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NLC Conference Workshops Seminars

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Film and Discussion: The Resilience Age

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The Resilience Age documentary illustrates the impact of resilience in cities around the world that face challenges including climate change, sea level rise, economic disparity and pollution. By examining the past, present and future of cities from El Paso, Texas to Medellin, Colombia, the film highlights how communities established resilience. Get real-world examples of communities... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

How the Gig Economy Can Help Cities Thrive

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The gig economy in America is growing exponentially as more than a third of the workforce hold a contractor or part-time gig. From Uber to TaskRabbit, innovative mobile applications offer ways to find work and provide users with more control of their time and income. When the local economy takes a turn, a strong gig... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Improve Your City with Data Driven Leadership

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Data offers city leaders ways to improve services. Discover how you can use data to make the quality of life in your city better. Industry leaders and city leaders will discuss the practical applications of data in the work of city government and review key concepts for data use. Find out how to use data... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Navigating the Growing World of Legal Cannabis

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Cannabis is an industry projected to grow at nearly 30 percent per year over the next decade. It is often hard to remember that just five years ago no state had legal adult use recreational cannabis. Today, 46 states have legalized some use of cannabis (95 percent of the American public), 29 have broad access... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Building Foundations: Investing in Youth to Support Workforce Success

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Is the next generation ready for the future of work? City leaders can be proactive to prepare youth for the workforce by implementing effective strategies that promote professional development long before they enter the workforce. Come to learn how to cultivate a successful workforce that supports sustainable economic growth. During a panel discussion, you’ll hear insights... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

FILM: Leading Through the Storm

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Need advice on how to prepare for a disaster and persuade residents to evacuate? What about leading a response? Maybe you need insights into working with FEMA. Good disaster planning is important, but lessons from real experiences provide even greater value. Watch interviews with elected officials and specialist on the leader perspective versus the technical... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Leadership, Ethics, and Liability in the Era of Big Data

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The benefits of big data are endless but collecting, utilizing and storing data present ethical risks for government and privacy risks for citizens. During this panel discussion, learn the role city leadership plays in ensuring more equitable service to citizens by successfully integrating big data into all department programs. Take advantage of the time to... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Preparing to Rebuild and Reimagine Local Infrastructure

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The National League of Cities has called on Congress to “Rebuild and Reimagine” American Infrastructure, but is your city ready for what may come next? Come to learn how your city can manage the comprehensive infrastructure projects of today, meeting multiple needs across transportation, water, and energy sectors. Hear leaders share stories about local governments... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

World Café: Tools to Mitigate the Housing and Homelessness Crisis

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This is an exclusive opportunity to have meaningful discussions about housing and homelessness topics with peers and experts.  Get solutions to address housing issues like affordability, access and preservation of existing inventory. Hear how leaders develop new communities and implement policies that will safeguard affordable housing for all and take home strategies to address homelessness.

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

FILM: The House We Live In

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Race is not biology. It is a social construct ingrained in politics, economics and culture—and carries various economic impacts and outcomes for communities. Learn the ways America’s institutions and policies, such as redlining and housing policy, advantage some groups at the expense of others. After the film, join in on a dynamic discussion that will... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Leveraging the Entertainment Industry for Economic Benefits

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Discover the economic benefits the entertainment industry brings to cities. From the largest cities and the smallest towns, city leaders will learn how to market your community to film production companies and how to advocate for tax incentive programs in your state. Get insights from city leaders and business partners in the entertainment capital of... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Public Forum: Strategies to Strengthen Local Democracy

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Stronger local democracy is critical, especially during times of national political turmoil, like we’re experiencing today. Join city leaders as they go deeper on a range of topics focused on strengthening the capacity of local government and the vibrancy of civic participation. Local leaders will learn how to overcome the structural hurdles to building local... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Redefining Criminal Justice with Pre Arrest Diversion

