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Thursday, November 16

6:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Shuttle Bus Service – Overflow Hotels

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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Ask NLC Open

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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Quiet Room Open

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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.

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration Open

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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Corporate & Enterprise Partners Lounge

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Green Cities in the Queen City : Financing a Sustainable Future

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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

Speaker

  • Tim Olson Director, Municipal Trading - Credit Strategy, Municipal Sales, Trading & Syndicate - Wells Fargo
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

NBC-LEO Historic Heritage and Economic Development Mobile Tour (Ticket Required)

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Buses depart from the Street Level of the Convention Center along College Street.

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

New Approaches for a More Sustainable Future of Urban Mobility

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Moving the transportation sector to a shared, electrified, and automated economy is a critical component to reaching sustainability goals. The benefits of such a transformation extend well beyond the cars on the road—some include, mobility to more communities, new human-centric urban design options, and more livable cities. Uber is committed to driving a more sustainable future of mobility by developing shared, electrified and automated transportation options and collaborating with cities and partners to unlock the benefits these transformations can bring.

This session will cover lessons learned from Uber’s active sustainable mobility efforts, including

  1. Internal and external research efforts to evaluate the impact of ridesharing on local air pollution and urban transportation’s carbon footprint;
  2. Electric vehicle (EV) demonstration launches throughout North America involving thousands of EVs doing millions of rides;
  3. Partnerships with transit agencies—from both urban and rural cities - across North America;
  4. Engagements with cities and developers to launch new mobility oriented developments with minimized parking footprints

*Presented by Uber

Note: Breakfast will be provided

Speaker

  • Adam Gromis Global Lead on Sustainability and Environmental Impact - Policy & Communications Team, Uber
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

NLC Board of Directors Meeting

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: REAL Action 201: Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

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As a continuation of the 101 level course, you will get an opportunity to dig deeper and learn from peers about best practices and shared challenges. Structural changes to daily operations, budgeting, communications, decision-making and community leadership, are a critical component for mayors and other city leaders seeking traction on advancing a racial equity strategy. Specialists from the NLC REAL (Race, Equity and Leadership) team and the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) will demonstrate how to break down barriers and find solutions related to the specific challenges of addressing institutional and structural racism in local government.

Credits: 2

Specialization Area: Leadership
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: Free | $160 on-site

*Breakfast provided

Speakers

  • Leon Andrews Director for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) - National League of Cities
  • Julie Nelson Senior Vice President - Race Forward/Center for Social Inclusion
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Operation Prevention – Educating Youth on the Dangers of Opioid Misuse

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In response to the opioid epidemic, NLC released the Opioid Epidemic Task Force Report –an action plan to disrupt this destructive nationwide trend. A key finding from the report was to reach children early, both in school and at home. Aligning with report findings, Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration established Operation Prevention – a standards-aligned initiative aimed at educating children and youth about the true impacts of prescription opioid and heroin abuse.
Learn how the first and only classroom-based opioid prevention program can help alleviate and ultimately eradicate the issue in your community. Hear from senior officials with the city, federal government agencies, and school district administrators as they discuss the impact on cities across the country and best practices.

* Presented by Discovery Education

Note: Breakfast provided

Moderator(s)

  • Hall Davidson Senior Director, Global Learning Initiatives - Discovery Education

Speakers

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

State League Staff Headquarters

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

U.S. Communities + Amazon Business – A Powerful Solution Driving Compliance & Efficiencies

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U.S. Communities provides cities with a powerful procurement solution that saves time and money. A new U.S. Communities cooperative contract with Amazon Business can help cities drive greater compliance and efficiencies in their purchasing processes. Listen to participating cities discuss its Amazon Business experience and explain how this new contract helps centralize Amazon spend and provides an easy-to-use process shopping experience. This session will address the challenges and opportunities of adding Amazon Business to an organization’s overall spend strategy and increases transactional and reporting transparency.

