Five Reasons For Local Leaders to Come to Charlotte


1. Combat local level challenges. 

Discussions on state preemption, racial tension and the urban-rural divide during Friday’s general session.
Friday, November 17 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Hear elected officials, city staff, and industry experts discuss trending topics affecting cities across the nation including: countering state preemption, building racial equity and inclusion, and the dichotomous relationship between location the economic growth urban-rural divide.


2. Ted Style Presentations.

Get proven tactics to boost the quality of life in your area during city spotlight theater.
Thursday, November 16 – Friday, November 17 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Looking for quick inspiration? Head to the expo hall for city spotlight theater sessions – a TED-Talk style presentation from elected leaders, city staff, and subject-matter experts. Speakers have chosen to share their experiences on topics like: veteran housing, workforce development and climate solutions. In true TED fashion, their stories are stimulating, poignant, funny, but most of all: practical.


3. 250+ Vendors in The Expo Hall.

Make connections in the expo hall that will improve municipal operations and public services.
Thursday, November 16 – Friday, November 17 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Create new partnerships in the expo hall with over 250 private and public-sector vendors—offering services ranging from public utilities to business office supplies. As you prepare for four days of education and training to solve America’s toughest challenges in local government, join your peers on Wednesday evening at 5:00 PM for the opening reception. Fellowship over great food, music and trivia during “Queen City” Feud at the welcome reception. Email us now to sign up for “Queen City Feud” in advance.


4. NLC University Leadership Training.

Get a comprehensive approach to solve issues in local leadership with NLC University seminars.
Wednesday, November 15 – Friday, November 17 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Deepen your knowledge on key topics to alleviate challenges in your community through NLC University seminars. NLC University offers in-depth, concentrated training on a specific issue in local government ranging from achieving climate goals to strategies for economic development. Delegates must register for NLC University seminars separately; please note there is a nominal fee.


5. Thousands of Local Leaders.

City Summit is the only national conference for all local leaders—capitalize on the networking. 
Thursday, November 16 – Friday, November 17 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (times vary)

Gathering thousands of local leaders –elected, appointed and city staff—from communities of all sizes. Here are few networking opportunities you don’t want to miss.

  • Affinity Reception | Friday, November 17 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Get connected to local officials of with a common special interest and spark a discussion on how you can work to move forward your community.


  • SML Receptions | Thursday, November 16 & Friday, November 17 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Gather with peers from your state. This is a great opportunity to catch up outside your state’s annual conference. Almost every state holds a reception at City Summit.


  • Host City Closing Event | Saturday, November 18 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Immerse yourself in the crown jewels of the Queen City as you explore her top attractions and experience what makes Charlotte one of the hottest places to live and jam to a private performance by The Commodores! This evening is fit for the Queen herself, and we request the honor of your attendance for a night you will never forget.