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Sponsor City Summit

It’s the only local government conference that represents all city leaders. Mayors, council members, clerks and professional staff—if they work for cities, we work for them. Our goal is to create a lasting dialogue between the entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s markets and those leading America’s urban and downtown renaissance: elected officials, policy makers, technologists and corporate innovators.

This year, we’ve doubled the number of first-time attendees. We’re reaching audiences that we haven’t tapped before—which means that you can, too.
It’s 2017. We know that just one person can change the face of a company, an industry, and a city. Now just imagine what could happen when we connect the dots.

There’s more than one way to get involved at City Summit. From sponsorships to TED Style talks on your most recent innovation, city leaders want to hear your voice. Big things happen at City Summit, and we’re offering you a seat at the table. Contact Lauren Bradley – bradley@nlc.org to get involved and find out how you can shape the future of cities.

Download the 2017 City Summit Sponsor Prospectus.

Sponsorship Tiers

TITLE – $100,000 (1)

Create a customized conference experience for your company/ organization that builds off of your goals and objectives. Whether your primary goal is brand awareness or direct engagement with city leaders, we will work to ensure that your experience is meaningful, memorable, and exceeds expectations. Bonus – will host a dinner for the Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee.

PLATINUM$50,000

  • Eight (8) complimentary registrations
  • Four (4) invitations to an exclusive board of director’s event
  • One (1) 10×20 complimentary exhibit booth
  • One (1) bag insert (subject to approval)
  • Brand visibility on website, in program book, onsite, during general sessions & on mobile app
  • One (1) complimentary full-page color ad in the conference program book
  • Pre- and post-conference attendee list with names and addresses
  • Bonus: Will host a dinner for the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee.

GOLD$25,000

  • Six (6) complimentary registrations
  • Two (2) invitations to an exclusive board of director’s event
  • One (1) 10×10 complimentary exhibit booth
  • One (1) bag insert (subject to approval)
  • Brand visibility on website, in program book, onsite, during general sessions & on mobile app
  • One (1) complimentary half-page color ad in the conference program book
  • Pre- and post-conference attendee list with names and addresses

SILVER$15,000

  • Four (4) complimentary registrations
  • Brand visibility on website, in program book, onsite, during general sessions & on mobile app
  • Pre- and post-conference attendee list with names and addresses

BRONZE$10,000 and below

  • Two (2) complimentary registrations
  • Brand visibility on website, in program book, onsite, during general sessions & on mobile app.


Sponsorship Options

PLATINUM

GENERAL SESSION $50,000 – SOLD

Signature Event: Connect with city leaders during one of two General Sessions featuring VIP speakers. Deliver brief remarks or provide an introduction for an NLC Officer or featured speaker. Opportunity to provide product/service information in a seat drop as well. Recognized as a Platinum sponsor.

CONFERENCE BAG SPONSOR$50,000 – SOLD

Have your company logo present on a bag provided to each conference attendee. Recognized as a Platinum sponsor.


GOLD

CLOSING EVENT – $40,000 (5) – SOLD

The Queen City will shine at the National League of Cities 2017 City Summit Closing Event. The evening will host all attendees and guests for an unforgettable celebration with music, dining and fun. A festive culmination of the City Summit, the evening is sure to impress! Your company will receive recognition at the event, including verbal recognition and signage. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.

TRANSPORTATION SPONSOR – $40,000

Transportation and shuttle buses will be provided from the conference hotels to the Charlotte Convention Center and to the numerous events, programs, and spouse tours throughout Charlotte during the City Summit. Your company will receive recognition on the transportation for all attendees. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.

OPENING RECEPTION$30,000

Want to welcome more than 3,000 attendees to Charlotte? Host the official launch party and happy hour in our expo hall housing over 250 exhibitors with live entertainment and more. As the official launch party sponsor, you will deliver brief welcome remarks, have ample signage and help create a memorable experience. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION & LUNCH$30,000 – SOLD

Leave a lasting impression on nearly 1,500 attendees as we close out the conference with a luncheon and program. You will have the opportunity to provide brief remarks, introduce an NLC Officer and/or Executive Director, have priority seating, ample signage and provide a seat drop. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.