*Presented by U.S. Communities

Note: Breakfast will be provided

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8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – Arts & Parks Urban Walking Tour

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In this three-part tour you’ll visit and learn about the history and economic impact of Charlotte’s grand center city park, Avenue of the Arts, and Public Art program. This walking tour will cover the following areas:

Romare Bearden Park
Visit the city’s beautifully designed center city park that has sparked amazing development at its perimeter.

Avenue of the Arts
Learn the story of the public/private partnership that created an uptown city avenue dedicated to arts & culture.  You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the avenue with a behind-the-scenes look at the arts facilities.

Public Art Walking Tour
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s public art program was initiated in 1981. During 2002-03, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council adopted ordinances that allocate 1% of eligible capital investment funds for public art, ensuring that artworks will continue to grace our public spaces and enhance urban and economic development efforts.

Charlotte, through the foresight of public officials, corporate partners and visionary individuals, is fortunate to have a wonderful collection of distinctive public art in Center City and beyond. This walking tour reveals Charlotte’s unique culture, diverse communities, rich history and civic pride as expressed through public art.

Type: Walking tour

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – Goodwill Opportunity Campus

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In 2015, Goodwill announced plans to change the trajectory of poverty in our region by building the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, a state-of-the-art facility in west Charlotte that provides the area’s most comprehensive collection of resources and opportunities for individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. Partners such as Charlotte Metro Credit Union, Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Common Wealth Charlotte and the Center for Community Transitions share space on campus to enhance the client experience.

The City of Charlotte has partnered with Goodwill on Project PIECE, which is a job-training and job-opportunities effort and the Safe Home Program, which assists senior citizens, handicapped citizens and low income families to improve their homes in the interest of their health and safety.

Tour type: Bus to meeting space

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – Hand in Hand Together: Charlotte’s Creative Neighborhood Improvement Model

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The City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood Matching Grants program provides financial and technical support to create sustainable public/private partnerships, build neighborhood capacity, and support quality of life improvements in low to moderate income neighborhoods.

Learn how this program engages residents to select projects and allocate funding, and see several completed projects.

The final route and stops are being planned, but they are expected to be among the following:

  • Druid Hills park improvements, including community garden and adult fit park.
  • Reid Park Cathedral, community-driven art and pavilion community meeting space.
  • Plaza Midwood, bike racks, bike repair station and Can Do Signs.
  • No Da, decorative bridge rail and underpass wall mural.
  • McCrorey Heights/Oaklawn Language Academy, mosaic mural.
  • Beatties Ford Road Corridor, community signage.
  • Oaklawn Park, little free library.
  • Belmont, historic preservation/economic development corridor study.

Type: Bus tour

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – Hidden Gems of HerStory: Tour of Charlotte’s History

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Enjoy a guided history tour of Charlotte. Sights will include:

  1. The beautiful Myers Park neighborhood: Myers Park was designed by noted planner John Nolen the early 20th century and was called at the time the “finest unified subdivision south of Baltimore.” Nolen hired the landscape architect Earle Sumner Draper to turn the almost treeless farmland into a suburban park. Willow, oak, tulip poplar, and elm were selected to grace the sidewalks and gardens, and they now give the neighborhood the feeling of “a city in a forest.” The neighborhood includes fine examples of period architecture.
  2. A swing by the Charlotte Mint: This visit will include discussion of the first U.S. gold rush which occurred here in North Carolina.
  3. A drive through the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. Plaza-Midwood was first established in 1910 as a streetcar suburb of Charlotte. The Oakland Land Company was responsible for the layout of the roads within the neighborhood. Through the Great Depression, Plaza-Midwood would thrive, before its decline commenced in the 1950s. By 1975, the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association was established to protect and preserve the neighborhood. Since the mid-1990s, the area has seen a dramatic comeback as reinvestment has transformed once dilapidated homes into funky urban dwellings. Plaza-Midwood's Historic District is located in the western section of the neighborhood and is maintained by residents and business operators. The area along The Plaza, Thomas Avenue and parts of Pecan and Clement were designated as a Local Historic District in 1992.
  4. Stop at Historic Hezekiah Alexander Home or Rosedale Plantation: We'll take a stop here for a snack.
  5. A drive through 4th Ward. The historic Fourth Ward neighborhood artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses. This collection of quaint and charming meets urban contemporary offers a residential experience that has made Fourth Ward a premier uptown community.
  6. Swing by Biddle Hall at Johnson C. Smith University: Biddle Memorial Hall was constructed in 1884. It was the first substantial building erected on the current campus of Johnson C. Smith University, formerly Biddle University), and is the oldest surviving structure on the campus. The school was founded to prepare former slaves for freedom.

