Join City Summit delegates for the Closing General Session & Delegates Luncheon, where you’ll hear from incoming NLC President and Little Rock, Arkansas Mayor Mark Stodola and keynote speaker Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Local, pre-session entertainment from Sounds of the Queen City Winner J. Quinn 

Olympic Gold Medalist, CEO & Chairman, Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). Learn about his passion for strengthening American cities and towns, and his actions to develop underserved communities, build inclusion and create an opportunity for all in various cities across America. Get inspired and take away proven tactics that will stimulate your local economy.

This session is sponsored by Bank of America, Holland & Knight, Foundation for the Carolinas, Coca-Cola Consolidated, and Crescent Communities.

The second general session will include the following three parts:

I. Building Inclusive and Equitable Communities
America has struggled with ethnic and racial turmoil since its inception.  Now more than ever, the debate about the role of race in U.S. history is raging throughout our cities.  What is the expectation for moral leadership from our local officials? Hear from elected officials and national experts about moving out of racial resentment and fear to leadership approaches that build inclusive and equitable communities for all.

II. The New Localism
In the aftermath of the Great Recession and the partisan gridlock in the federal government, America’s local leaders have stepped up to address major challenges that typically require investment from state and federal government.  NLC Senior Executive of City Solutions Brooks Rainwater will have a conversation with Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, about the overarching themes from Katz’s soon-to-be-released book, The New Localism.

II. Preemption Discussion
The session will feature a Mayor’s panel focused on the issues of preemption and local control. The panel will explore ways that local leaders, despite preemption efforts at the state and federal level, are using every tool at their disposal to serve their communities, expand economies, and ensure jobs.

This session is sponsored by City Summit Title Sponsor and NLC Capstone Partner Wells Fargo.

Join City Summit delegates for the Opening General Session, where you’ll hear from NLC President and Cleveland, Ohio Councilman Matt Zone, Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Megan Barry, National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony, and keynote speakers Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords.

Local, pre-session entertainment from Inspire the Fire 
Presentation of the Colors by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Honor Guard
National Anthem by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Music Corps
Invocation by Reverend K. Fran Cook

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Retired American astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly and former state legislator and U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords represent the very essence of American service and heroism. Ever since an assassination attempt severely wounded Gabby in 2011, the couple has inspired the world with their story of hope and courage in the wake of tragedy, serving as a symbol for the possibility of second chances.

Gabby and Mark will tell the story of their journey and share inspiration for summoning courage through tough times and on the path to new goals. They will leave you with a new appreciation for the tenacity of those who refuse to be defeated, and the motivation to face and overcome any challenge with passion, bravery and your very best.

This session is sponsored by ICMA-RC, an NLC Corporate Partner.