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Friday, November 17

6:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Shuttle Bus Service – Overflow Hotels

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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Ask NLC Open

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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration Open

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7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Council on Youth, Education & Families Meeting

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7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Democratic Municipal Officials “Oh So Blue” National Breakfast Meeting

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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Spouse/Guest Tour: Biltmore Estate

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Take a day trip to Asheville to visit America’s largest home. Enjoy an in-depth audio guided tour of this iconic chateau, as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

The luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt is a marvel of elegance and charm, as magnificent today as it was more than a century ago. Your tour of the house will span three floors and the basement. You’ll see displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more that tell stories and illustrate the lives of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees.

Get a close look at original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent. Marvel at magnificent 16th century tapestries, a Library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a bowling alley. Almost all of the priceless objects that you see throughout the house are from George and Edith Vanderbilt’s original collection.

Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking trees in America’s first managed forest, Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted’s genius.

Hike the grounds of the estate at your own pace with an extensive network of trails. Enjoy a walk along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park. Take a stroll on the 2.5 miles of paths in the manicured gardens, and be sure to visit Antler Hill Village and the estate’s historic  winery, where you’ll receive a complimentary tasting.

Cost: $152 per person

Tour includes transportation, guide, admission and audio-guided tour, buffet lunch at Deer Park, access to historic gardens and Antler Hill Village and a wine tasting at the Winery

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Youth Delegate-Emerging Local Leaders Mentoring Breakfast

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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Corporate & Enterprise Partners Lounge

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8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

NBC-LEO Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

State League Staff Headquarters

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8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

State Municipal League Legislative Briefing Breakfast

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Friday Morning General Session

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The second general session will include the following three parts:

I. Preemption Discussion — Lessons Learned
The session will feature a Mayor’s panel focused on the issues of preemption and local control. The panel will explore ways that local leaders, despite preemption efforts at the state and federal level, are using every tool at their disposal to serve their communities, expand economies, and ensure jobs.

II. Rural vs. urban
It’s a simple yet compelling narrative about the dichotomous relationship between place and economic growth. It has become our frame of reference for everything from the opioid epidemic to national election results. Often this characterization is meaningful, particularly to describe post-recession economic trends in the broadest of terms. Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution will join us at City Summit to dig deeper on the urban-rural divide.

III. The History of Race in America —How Local Leaders Build Inclusive Communities

America has struggled with ethnic and racial turmoil  since its inception.  Now more than ever, the debate about the role of race in U.S. history is raging throughout our cities.  What is the expectation for moral leadership from our local officials? Hear from elected officials and national experts about moving out of racial resentment and fear to leadership approaches that build inclusive and equitable communities for all.

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10:15 AM - 1:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

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10:15 AM - 1:30 PM

Market Square Open

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A Public Health Approach for Reducing Crime

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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.

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Achieving Equity in Our Communities Through Economic Development

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In many cities, economic advancement is uneven. Economic mobility, income inequality, and racial inequity remain challenges—not only as deeply concerning social problems, but also as economic problems. The NLC Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship helps cities pursue economic development strategies that create more equitable access to opportunities for all residents. EED Fellows will share lessons they have learned, and will empower you to start looking at economic development in your own community through an equity lens.

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  • Joann Massey Director of Business Diversity & Compliance and Title VI Coordinator - Memphis, Tennessee
  • Kevin Dick Talent Development Director - Charlotte, North Carolina
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Building and Preserving Affordable Housing in Strong Markets

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Nearly a decade after the housing and financial crisis, housing in many cities is in the midst of strong price growth in both the homeownership and rental markets. Housing costs in these strong markets are an ever-present challenge with the impacts felt throughout nearly every issue confronting local leaders. With dwindling federal resources, city leaders in strong markets are facing daunting choices. Join this session to learn and discuss what cities can do to develop and preserve affordable and market-rate housing in a strong housing market environment.