Tour Guide:  Dr. Tom Hanchett is a community historian in Charlotte, NC. Previously he served as Staff Historian for 16 years at Levine Museum where he curated the permanent exhibition Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers (named best in the Southeast by the South East Museums Conference), and a string of national-award-winning temporary exhibitions including COURAGE about the Carolina roots of the Brown v Board Civil Rights case. Tom’s writings range widely on urban history and Southern culture: a book about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class & Urban Development in Charlotte(UNC Press); an essay exploring the history of US shopping malls; a monthly newspaper column Food From Home; and more. Educated at Cornell University, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill, he plays fiddle.

Type: Bus and limited walking

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – North End Smart District: From Industry to Innovation & Beyond!

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Visit the North End Smart District and learn how the City of Charlotte worked with community leaders and the private sector to develop an innovation district. You’ll meet with community leaders, hear how technology was used to inform the process, learn about the public-private partnerships used to develop the innovation district, and see the results first-hand.

Type: Bus and walking tour

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – Rooted: Explore our City in a Forest

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Charlotte’s tree canopy is the city’s signature natural resource. In 2011, the city council adopted a “50% Canopy by 2050” goal to preserve and enhance the canopy. Charlotte employs three complementary strategies to accomplish this goal: maintenance of healthy trees on public property, land development regulations balancing tree protection with economic growth, and strong community collaboration that sparked the creation of a very successful public-private collaborative effort called TreesCharlotte. This combination bus and walking tour will teach you the heritage and promise of Charlotte’s canopy efforts. The tour will consist of three parts:

  1. Tree Canopy Preservation Program conservation area tour. See a site that has been purchased by the city for the sole purpose of saving the trees. These purchases are funded by mitigation payments made by developers who cannot meet tree-save requirements at their development sites.
  2. Uptown tree walking tour. Learn about the forward-looking plan to have tree-lined uptown streets. Sidewalks were specially engineered to accommodate tree roots. Learn about the hazards these trees face.
  3. TreesCharlotte planting site. Hear the story of the public/private collaborative that Charlotte has created and see some of the sites where volunteers and the community have come together to plant trees on public or private property.

Type: Bus and walking tour

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mobile Workshop – Walk This Way: Building Healthy Communities One Step at a Time

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Centralina Council of Governments, as an American Planning Association Plan4Health grantee, recently worked with communities in west Charlotte with lower health outcomes to look at barriers to physical activity. Working with state and local agencies, they conducted walk audits and park access audits, and explored shared and open use agreements. Walkable communities are an important aspect of improving health and quality of life. Learn about the process and conduct your own walk audit for lessons you can use at home.

Type: Bus and walking tour

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spouse/Guest Tour: A Quick Lap in NASCAR Valley

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(Offered both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.)

Get an insider look at the world of NASCAR racing on this two-stop tour.

Charlotte Motor Speedway - On the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Feel the Thrill” Tour you’ll experience the 24-degree banking in the turns and areas of the legendary superspeedway that are not accessible to fans on race days. You will also get to see the NASCAR garages located in the infield, travel the two infield road courses, ride down pit road and stop for a picture in Victory Lane.

Hendrick Motorsports - One of the most successful teams in NASCAR history, Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) is the home to the Sprint Cup teams of record-tying seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR winning driver Kasey Kahne and current rookie-of-the-year Chase Elliott. Tour the museum and team store and check out the race team shops to get a good feel for the fascinating world of racing and the many drivers who came through the HMS tables.

