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.

Come learn about the National League of Cities’ new membership model and meet your regional representative. NLC is passionate about its members and wants to ensure you are fully utilizing NLC’s benefits and resources.

Cities have issued municipal bonds for a long time to fund various projects throughout their communities. As investors become more conscious of the impact their investments can have, a new market for Green Bonds has developed as a way to finance projects that are expected to be environmentally beneficial.  Green Bonds have already financed many types of projects including clean water, clean transportation, and energy efficiency projects across several cities throughout the US and around the world. This market is only expected to continue to grow as a result of increased investor demand along with cities (and other issuers) looking for ways to finance a sustainable future. In this session, we will examine what exactly a green bond is, how one is issued, and look at various examples of how green bonds are already being utilized for various climate change mitigation and adaptation projects around the country.

Note: Breakfast will be provided

Presented by Wells Fargo

Samaritans Feet International brings unity and hope to cities by convening the community to supply the most underserved children with new shoes, new socks, and new confidence. This workshop will present the five stages to creating a community outreach event with Samaritan’s Feet. Through this program, all local leaders – religious, business, law enforcement, and elected officials partner towards a goal that can inspire a lifetime of change and overtime yield positive outcomes for the community.

Crises can happen at any time in a city.  Sometimes city leaders need to quickly create an event, to bring unity to citizens of all races, cultures, and economic statuses.  Samaritan’s Feet can help coordinate and mediate such an event.  Learn more about the Reconcile Charlotte project with Samaritan’s Feet: