Cities are increasingly seeking opportunities to advance racial equity. Learn how local leaders take action by embedding equitable ideologies into their priorities. Hear from a series of local elected officials on how they addressed structural racism by making significant changes in local government including – day-to-day operations, decisions, structures, and policies. This session will share concrete steps local leaders can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

Join other City Summit delegates for a luncheon where you’ll hear from NLC’s incoming president Mayor Mark Stodola and our keynote speakers Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Retired American astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly and former state legislator and U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords represent the very essence of American service and heroism. Ever since an assassination attempt severely wounded Gabby in 2011, the couple has inspired the world with their story of hope and courage in the wake of tragedy, serving as a symbol for the possibility of second chances.

Gabby and Mark will tell the story of their journey and share inspiration for summoning courage through tough times and on the path to new goals. They will leave you with a new appreciation for the tenacity of those who refuse to be defeated, and the motivation to face and overcome any challenge with passion, bravery and your very best.

Four out of five cities indicate that health benefit costs have increased in the past year. Add to this new financial reporting requirements from the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), making these expenses more transparent than ever and thus subject to increased scrutiny. City leaders must be informed and clear on their role in working with staff on this emerging fiscal and communications challenge. This workshop will help city leaders prepare for the GASB ruling pertaining to transparency of financial reporting of Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEBs). Participants will also learn strategies to communicate these newly visible liabilities to constituencies, including employees, the media and investors.

The presence of vacant and abandoned properties can prohibit city officials from building communities of opportunity. But this does not have to be the case. Local leaders across the country continue to use best practices, as well as innovative solutions, to transform properties into assets that can drive revitalization. Join this session to learn tested best practices and current innovations that attendees can bring home to create change.

The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. In 2016, NLC launched a Leadership in Community Resilience program to help elected officials, city staff, and community partners share their experiences and advance local resilience efforts. The pilot initiative is providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities for 10 cities by supporting local resilience initiatives that have been prioritized by each city. Hear from four of those cities in this workshop and learn their process for planning, building engagement, and implementing resilience initiatives with limited resources.

More and more cities are appreciating the important and unique contributions of the youth voice to the community. Putting a focus on policies supporting youth, children and families, plus developing a youth council are both effective ways in which cities better engage their youth. During this session, learn how small cities can develop a strategic plan for youth, children and families, as well as engage young people in the process of local governing. Then, hear from City Summit Youth Delegates on the impact they have had in their communities through serving on their cities’ Youth Councils.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Strengthening Your Systems for Engagement | Thursday, November 16

Across the nation, city officials recognize the perils of an uneducated and under-skilled workforce. Mayors and corporate leaders share the concern that today’s workforce is not prepared for today’s jobs, much less the jobs of tomorrow. Afterschool and summer programs have the unique ability to expose youth to new careers and provide them with key skills to be prepared for the workforce. Hear from leaders in Charlotte on how they’ve built momentum around supporting these expanded learning opportunities to ensure youth across the city have equitable chances at success. Learn action steps that your city can take to inventory your community for afterschool opportunities and get the research and data to back them up.