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NLC’s City Summit is coming to Charlotte, North Carolina, November 15-18, 2017.

Only once a year do local leaders – both elected and staff – have such a unique opportunity to come together and learn from experts and each other.  The 2017 City Summit will give you plenty of opportunities to learn with NLC University seminars to build your technical and leadership skills, Host City Mobile Workshops around Charlotte that showcase real-world collaborative solutions to issues facing local government, and an abundance of conference workshop sessions spanning the topics most relevant to you and your community:

  • Economic Development
  • Technology and Data Uses for Cities
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership Skills
  • Workforce Support and Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Housing
  • Transportation and Alternatives
  • Cultural and Social Issues in the Community
  • And more!

But the value comes outside the educational sessions too. You’ll find some of your best ideas and connections through other conference activities:

Exposition Hall: Over 250 vendors will be on hand to introduce you to new products, services, and programs that may offer a perfect solution to your city or town.  All it takes is one great idea.

Networking Events: Whether it’s the welcome reception, closing celebration, any of the Constituency Group events or State Municipal League receptions, there is no shortage of opportunities for you to meet and build relationships with other local leaders to exchange ideas at the conference and beyond.  Or, use these events simply to strengthen your relationships with your own staff and colleagues outside the walls of City Hall.

Constituency Group Events: Many of these events are open to all attendees (though some require ticket purchase). Constituency groups provide a great opportunity to find a niche within NLC and meet others with common backgrounds or interests.

Member Council Meetings: Open to all attendees, these meetings bring together representatives from similar communities to share ideas and solutions to issues unique in their communities. Member councils include Small Cities Council, Large Cities Council, First Tier Suburbs Council, University Communities Council, and Military Communities Council.

NLC Governance Activities and Meetings: City Summit is the culmination of NLC’s policy and governance work for the year.  Get involved by attending a Federal Advocacy committee meeting and the annual business meeting to learn how you can have your say in NLC.  After all, it’s your organization!