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  • View full profile for Sally StangSally Stang Director, Housing & Community Development - Tucson, Arizona
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Getting Started on Sustainability – Local Governments Taking the Lead

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NLC members all strive to create the best communities for their residents. American cities are learning that smart investments in energy efficiency, water quality, and other sustainability initiatives can provide a healthier environment, attract new business, reduce the risks of climate change, and conserve taxpayer dollars. Under the new Administration, cities are increasingly responsible for managing their own environmental impacts, water quality, air pollution, and more.
We see local declarations to support of the Paris Agreement, pursue 100% Renewable Energy, and more, but what action is behind these proclamations?  Are these bold commitments attainable? Led by the NLC Sustainable Cities Institute, this introductory session will explore the most effective sustainability policies and give you new options to promote the health and wealth of your city.

Moderator

  • Cooper Martin Program Director for the Sustainable Cities Institute - National League of Cities

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  • Dan Barry Director of Path to Positive Communities - ecoAmerica
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Making Data Work for Your City: Identifying Cost-Savings and Improving Services

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It seems that everywhere we look, there are new opportunities for and sources of useful data, but finding effective ways to apply that data to improve our communities often proves to be a challenge. Despite optimism around the potential of data to provide value-added services to a community, it can be difficult to find meaningful connections to existing programs and processes within an organization. During this interactive session, city leaders will learn how to engage data to increase cost effectiveness, innovation, and quality of life for their city. Learn ways to apply data to improve your budgeting process, performance management, and city service delivery processes.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Revolutionizing Government in the 21st Century | Wednesday, November 15

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Making the Internet Work for Everyone

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High-speed internet service is vital to the success of cities. It can spark innovation and economic development, improve education, and increase civic engagement. Constituents of all political affiliations want choice and competition, privacy protections, and a free and open internet. Join this session to learn how cities across the country, elected officials and advocacy organizations are working to advance this policy agenda.

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10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

NLC Spotlight Theater Open

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Strategies to Counter State Preemption

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Local leaders represent the people they govern, and the people want to control their destinies. As cities across the nation increasingly battle state mandates thwarting local priorities, municipal leaders must be strategic to fight state preemption. Learn tactics to counter preemptive actions taken by the state. Get insights from your peers dealing with preemption cases involving labor, civil liberties and minimum wage laws.  Hear insights from legal professionals actively involved in preemption cases. This workshop will immediately follow Friday's general session programming on state preemption of local authority. Expert panelists will continue the discussion with specific tactics for local leaders addressing preemption— one of the biggest threats to city governance today.

Moderator

  • Brooks Rainwater Senior Executive & Director, Center for City Solutions - National League of Cities

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Youth Chaperones – Practices and Structures of Strong Youth Councils

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Youth Program – How Youth Councils Can Support Economic Mobility and Opportunity in Your City

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Youth Program – Leadership of Divided Friends, Youth Councils and Cities

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Youth Program – Youth Experiencing Homelessness Workshop

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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

State League Directors and President’s Lunch

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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Leadership Award Luncheon

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

A New Look at City Service Fees as Revenue Builders

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In the face of tighter budgets and increased demand for services, many cities have moved in recent years to increase fees for service. The fastest growing source of municipal revenue, fees have great potential to help city budgets but also raise equity concerns. During this session, hear about the current trends in municipal revenues, including the most popular and innovative fee types, and understand why cities are increasing service fees. You’ll learn common criticisms of fees for service and how to ensure fees are both efficient and equitable. This interactive session will help you consider the impact of fees in your own city, no matter the size.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Budgeting 101 | Wednesday, November 15

Moderator

  • Trevor Langan Research Associate, Center for City Solutions - National League of Cities
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

First Tier Suburbs Council Meeting

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Getting Started with Building Racial Equity in Your City

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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.