YOUTH DELEGATES SPONSOR$30,000

Connect with future city leaders. Youth delegates (high school students) are invited to participate in the City Summit as full delegates. During the conference, youth delegates will attend workshops, mobile tours, and an offsite social event where they can network with their peers. Your company will receive recognition at the event, which will feature dinner, entertainment, and activities. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECEPTION & DINNER$25,000 (3)

Attend and sponsor the exclusive, invitation-only Board of Directors Cocktail Reception & Dinner to be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Your company will receive recognition during the Cocktail Reception & Dinner. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.

NLCU TRAINING – $25,000

Sponsor the entire NLCU track of training workshops for city officials. Have a speaking opportunity during one of the key sessions. Branding throughout each session. Recognized as a Gold sponsor.


SILVER

CHARLOTTE FRONT PORCH AREA SPONSOR – $20,000 – SOLD

The Charlotte Front Porch Area will welcome City Summit attendees to the Charlotte Convention Center. Staff from Visit Charlotte will be present to provide information on all of the amazing sights and activities to see and do around the city of Charlotte. Your company will receive recognition in the Front Porch Area. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.

CONSTITUENCY GROUPS AWARDS RECEPTION – $20,000

Be present as Constituency Groups recognize and award local leaders for outstanding work in their community. Opportunity for brief remarks. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.

STATE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE DIRECTORS DINNER – $15,000

Each year, the 49 State Municipal League Directors gather to network and discuss industry trends. Includes two invitations to this exclusive event. Recognized as a Silver sponsor. (NLC Corporate Partners only)

VIDEO WALL – $15,000

Exclusive opportunity to display your message on a six panel array in two locations within the Convention Center. Have the ability to program the video wall solely with your content. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.

NLC CONNECTIONS – $15,000

Located at the heart of the Expo Hall is the NLC booth. Member cities gather here to interact with NLC team members and network with each other. Have your brand front and center of city officials. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.

REGISTRATION – $15,000

Sponsor the registration area and get great brand awareness as every attendee checks into the conference. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.

SHARED WISDOM LUNCH – $15,000 – SOLD

This awards program hosted by the NLC University features inspirational “shared wisdom” from local and national leaders, and brings together certificate recipients to be recognized for their educational achievements. This engaging luncheon incorporates high-profile keynote speakers to help motivate and encourage local leaders. Attended by NLC University training registrants, award recipients, and NLC University Leadership Fellows and Board of Advisors. Speaking opportunity available. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.

BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL CITIES PLENARY SESSION – $15,000

Is your company/organization interested in fostering innovative ideas from communities of all sizes? This plenary session attended by 300 local elected officials, serves as a platform for small city officials to share compelling and creative ideas that they have used to drive change in their communities. Sponsor this session and see the big ideas cities are creating. You will receive special thanks and brand visibility during the event. Recognized as a Silver sponsor.


BRONZE

FOCUS GROUP – $10,000 – SOLD

Interested in learning more about how a municipality functions, what challenges they face, how they address economic development, public safety, and infrastructure? Sponsor a focus group to interact with city leaders to conduct specific research. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

TAILGATE PARTY – $10,000 – SOLD

Tailgate with hundreds of elected officials from each of NLC’s five Member Council Groups: Large Cities, First-Tier Suburbs, Military Communities, Small Cities, and University Communities. Bring your brand swag and sports gear. You will receive brand visibility throughout the event and a special thanks. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

NEW MEMBER/ FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE BREAKFAST – $10,000 – SOLD

Meet and engage with NLC’s newest members and first-time conference attendees as they learn the “in’s and out’s” of City Summit. You will be given the opportunity to deliver brief welcome remarks, provide brand swag, given brand visibility throughout the event and help set the stage. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

HOTEL ROOM BROCHURE – $10,000

Deliver specific company marketing to each attendee’s room at the headquarters hotel via a “door drop”. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

HOTEL KEY CARDS – $10,000

Sponsor the conference headquarters hotel key cards and have your company’s logo on the minds of each attendee at the conference. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

HOTEL ROOM POST-IT NOTE – $10,000

Ever look yourself in the mirror? Deliver a personalized company message to each attendee at the headquarters hotel. The message will feature a post-it note on each room’s mirror. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

SOLUTION SESSIONS – $10,000 (12) – SOLD

Solution Sessions offer a unique education and marketing opportunity for organizations to reach elected city officials and senior city staff. These sessions will provide your company with a forum to share products and solutions for cities, demonstrate thought leadership, provide industry analysis, deliver case studies and best practices in your industry, or create dialogue and the exchange of ideas on a topic important to elected officials. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

