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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, roughly 10 million American homes and buildings receive water from partially lead service lines. Cities have adopted varied approaches to dealing with this challenging situation, but what lessons can we learn? And, what other threats to the health and safety of water and sewer infrastructure should be on the radar? This session will look at the breadth of this issue while presenting solutions and lessons learned that Cities can use.

*Presented by Utility Service Partners, a HomeServe Company

The National Small Business Week Small Business Festival educates and celebrates all the available resources in each city for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn more about the digital media workshops, small business coaching and free trainings hosted in cities across the nation during the small business festival. Get guided access on the steps necessary to bring this collaborative effort to your city.

*Presented by Small Business Festival

Every day, millions of people use Instagram to connect with the people and things that matter to them. Join us to learn how local governments and officials are meaningfully engaging with their communities on Instagram through visuals. See examples, hear best practices, and get tips on how you can get the most out of this powerful platform.

*Presented by Instagram

NOTE: Coffee provided

Moving the transportation sector to a shared, electrified, and automated economy is a critical component to reaching sustainability goals. The benefits of such a transformation extend well beyond the cars on the road—some include, mobility to more communities, new human-centric urban design options, and more livable cities. Uber is committed to driving a more sustainable future of mobility by developing shared, electrified and automated transportation options and collaborating with cities and partners to unlock the benefits these transformations can bring.

This session will cover lessons learned from Uber’s active sustainable mobility efforts, including

  1. Internal and external research efforts to evaluate the impact of ridesharing on local air pollution and urban transportation’s carbon footprint;
  2. Electric vehicle (EV) demonstration launches throughout North America involving thousands of EVs doing millions of rides;
  3. Partnerships with transit agencies—from both urban and rural cities – across North America;
  4. Engagements with cities and developers to launch new mobility oriented developments with minimized parking footprints

*Presented by Uber

Note: Breakfast will be provided

“Devastation doesn’t last, but determination does.” Melodee Colbert Kean, Joplin Missouri

The challenges of facing a hometown disaster – hurricane, flood, tornado, or earthquake – only begin when the storm passes, or the waters subside. It is in the aftermath that the heart and spirit of a community are discovered and reinforced. The tornado that tore through Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 destroyed thousands of homes and cost 161 lives. True to their Midwest values, the people of Joplin recovered and rebuilt, leaving a legacy of public spiritedness where once there was only destruction and debris. Using a short film as catalyst, this discussion will focus on community leadership, shared commitments among neighbors, and the power of open places and sacred spaces.

Introduced by:
Past President Melodee Colbert Kean, Councilmember, Joplin, Missouri

Economic mobility studies show that youth work-based learning experiences like internships, apprenticeships and mentoring programs increase upward mobility for the youth who participate. And a stronger workforce translates to better economic development opportunities for your city. Attend this session to explore youth workforce development through an economic development lens. Learn a holistic approach to address employment needs for youth, including helpful strategies and programs like youth summer jobs programs that you can implement at home.

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

A trend exists among city leaders shifting toward a public health approach to violence, mental illness and drug addiction and away from a purely reactive law enforcement approach. City leaders are taking a longer-term view informed by what works to improve public safety. Hear from a panel of three cities with innovative and successful initiatives, and better understand the connection between local, statewide and nationwide efforts. Take home best practices and lessons learned for developing and implementing a public health approach to these persistent city concerns.

A thriving small business sector leads to more job growth, less inequality, higher median incomes, and stronger social bonds in your community. Yet aspiring entrepreneurs don’t have it easy. The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many cities, loans are hard to get, and competition from e-commerce is on the rise. Hear how some cities are tackling these challenges and making local, independent businesses a centerpiece of their economic strategy.

Speakers will outline concrete policies and initiatives their cities have implemented to be small-business friendly. Highlights include:

  • Zoning policies that create a built environment more conducive to local entrepreneurs.
  • Turning vacant commercial buildings into new businesses.
  • Keeping commercial space affordable as real estate costs soar.
  • Redesigning small business support programs to better meet the needs of entrepreneurs of color.

“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.