Join Route Fifty, the award-winning digital publication covering innovation and best practices in state and local government, the evening of November 15 for the 2017 Navigator Awards celebration. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, dessert, networking, and live music as Route Fifty celebrates the innovative ideas, people, and programs transforming state, county, and municipal government. Register today to join the celebration.

New this year, Convention Center VIP Suite 101 will serve as a Quiet Room where attendees can temporarily escape the excitement of the annual meeting while they await their next workshop session, networking event, or speaking engagement. Please be courteous to others – no phone calls or loud conversations.

Charlotte Water treats more than 107 million gallons of drinking water per day in three water treatment plants.  Franklin Water Treatment Plant, one of our region’s largest treatment plants, was built in 1959 and has a treatment capacity greater than 180 million gallons per day.  The tour will provide an overview of our process and approach from raw water storage (0.5 billion gallons) to finished water primary distribution.  We look forward to hosting National League of Cities conference attendees at our award winning facility.

Type: Bus and walking tour

The Carolinas Aviation Museum, located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is celebrating its 25th year as one of the South’s premier aviation museums. Its diverse exhibitions tell stories that reach back to the very beginning of flight while embracing the multi-faceted world of contemporary aviation. Walk through the indoor hangar deck and come face-to-face with an F-14 Super Tomcat, DC-3 commercial airliner, CH-46 helicopter transport and the US Airways Airbus A320 which made a miraculous emergency landing on the Hudson River, “Flight 1549. Miracle on the Hudson.” Create your own adventure by climbing into the cockpit of an F-4 Phantom or Boeing 727. Get ready to experience the wonders of aviation and the stories of the aviators who flew into history.

Type: Bus and self-guided walking tour


The City of Rock Hill is known as a sports tourism destination. This tour will include an overview of the City’s sports tourism facilities and its history in the field. Participants will take behind the scenes tours of nationally recognized sporting venues – including the site of the 2017 BMX Supercross World Championships. Additionally, the City will share workable financing mechanisms that remove the burden on local tax payers and provide an overview of how to measure the direct community economic impact for sporting events. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Type: Bus and walking tour

The LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) is a catalyst for growth in the Charlotte community. The BLE adds an additional 9.3 miles to the existing 9.6 mile Blue Line light rail system, which boasts over 16,000 average daily riders. The existing LYNX Blue Line has promoted substantial development in the south corridor of Charlotte, and the Charlotte community is looking forward to another successful segment slated to open prior to March 2018. The tour will consist of a stop at each station, a look at existing and planned development along the alignment, and a discussion of the collaborative efforts that are making this $1.16 billion dollar project come to life.

Type: Bus and limited walking tour