Cost: $49 per person

Includes transportation, guide, admissions, guided tour of the speedway and time at gift shops

9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

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9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Market Square Open

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9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

NLC Advisory Council Meeting

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Harnessing the Power of Local Businesses

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Small businesses and start-ups are a critical component of a strong local economy.  Small businesses provide nearly 37 percent of jobs and offer a great deal of economic mobility and opportunity for residents.   Understand the power of local businesses and the critical role local leaders play in boosting local businesses.

This training will be a follow-on course to the March Fostering Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship session, with a goal of helping elected officials understand the power of their local businesses – from start-ups through growth companies – and the critical role they play in their success.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Community & Economic Development
Level: 201
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 30

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Let’s Talk Climate — Applied Research and Practical Guidance for Local Engagement

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Climate change is no longer a special interest of environmental groups – it’s becoming a personally relevant public interest for all of us. Learn how to effectively communicate with your constituents on climate change, and start conversations to engage the right partners focused on solutions. Get professional insights on communication and behavioral science from experts with ecoAmerica, and take-home best practices from the “Let’s Talk Climate” and “15 Steps” resource guides. This session will include small group exercises and a room discussion to apply knowledge, build skills, and strengthen confidence. Leaders can expect to gain knowledge and skills to prepare you to speak with peers, colleagues, the public, and a spectrum of other leaders on climate change impacts and solutions.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Sustainability
Level: 301
Audience: All
Cost: $150 by September 30

Speaker

  • Dan Barry Director of Path to Positive Communities - ecoAmerica
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Parliamentary Procedure: Making Robert’s Rules Work For You

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Once you know the basics of Robert’s Rules of Order, how can you move to the next step? This interactive seminar provides insights and guidance that can transform your style of leading meetings and make you an exceptional presiding officer. Few people are aware of the flexibility that Robert’s Rules offer through its “special rules for small boards” and provisions for adopting special rules of order.

Credits: 2
Specialization Area: Management | Public Administration
Level: 101
Audience: All audiences; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back into your account on the registration site.

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NLC University: Strengthening Your Systems for Engagement

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Looking for guidance on how to organize – and sustain – productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use both online and face-to-face processes? Frustrated with the standard “3 minutes at the microphone” public meeting? This NLC University session offers answers from Public Agenda, a leading national nonprofit with 40 years of experience in supporting public engagement on a wide variety of issues. The session will also draw on Public Agenda’s research on Participatory Budgeting, one of the fastest-growing forms of engagement. Led by Matt Leighninger, formerly the lead consultant to NLC’s Democratic Governance Panel, the session will describe the latest tools and formats in the field, help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your public engagement initiatives, and help you plan for a stronger engagement system in your community.

Credits: 2
Proficiency Area: Leadership
Level: 301
Audience: Local elected officials, city staff; all city sizes
Cost: $150 by June 30; $160 after June 30

*NLC University seminars are offered at an additional fee. To register for an NLC University seminar, add it during the conference registration process. If you've already registered for the conference and would like to add a seminar, simply log back into your account on the registration site.

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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Partnering to Prevent the Summer Learning Slide

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In 2016, The Smart Summers=Brighter Futures campaign launched to promote healthy and active lifestyles for children in America. The National Summer Learning Association collaborated with the White House, Clear Channel Outdoor and iHeart Media on this national campaign. During this session, learn how cities can leverage private sector partners to drive awareness to local initiatives. Learn more about the success stories from The Smart Summers=Brighter Futures campaign and take-home best practices to implement in your community.

*Presented by Clear Channel Outdoor Americas

Note: Coffee provided

Speakers

  • Samuel B. Ings Commissioner - Orlando, Florida
  • Matthew Boulay Founder and Chief Executive Officer - National Summer Learning Association
  • Jason King Vice President of Corporate Communications - Clear Channel Outdoor
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Recruiting for a 21st Century Workforce

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Public sector organizations compete with private companies for high-performing employees. While providing richer and more personalized benefits can help attract employees, the escalating cost of employee health care benefits has become unmanageable—forcing employers to be more creative and responsive in the design, timing and generosity of their benefit plans. Hear professionals from Colonial Life share innovative and effective strategies you can use to meet the goals of containing costs and managing the quality of employee health care benefits while recruiting the high-performing employees you need.

