face processes? Frustrated with the standard “3 minutes at the microphone” public meeting? This NLC University session offers answers from Public Agenda, a leading national nonprofit with 40 years of experience in supporting public engagement on a wide variety of issues. The session will also draw on Public Agenda’s research on Participatory Budgeting, one of the fastest-growing forms of engagement. Led by Matt Leighninger, formerly the lead consultant to NLC’s Democratic Governance Panel, the session will describe the latest tools and formats in the field, help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your public engagement initiatives, and help you plan for a stronger engagement system in your community.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Engagement | Collaboration (Budgeting, Finance)
Level: 301
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.

Once you know the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order, how can you move to the next step? This interactive seminar provides insights and guidance that can transform your style of leading meetings and make you an exceptional presiding officer. Few people are aware of the flexibility that Robert’s Rules offers through its “special rules for small boards” and provisions for adopting special rules of order.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership/Issue Expertise
Level: 101
Audience: All audiences; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back in to your account on the registration site.