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Large City Council Meeting

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Parks, Public Space, and Nature: Emerging Strategies to Promote Health, Active Living, and Learning

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Cities continue to innovate in the ways they provide and alter spaces to keep kids active and build a culture of health. Join this workshop to better understand how cities can promote children’s physical, mental, social and environmental health through strategic decisions about land use and the programming of public space. Hear lessons learned and inspiring examples from the first three years of the NLC Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative, and take home tools and resources on innovative ways your city can build a healthier environment for your youngest constituents.

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Simplifying Water Management

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The homes and businesses in your city rely on effective water management to protect public health, treat stormwater, manage wastewater, and preserve a clean environment, but effective water management can be complex and costly. Integrated Water Management (IWM), or a "One Water" framework, emphasizes a coordinated approach to built infrastructure and natural watershed systems. It considers the urban water cycle as a single integrated system, in which all urban water flows are recognized as potential resources. Many cities are achieving better water quality or reducing costs by promoting conservation, right-sizing infrastructure, or restoring natural systems throughout the water cycle. Learn how your city can begin to implement Integrated Water Management, including how to build successful partnerships between agencies and utilities with different water oversight authority.

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

University Communities Council

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Vital Economies, Thriving Places: A Look at the Main Street Approach

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For close to 40 years, thousands of cities and towns across the country have used the Main Street Approach to revitalize their local economies in small towns, mid-sized cities and urban neighborhood commercial districts. In total, communities taking part in the Main Street program have generated $65.6 billion in public and private reinvestment, rehabilitated 260,011 buildings, and experienced a net gain of 556,960 jobs and 126,476 net new businesses. As any city leader knows, this level of impact does not occur by chance alone. The Main Street Approach provides municipalities with a practical, actionable framework to bring renewed vitality and enhanced quality of life to downtown. In this session you will learn through moderated roundtable discussions how the Main Street Approach has transformed communities large and small. Hear from elected officials and local Main Street program directors from urban districts and small towns to understand how Main Street works in action.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Urban Plan for Elected Officials| Friday, November 17

Moderator

  • Patrice Frey President and CEO - National Main Street Center

Speakers

  • Julie Metz Downtown Development Director - Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • Jill Holland Mayor - McKenzie, Tennessee
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

World Cafe: Solutions for Homelessness

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Homelessness is a growing challenge facing city leaders, communities, businesses, veterans, families, youth and other vulnerable residents. While some cities have attempted short-term solutions targeting “quality of life” or nuisances from homeless individuals, others have instituted policies, laws, data practices, and programs that make progress toward housing and supporting the homeless and those at risk. Innovative cities and the national organizations supporting them will share what works to reduce the number of people who are homeless in the near and long-term. This interactive world café session will allow city leaders to have in-depth conversations with presenters on a variety of topics related to homelessness. Come ready to discuss your questions and challenges from home.

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Youth Employment Programs: A Tool for Workforce and Economic Development

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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.

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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLC University: The New Workforce: Using Post-Employment Benefits for Recruitment

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Although saving for retirement is a priority for millennials, most Gen Y Americans are focused on mastering basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. Millennials represent more than one-third of American workers, presenting a unique opportunity to attract new talent by offering a strong retirement package. Explore how to use post-employment benefits as a recruitment tool for the new generation of America’s workforce.  Get access to successful programs from your fellow states to implement in your community.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Management | Public Administration
Level: 201
Audience: Local Elected Officials
Cost: Free

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Western Municipal Association Meeting

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Building a Thriving City Through Early Childhood Education

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Business leaders, researchers, and municipal officials agree: early childhood education is one of the best investments a city can make. Hear from leaders in diverse sectors about why early childhood can – and should – be something that every city official, no matter how small or large your city, champions! Research shows that positive experiences in the earliest years of a child’s life are critical to becoming a productive member of the community. Young children who participate in early educational settings develop better language skills, score higher on school-readiness tests, and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. Adults who had strong early educational experiences are more likely to be literate and enrolled in post-secondary education and are less likely to be school dropouts, dependent on welfare or arrested for criminal activity. Additionally, strong early childhood education promotes economic growth, workforce development, and racial equity. NLC is launching a nationwide campaign of city leaders who are building robust early learning systems in their communities. Come to this workshop to learn how your city can join the Early Learning Nation!

