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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 working with states and the private sector to rebuild and reimagine their own local infrastructure priorities. Get insights from innovators in the public and private sector driving American infrastructure forward including Tesla a trailblazer in transportation, L.A. Water & Power—the largest municipal utility supplying equitable water and energy to millions of residents, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, known for the Clean Water Atlanta initiative to fix the sewer system and Eric Letsinger a pioneer in the “pay for success” financial model to help cities raise funds for innovative or experimental ideas.

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 by lack of time, money and resources to nurture good habits. Poor childcare, racial stigma and trauma of racial exclusion can all impact the brain architecture of young children, resulting in more emotional, behavior, learning and substance abuse issues later in life. The impact of these challenges affects not only the children but also our society. If we want our children to do better in school and in life, we can’t wait until they enter kindergarten. Tune in to the Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation documentary and participate in an open discussion about the film with peers and subject-matter experts.

Cities thrive when the people thrive. Come to learn how city leaders achieve economic development by increasing strategies of social equity. Over the course of one year, cities followed an equitable economic development approach through small businesses, co-ops, inclusive entrepreneurship and social enterprises to increase access to opportunities for all. Discover lessons learned, best practices and case studies from cities and organizations participating in NLC’s Equitable Economic Development Fellowship.

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 ask panel experts questions and learn from peers about mitigating risk and using data to promote equity, enhance community policing programs and more. You’ll also get exclusive insight from NLC RISC about the recent cyber attacks on municipalities and how they work to address the government’s liability in these attacks.

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 from various experts about the need to prepare a STEM-ready workforce, the benefits of creating high-quality out-of-school programming and the lasting impact of apprenticeships programs to connect youth to well-paying jobs. Preparing youth for work is a huge missed opportunity, so take-home tips to increase the effectiveness of workforce development efforts.

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 democracy during two panels covering the strategies to overcome preemption, the importance of structural representation and the upcoming 2020 Census. You’ll take-home tangible ways to increase civic engagement during a training lead by the World Cafe — offering effective communication tools to have meaningful conversations that drive action.

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 work by exploring national level trends, including automation, deindustrialization and the growing 1099 economy. Local government leaders and experts will discuss how to be proactive in the face of these changes, and how cities can adapt to this changing economic landscape.

Taste the flavors of Downtown Los Angeles – a neighborhood boasting of delicious ethnic eats, fascinating culinary history and incredibly captivating architecture. The Cultural Food Tour includes the Grand Central Market, Bradbury Building, and historic Biltmore Hotel.

Departure: Walking tour departs the LA Convention Center at 9:30 a.m.
Return: Walking tour will head back to the LA Convention Center at 2:30 p.m.

Griffith Park and Observatory is over 4,210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas. The Griffith Observatory has three (3) Planetarium shows each day.

Departure: Buses will depart from the LA Convention Center at 10:00 a.m.
Return: Buses will depart at 2:00 p.m.