Request for Workshop Proposals

The submission deadline is Friday, April 27. We are happy to consider additional submissions; however, preference will be given to proposals submitted by the original deadline.



The National League of Cities (NLC) is hosting the 94th annual City Summit conference in Los Angeles, California November 7-10, 2018. We are gathering proposals for workshop sessions and NLC University training seminars and potential workshop speakers. This is an opportunity to showcase successes within your city or organization with elected officials and thought leaders from across the country. NLC is seeking submissions as part of a continued effort to create a timely, well-rounded, non-partisan conference program.

This is an opportunity to share your city best practice, case study or area of expertise with the more than 4,000 City Summit attendees expected in Los Angeles. NLC is seeking submissions as part of a continued effort to create a timely and representative conference program.

Proposals should tell the stories of:

  • Promising City Practices
  • City Challenges and Successes
  • Individual, Team or City Expertise
  • Impactful Campaigns and Initiatives

Proposals should focus on key topics and trends that widely affect cities of all sizes:

  • Economic Development
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Environment/Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Youth Development
  • Budgets & Management/Governance

Our goal is to produce a program that is as diverse in perspective and practice as the membership we serve; therefore, we reserve the right to accept the topic, title, one or more speakers and moderator or any combination of the proposed workshop or seminar.

About City Summit
City Summit is NLC’s annual education, training, and governance conference. It is held in a different city every year in November and includes a comprehensive program of general sessions, NLC University leadership training seminars, workshops, host city mobile workshops and an exhibit hall with more than 300 exhibitors. Representing cities and towns of all sizes across the country, more than 4,000 people are expected in Los Angeles.

About the National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is the country’s oldest, largest, and most representative organization serving municipal governments. We are committed to providing city leaders with resources that help blaze pathways toward exceptional leadership and professional and personal advancement.

NLC represents and advocates for cities of all sizes. When we talk about “cities,” we are referring to all incorporated places. We support cities through federal advocacy in Washington; advocacy work at the state level through the network of state municipal leagues; and a range of programs and services.

NLC’s primary mission is to help city leaders build better communities. We are a bipartisan organization that represents the broadest spectrum of political views and political affiliations.

Proposal Guidelines

Please read the following carefully before submitting your session proposal.

• The submission deadline is Friday, April 27. You will be notified via email by the end of July 2018 if your submission was accepted.
• Proposals can be short descriptions of city best practices, case studies or a fully formed session.
• NLC reserves the right to accept the topic, title, one or more speakers and moderators, or any combination of the above list.
• NLC reserves the right to add, edit, or make changes to the session title, description, and mode of presentation, panel, or moderator. All proposals become the property of NLC upon receipt.
• Speakers and moderators interested in attending the conference will be granted complimentary registration on the day of their session. If the speaker or moderator wishes to attend the rest of the conference, they must register and pay to attend.
• NLC strives for diversity for speakers and moderators, especially gender, age, race, geographic location and community size.

For any questions regarding submission of proposals, please contact Lauren Ryan, Program Manager of Conferences & Meetings at If accepted, NLC staff will contact you to move forward with planning the session and confirming speakers and moderator.