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Community Innovations to Address Health Disparities

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Health care disparities are increasingly evident throughout the American population, impacting the viability of our nation’s businesses, from Main Street shops to multinational corporations. Achieving health equity by improving the health and well-being of a diverse population should be a critical imperative for everyone. Local leaders can serve an important role in working collaboratively to connect people to meaningful health information, and identifying creative ways to engage people in health improvement. This panel discussion will feature experts who have delivered creative solutions for pre-diabetes, diabetes, cancer prevention and opioid addiction to overcome cultural and economic barriers to health and wellness within their communities. In addition, Cigna will share insights and innovations in connecting, communicating and educating clients and customers to help close disparities gaps.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Partnering for Better Health | Wednesday, November 15

Speakers

  • Michael Vargas Mayor - Perris, California
  • Peggy Payne Health Equity Strategy & Language Assistance Program Compliance - Cigna Clinical Performance and Quality Organization
  • Lisa Meadows Director of Healthy Kids Outreach Programs - St. Louis Children's Hospital
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Military Communities Council

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Recovering from Catastrophe: A Film and Discussion on Community Leadership

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“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

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Small Cities Council Meeting

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Supporting Maker Entrepreneurs and Small-Scale Manufacturing

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Maker entrepreneurs—those who make things themselves—and small-scale manufacturers are a new, quickly growing segment of the economy. This session will explore this important sector, including how city leaders can support these emerging entrepreneurs. Hear how cities are helping provide technical assistance and affordable working space, and are driving demand for locally-made products.

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

World Cafe: The Future of City Energy Policy

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Cities across the country are committing to clean, renewable energy as a way to power their communities now and in the future. During this World Café session, you’ll hear a series of quick presentations, then engage in small group discussion about a variety of energy policy issues. Learn effective ways to engage with different stakeholders and address common energy issues. Hear from city leaders about what has motivated them to address city energy policy. Get ideas from what other cities around the country are doing to influence and improve local energy policy for the future.

Moderator

  • Deb Perry Program Director - Institute for Sustainable Communities

Speakers

  • John Ostenburg Mayor, Village of Park Forest, Illinois - Executive Board Secretary, Environment & Energy Committee Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
  • Alicia Zatcoff Sustainability Manager - Richmond, Virginia
  • Douglas Melnick Chief Sustainability Officer - San Antonio, Texas
  • Jeri Muoio Mayor - West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Una Song Senior Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Youth Chaperones – Facilitating Constructive, Civil Meetings in the Face on Contention/Disagreement

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Youth Program – How Youth Councils Can Best Use City-Sponsored Social Media

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Youth Program – How Youth Councils Can Support Inclusion of Diverse Community Members in Your City

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Constituency Group Affinity Reception

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Florida League of Cities Reception

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Iowa League of Cities Reception

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

League of Arizona Cities and Towns Reception

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5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Member Council Tailgate

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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Alabama Delegation Reception

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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Association of Washington Cities and League of Oregon Cities Reception

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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

League of Kansas Municipalities & Missouri Municipal League Reception(OFFSITE)

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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Colorado/Wyoming Reception

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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

League of California Cities Reception

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6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Youth Delegate Social at Carowinds

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Get ready for an exciting, thrill-seeking experience at our local amusement park hot-spot, Carowinds! Youth will experience roaring roller coasters, take selfies with the 70-foot WinterFest holiday tree, relax, and hang out with new friends from across the country. The event is sponsored by Carowinds and hosted by the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council.

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Youth Program – Youth Social at Carowinds

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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tennessee State League Reception

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7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Young Elected Leaders Reception

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8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Celebration for Incoming NLC President and Little Rock, Arkansas Mayor Mark Stodola

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