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New this year, Convention Center VIP Suite 101 will serve as a Quiet Room where attendees can temporarily escape the excitement of the annual meeting while they await their next workshop session, networking event, or speaking engagement. Please be courteous to others – no phone calls or loud conversations.

Is your municipality equipped to mitigate critical risks?  Natural disasters or mass casualty attacks span a spectrum from a workplace shooting by a disgruntled employee to a sophisticated terrorist attack against densely-occupied and symbolic soft targets – community events, schools, churches, and business districts. Does your First Responder team have what it takes to act fast during an emergency? Learn how to build intelligence, plans, resource capabilities, and trained capacities to effectively respond to any natural disaster or mass casualty attack across the entire spectrum. This workshop allows you to engage with other cities who have experienced the nightmare first hand.

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!