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Too often people with mental health issues go untreated and end up entangled in the criminal justice system. Learn how to mitigate public safety challenges in your community by understanding the connection between behavioral health and pre-arrest diversion. Hear a panel of experts discuss successful pre-arrest diversion models and share reasoning for a strong focus... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Reducing Costs in Emergency Management

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2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in United States’ history. It has long been known that every $1 spent on disaster mitigation saves at least $4 in recovery costs, and new tools are making it easier than ever to prioritize your investments. The implementation of technological advances can significantly reduce the time between... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

The Future is Automated: How City Leaders Can Prepare for a New Economic Landscape

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Automation is one of the formidable forces molding the changing economy. It has the potential to impact people across sectors and at various levels of employment and education. From manufacturing and supply chain to retail and food service, many jobs are vulnerable to automation. City leaders will learn to prepare communities for the future of... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Film Discussion: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

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Why are so many children in the richest country managing life so poorly? A child’s earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long cognitive and emotional development, even mental and physical health. Although neuroscience highlights the importance of the early stages in childhood, too often families and communities are challenged... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

World Café: Modernizing City Thoroughfares: How To Maximize Use of Municipal Property

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Discover how to make more functional city thoroughfares. During a panel discussion of government officials and policy experts, city leaders will learn concepts on using right of way zoning to make room for modern technology. Come to learn how to better manage curb space and alleviate traffic, increase transportation options with dockless bike shares and... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Big Ideas for Small Cities

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Small cities—populations under 50,000— represent most U.S. cities and towns. During this signature event, attendees will get ground-breaking ideas from fellow small city leaders proven to uplift the community. This TED-style presentation will feature mayors showcasing initiatives including smart city transformation, downtown revitalization, strategies for accuracy during the 2020 Census and incentive tactics to promote... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

The Housing Crisis: Strategies for Affordable, Safe and Healthy Homes

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Housing is a complex issue that has risen to the top of the priority list in cities across the nation. Come to learn about the complex issues surrounding housing affordability, the impacts of healthy homes, and tools to address these issues in communities around the nation.

9:00 am - 10:15 am

What your city’s budget says about local priorities

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How cities decide to raise revenue and spend money should reflect its community values and priorities. What is your city’s budget saying? Learn how to transform the budget and streamline the process to obtain revenue in ways that do not unfairly burden particular members of the community, and that directs dollars to outcomes that matter... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Building Broadband in Small Cities

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Broadband fuels economic development and success in cities, yet too many small and rural communities have been left on the wrong side of the digital divide. In this session, learn how small cities can build partnerships with private companies, federal and state agencies, and their own neighborhoods to expand broadband access. Participants will gain access... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Ensuring Equity in Workforce Development Programming for Special Populations

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A skilled workforce is a major contributor to a growing economy.  As technology advances, cities must prepare for a new economic landscape that offers training and job opportunities to all constituents. City leaders will discuss strategies that promote equity in workforce development and discover new programs to ensure year-long programming for youth and adults. Local... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Equity at the Forefront of Your Economic Development Toolbox

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Cities thrive when the people thrive— making economic mobility, income inequality, and racial wealth disparity a priority for elected officials. Come to learn how city leaders are intentionally applying an equity lens to economic development in their communities. This session will feature practitioners from the field including representatives from Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

FILM: Heroin(e) Documentary

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Watch the Academy Award-nominated short film Heroin(e) and see first-hand how Huntington, West Virginia—where the overdose rate is 10 times the national average, manages the growing number of opioid overdoses, including prescription pain medications, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, and learn about the psychological toll it has on this community. Hear from police, judges, first... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

World Cafe: Strategies for Sustainable, Livable Communities

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What’s your city’s livability score? Sustainability is a component of maintaining a good quality of life. City leaders will learn how creating sustainable cities aids in the development of long-term and comprehensive strategies that support the triple bottom line – people, profit and planet. During this round-robin style session, local leaders will engage in facilitated... Read more »