Friday Morning General Session

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
November 17, 2017

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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