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!

The Annual Business Meeting provides an opportunity for delegates from direct member cities to participate in important organizational business. Voting delegates will act on a series of policy recommendations to help shape the federal advocacy agenda in 2018 and elect the NLC Officers and Board of Directors who will carry out that agenda and guide the organization’s program of activities through the year. This meeting will be held on Saturday, November 18 starting at 2:30 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom B.


Join City Summit delegates for the Closing General Session & Delegates Luncheon, where you’ll hear from incoming NLC President and Little Rock, Arkansas Mayor Mark Stodola and keynote speaker Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Olympic Gold Medalist, CEO & Chairman, Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). Learn about his passion for strengthening American cities and towns, and his actions to develop underserved communities, build inclusion and create an opportunity for all in various cities across America. Get inspired and take away proven tactics that will stimulate your local economy.