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Networking Events

Year after year, NLC conference attendees share that the connections they make and the relationships they build are among the top benefits of attending the conference. We make sure your conference experience is full of these opportunities, so you’ll have plenty of time to share ideas with friends, old and new.

Welcome Reception
After the first day of activity, officially kick off the conference on Wednesday evening with an energetic welcome reception in the exhibit hall. Mingle with your peers as you peruse the products and services offered by over 250 exhibitors, all while enjoying live music, food and beverages. Back by popular demand, the exhibit hall will feature the Market Square for the second year, where you can buy local goods and meet local merchants and artisans bringing you the best of Charlotte.

New Member/First Time Attendee Networking Breakfast
New to the conference? Make some new friends right away at this helpful and welcoming breakfast event on Wednesday morning. In addition to the opportunities you’ll have to meet other newbies, long-time NLC members and staff, you’ll also learn more about the organization and get tips on how to get the most out of your conference experience.

Exhibit Hall Lunches: Thursday and Friday
When it’s time to fuel up mid-day on Thursday and Friday, return to the exhibit hall alongside your fellow attendees and grab a bite while meeting more exhibitors.

State Municipal League Receptions
Looking for familiar faces? Join your state’s municipal league reception to gather with your home state peers. This is a great opportunity to catch up outside your state’s annual conference. Almost every state holds a reception at City Summit, usually Thursday or Friday evening.

Affinity Group Receptions
Join the Constituency Group receptions or networking events held by other groups, such as the Democratic and Republican municipal organizations.

Young Elected Leaders Reception
Always guaranteed to be a good time, join this group to meet others as passionate and ambitious as you are about their local government role. This reception is generally for those age 40 and below, but we don’t check IDs.

Member Council Tailgate Reception
If you’re a member of one of the five NLC member councils, gather together for this special tailgate-style event on Friday evening.

Closing Luncheon
Open to all delegates, this final session on Saturday is a great opportunity to meet new people or continue conversations with familiar faces.

Host City Closing Event
The City of Charlotte will host what will certainly 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. 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!