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Saturday, November 18

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Shuttle Bus Service – Overflow Hotels

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7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Ask NLC Open

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7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

National Black Caucus Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) General Membership Meeting

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7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Quiet Room Open

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New this year, Convention Center VIP Suite 101 will serve as a Quiet Room where attendees can temporarily escape the excitement of the annual meeting while they await their next workshop session, networking event, or speaking engagement. Please be courteous to others - no phone calls or loud conversations.

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

REAL Council Breakfast

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7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Registration Open

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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Corporate & Enterprise Partners Lounge

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

State League Staff Headquarters

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Big Ideas for Small Cities

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This always-popular mini plenary features TED-style presentations from mayors in smaller communities. Up to five mayors will each present for 10 minutes about a transformative initiative or project in their community. Hear first-hand how creative initiatives are conceptualized, developed, improved, and implemented. Take away ideas you can use at home. (There will be time at the end for questions.)

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Connected Vehicles: Is Your City Ready for this New Technology?

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Traffic congestion in many cities is crippling. But what if vehicles could travel more efficiently and safely by “talking” wirelessly with traffic lights, pedestrians, and with each other? Could connected vehicles ease the traffic burden? To find out, the U.S. Department of Transportation will test connected vehicle technology in two major cities: New York and Tampa. The New York City pilot will be the largest in the nation, with more than 300 traffic signals talking to 8,000 vehicles and more than 100 pedestrians via personal devices. The Tampa pilot will feature 1,500 cars, 10 buses, 10 trolleys, and 500 pedestrians with smartphone apps, and will deploy a variety of connected vehicle technologies to relieve congestion, reduce collisions and prevent wrong way crashes. Attend this session to learn more about connected vehicle technology and the benefits it could bring to your city. You’ll also hear about the institutional, legal, and technical issues that may impact the use of connected vehicle technologies.

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  • Joe Waggoner CEO and Executive Director - Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Creating a City Where Small Businesses Thrive

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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.

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Leading Community Resilience: Lessons Learned

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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.

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  • Don Bessler Public Works Director - Tempe, Arizona
  • Douglas Melnick Chief Sustainability Officer - San Antonio, Texas
  • Lisa Craig Chief of Historic Preservation - Historic Preservation
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

National Black Caucus Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) New Board Orientation Meeting

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

REAL Results for Racial Equity

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NLC's Racial, Equity And Leadership (REAL) group will showcase ways a Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework can be used to set and achieve racial equity goals. Participants will learn how a Seattle department adopted RBA to develop measurable goals and create an organizational culture that focuses on real results for racial equity.

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Transforming Vacant and Abandoned Properties into Community Assets

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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.

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  • View full profile for Armando FanaArmando Fana Department of Housing and Community Development Director - West Palm Beach, Florida

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  • View full profile for Tamás BudaváriTamás Budavári Professor - The Johns Hopkins University
  • Michael Braverman Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tristia Bauman Senior Attorney - National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Boosting Economic Development Through City Branding

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Branding is more than just a marketing strategy and a logo. City branding can be an effective economic development tool to attract human capital, foreign direct investment and tourism. Effective branding not only creates more competitive cities, but also increases innovation and civic engagement, leading to a healthier local economy. In this session, you’ll hear from cities that developed comprehensive city branding strategies and learn how to brand your city, including how to measure the return on your investment.

Relevant NLC University Seminar
Communications Bootcamp | Wednesday, November 15th

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Build Strong Response Tactics For Catastrophic Events

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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.

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  • Dennis Storemski Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security - Houston, Texas
  • Jon Swanson Metropolitan Emergency Services (MEMS) Director - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Lori Pampilo Harris Senior Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer - Orlando, Florida
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

City as Employer: Preparing for New Financial Transparency Reporting Rules

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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.

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  • Anita Yadavalli Program Director of City Fiscal Policy - National League of Cities

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Engaging Your City’s Youth

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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

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

P3s Impacting Economic Mobility through Afterschool Programs

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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, NC and Richmond, VA about how they have engaged the City and business and foundation partners in the private sector to support expanded learning opportunities to ensure youth across the city have equitable chances at success. Why? Because city and business leaders know that successful youth equals economic mobility for young people and their families which means a successful business and strong economy for the city. Learn action steps to inventory your community for afterschool opportunities and get the research and data to back them up, as well as tips to message the importance of afterschool programs to business and philanthropic leaders.

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  • Bela Shah Spooner Manager for Expanded Learning, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families - National League of Cities

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

The Case for Collaboration: Tackling the Infrastructure Backlog

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Cities across the country are dealing with backlogs of much needed infrastructure work, from roads to bridges to parks, buildings and sewer lines. Solid infrastructure is the foundation of economic development and quality of life, but when projects have been deferred for years and funding is tight, it’s hard to know where to begin. In this session, hear from one city that had an enormous backlog of infrastructure work and is now in the second year of a major renewal program. Learn how they implemented the program, including funding sources, prioritization of projects, and working across district lines.

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

The Future of LGBTQ Leadership in America’s Cities

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For decades America's cities have been at the forefront of advancing equality, passing equal rights ordinances, outlawing discrimination, and extending benefits for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) residents. From North Carolina's HB2 and the "repeal" bill that followed to Texas' SB6 and the repeal of Houston’s equal rights ordinance, there has been no shortage of recent activity around LGBTQ rights. What approach should LGBTQ elected officials and allies take to continue advancing equality in this political climate? Hear from LGBTQ elected officials working to protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination. Plus, learn about the Victory Institute’s work to identify, recruit, and train the next generation of LGBTQ leadership at the local, state, and federal level.

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  • Reggie Greer Constituent Engagement Director - Victory Institute

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10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Youth Delegate Workshop: Urbanization & Gentrification

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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing General Session & Delegates Luncheon with Earvin “Magic” Johnson

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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.

Local, pre-session entertainment from Sounds of the Queen City Winner J. Quinn 

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.

This session is sponsored by Bank of America, Holland & Knight, Foundation for the Carolinas, Coca-Cola Consolidated, and Crescent Communities.

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2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Annual Business Meeting

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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.

 

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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7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

City of Charlotte Closing Celebration with the Commodores

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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!