On November 2, the House Ways and Means Committee released its long-awaited tax reform plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The proposed plan aims to streamline the U.S. tax code and create some tax relief for middle- and low-income Americans by reducing the number of tax brackets, reducing marginal tax rates, and expanding family tax credits. Unfortunately, these come at the cost of eliminating key deductions and tax credits for cities as well as middle-class Americans. These elements of the existing tax code help finance local infrastructure and build strong, vibrant and economically sound communities.

As Congress continues to negotiate details of proposed changes to the federal tax code, learn how it could preempt your local decision making on taxes, impact your city’s ability to finance necessary infrastructure improvements, and how you can advocate for cities during the tax reform debate.

Learn more:

  • about the current tax reform legislation introduced by Congress.
  • how the legislation will impact cities and Americans.
  • what local leaders can advocate for cities during the tax reform debate.

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.

Recruiting and retaining qualified employees is a critical concern for state and local government officials. While providing comprehensive benefits plans helped attract employees to the public sector in the past, it’s no longer a financially sustainable recruitment or retention tool. Learn how to implement an effective strategy for cities of all sizes, to manage employee benefit costs and redirect savings to support recruitment and retention needs.

Many big-box retailers are closing across the nation. Is the void left by these brick and mortar stores a detriment or an opportunity? In today’s volatile retail climate, is there still an opportunity for retail to play a role in an economic development strategy? Find out more about the trends of today and how communities can turn lemons into lemonade. Learn what steps your community should take to be engaged in retail development.

SolSmart is a national solar designation and technical assistance program for cities and counties funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Program staff will provide an overview of the opportunities and benefits presented to cities that choose to participate in SolSmart. Specifically, cities will learn about their eligibility for no-cost technical assistance for solar-related actions and the potential to receive national recognition for acting to spur solar growth locally. Representatives from cities participating in SolSmart will discuss their experience working with the program and how solar has affected their communities. SolSmart-designated cities will be announced and receive an award for their accomplishments.

Now, residents from NLC member cities, who are without health insurance, a traditional pharmacy benefit plan, or have prescriptions not covered by insurance can receive savings on their prescriptions through the NLC Prescription Discount Program. The NLC Community Showcase Video Program helps communities promote tourism, educate and welcome new families and residents and attract new businesses. Over 7,000 grants are available to cities to find funding through NLC Grant Access.