Members of the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force, chaired by Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta and spearheaded by President Matt Zone, will delve into greater details the recommendations compiled by the Task Force. The report produced by the group reflects the collective accomplishments and wisdom of the cities represented. The conversation among the panelists will highlight effective strategies aimed at increasing economic mobility and opportunity in their cities. Additionally, the Task Force members will discuss considerations of racial inequities and how the recommendations intend to address it.

Health care disparities are increasingly evident throughout the American population, impacting the viability of our nation’s businesses, from Main Street shops to multinational corporations. Achieving health equity by improving the health and well-being of a diverse population should be a critical imperative for everyone. Local leaders can serve an important role in working collaboratively to connect people to meaningful health information, and identifying creative ways to engage people in health improvement. This panel discussion will feature experts who have delivered creative solutions for pre-diabetes, diabetes, cancer prevention and opioid addiction to overcome cultural and economic barriers to health and wellness within their communities. In addition, Cigna will share insights and innovations in connecting, communicating and educating clients and customers to help close disparities gaps.

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Partnering for Better Health | Wednesday, November 15

Four out of five cities indicate that health benefit costs have increased in the past year. Add to this new financial reporting requirements from the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), making these expenses more transparent than ever and thus subject to increased scrutiny. City leaders must be informed and clear on their role in working with staff on this emerging fiscal and communications challenge. This workshop will help city leaders prepare for the GASB ruling pertaining to transparency of financial reporting of Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEBs). Participants will also learn strategies to communicate these newly visible liabilities to constituencies, including employees, the media and investors.

It seems that everywhere we look, there are new opportunities for and sources of useful data, but finding effective ways to apply that data to improve our communities often proves to be a challenge. Despite optimism around the potential of data to provide value-added services to a community, it can be difficult to find meaningful connections to existing programs and processes within an organization. During this interactive session, city leaders will learn how to engage data to increase cost effectiveness, innovation, and quality of life for their city. Learn ways to apply data to improve your budgeting process, performance management, and city service delivery processes.

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Revolutionizing Government in the 21st Century | Wednesday, November 15

For close to 40 years, thousands of cities and towns across the country have used the Main Street Approach to revitalize their local economies in small towns, mid-sized cities and urban neighborhood commercial districts. In total, communities taking part in the Main Street program have generated $65.6 billion in public and private reinvestment, rehabilitated 260,011 buildings, and experienced a net gain of 556,960 jobs and 126,476 net new businesses. As any city leader knows, this level of impact does not occur by chance alone. The Main Street Approach provides municipalities with a practical, actionable framework to bring renewed vitality and enhanced quality of life to downtown. In this session you will learn through moderated roundtable discussions how the Main Street Approach has transformed communities large and small. Hear from elected officials and local Main Street program directors to understand how Main Street works in action.

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Urban Plan for Elected Officials| Friday, November 17

Traffic congestion in many cities is crippling. But what if vehicles could travel more efficiently and safely by “talking” wirelessly with traffic lights, pedestrians, and with each other? Could connected vehicles ease the traffic burden? To find out, the U.S. Department of Transportation will test connected vehicle technology in two major cities: New York and Tampa. The New York City pilot will be the largest in the nation, with more than 300 traffic signals talking to 8,000 vehicles and more than 100 pedestrians via personal devices. The Tampa pilot will feature 1,500 cars, 10 buses, 10 trolleys, and 500 pedestrians with smartphone apps, and will deploy a variety of connected vehicle technologies to relieve congestion, reduce collisions and prevent wrong way crashes. Attend this session to learn more about connected vehicle technology and the benefits it could bring to your city. You’ll also hear about the institutional, legal, and technical issues that may impact the use of connected vehicle technologies.