MOBILE WORKSHOPS – $10,000 (12)

The city of Charlotte will offer off-site workshops that will showcase collaborative solutions to issues facing local government and innovations and revitalization taking place around the city. Your company will receive recognition on the selected tour. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

CONFERENCE LANYARDS – $10,000 – SOLD

Hottest brand visibility option! Be on every attendee’s mind with the opportunity to have your company’s logo on all the conference lanyards. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

WINDOW CLINGS – $10,000

Display your company logo and/or branding statement on a window cling. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

FLOOR CLINGS – $10,000

Have your company logo displayed on large floor clings throughout workshops, exhibit hall, registration or general session. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

COLUMN WRAP – $10,000

Showcase your brand to attendees as they walk by a column with your company info on it. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

PHOTO BOOTH OR SELFIE SPOT – $10,000 – SOLD

Provide a great memento for attendees by sponsoring the photo booth or selfie spot! Always popular and a lot of fun. Your logo will appear on each photograph. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

DEVICE CHARGING STATIONS – $10,000 – SOLD

Let attendees power up their smart phones, laptops, and other wireless devices without leaving the conference at your customized stations. You will also receive brand visibility and an opportunity to bring your brand swag. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

LARGE CITY RECEPTION – $7,500 – SOLD

Our Large City Member Council is hosting a special reception for Large City elected officials and staff. Your company will receive recognition at the event and have the opportunity to make welcome remarks. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

FUTURE MEMBER RECEPTION – $5,000 – SOLD

This reception gives our non-member attendees a chance to learn more about the benefits and value of being an NLC member, as well as an opportunity to network with NLC Leadership. Your company will receive recognition at the event and have the opportunity to make welcome remarks. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

YOUNG ELECTED LEADERS RECEPTION – $5,000 – SOLD

This provides an opportunity for Young Elected Officials to network, share ideas and identify ways to act on the unique challenges they face as community leaders. Your company will receive recognition at the event and have the opportunity to make welcome remarks. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

NLCU WORKSHOP – $5,000 (multiple)

Do one of our specialized NLCU training events have a special interest to you? Sponsor that particular workshop. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

SPOUSE AND GUEST PROGRAM SPONSORS – $5,000 (5)

A variety of special activities are planned for spouses and guests during the conference. Your company will be acknowledged as a sponsor on-site or in related materials. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

LGBT COMMUNITY EVENT – $5,000 – SOLD

Local elected officials meet and greet with local leadership, advocates, and influencers at an offsite event. Your company will receive recognition at the event and have the opportunity to make welcome remarks. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

CONFERENCE MOBILE APP – $5,000 – SOLD

The NLC mobile app captures 4,000+ attendees and connects with them in a unique and personal way. From their day-to-day schedules to all conference related updates, onsite promotion, this opportunity is brand visibility at its best! Opportunities include banner ads, push notifications, splash screens and more. Custom deals are also available. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES INSTITUTE RECEPTION – $5,000 (3) – SOLD

The NLC Sustainable Cities Institute reception is hosted for city leaders seeking climate-friendly solutions. Your company will receive recognition at the event and have the opportunity to make welcome remarks. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

ICE CREAM NOVELTY STAND – $5,000

Who does not love ice cream? Host an ice cream stand and watch as thousands of attendees see your brand. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

COFFEE/LATTE STAND – $5,000

Can’t have a conference without coffee, right? Help keep everyone alert with a coffee/latte stand! Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

DESSERT STAND – $5,000

Dessert anyone? Sponsor an NLC Dessert Table and have your brand exposed to thousands of city officials. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.

BINGO – $5,000

Sponsor NLC’s exciting Bingo game that is played by conference attendees in the exhibit hall throughout the conference. Recognized as a Bronze sponsor.


Have an idea?

We would love to hear your suggestions about how to create a memorable conference experience for your organization and our attendees.

Reserve Now!

Please reserve your sponsorship opportunity by August 31, 2017 to ensure you are recognized in the Conference program book and to get as much pre-conference recognition as possible.

Let’s talk!

For more information or questions, please contact:

Lauren Bradley
bradley@nlc.org
(202) 626-3052