*Presented by Colonial Life

NOTE: Coffee provided

Moderator(s)

  • Carey Adamson National Practice Leader, Public Sector - Colonial Life

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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Using Transparency to Rebut Public Misinformation and Misunderstandings

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Learn how local leaders adopt transparency solutions to maintain a favorable and respected community brand. Hear how they have facilitated thoughtful engagement with data and its benefits to the city.

*Presented by OpenGov

 

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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Visually Connecting with Your Community on Instagram

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Every day, millions of people use Instagram to connect with the people and things that matter to them. Join us to learn how local governments and officials are meaningfully engaging with their communities on Instagram through visuals. See examples, hear best practices, and get tips on how you can get the most out of this powerful platform.

*Presented by Instagram

NOTE: Coffee provided

Speaker

  • Dayna Geldwert Associate Manager of Politics and Government - Instagram
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Youth Program – Microsoft YouthSpark Live

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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Microsoft YouthSpark Live Breakout: Hacking STEM

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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Microsoft YouthSpark Live Breakout: MakeCode MakerSpace

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9:30 AM - 9:55 AM

Prevention Programs: Healing Feet Helps Cities

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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: https://youtu.be/QI-yIZTjIdY

 

 

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spouse/Guest Tour: Carolina Raptor Center and Latta Plantation

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This unique tour will appeal to animal lovers and history lovers alike.

The Carolina Raptor Center

The Carolina Raptor Center, which got its unlikely start in the basement of the science building at UNCC, has come a long way. Since the arrival of the first injured owl in 1979, the non-profit organization has grown to one of the largest raptor rehabilitation centers in the United States. Last year, more than 650 injured and orphaned birds of prey were brought to the center for help.

Boasting one of the country’s most extensive collections of birds of prey, get a glimpse of what’s behind the scenes at Carolina Raptor Center’s raptor hospital and education trail. At the hospital, staff admits, treats and performs surgery and physical therapy on more than 900 birds a year. The goal is to get the majestic creatures healthy and released back into the wild as quickly as possible. Depending on availability at the time of the tour, it may include a private bird presentation and flight show.

Latta Plantation

Built in 1800, Latta Place was owned by James Latta, an immigrant from Northern Ireland. A successful traveling merchant through 1820, Mr. Latta then retired and turned his property into a cotton plantation consisting of 742 acres and 34 enslaved people. Visit rare and endangered breeds of historic livestock, see the process of growing short-staple cotton firsthand, visit the honeybee exhibit, and much more! We’ll take a guided tour of the house and explore the grounds.

The Carolina Raptor Center, paired with The Latta Plantation, makes for a wonderful afternoon excursion.

Cost: $54 per person

Tour includes transportation, guide and admissions

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

Build Resilient Communities Through City-Sponsored Programs

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In 2016, the City of Charlotte began offering a two-pronged training platform that empowers residents with the skills to become community leaders and advocates. The goal of the program, including a Civic Leadership Academy and technical training sessions is to create a more inclusive and resilient city. Come learn how the programs were developed, the outcomes and lessons learned from their first year of implementation.

 

Speaker

  • Steve Wood Neighborhood Training and Development Program Manager - Charlotte, North Carolina's Housing & Neighborhood Services Department
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Facebook for Local Government: Tools, Tips, and Best Practices

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Your opportunity to build an online community through Facebook has never been stronger. Come learn about some of the latest tools, tips, and best practices that can help you better reach and connect with constituents on Facebook.

*Presented by Facebook

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mayors’ Education Task Force Meeting

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Performance Management: Not Another Side Project

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Are you getting ready to implement a new performance management system or looking to mature your existing system?

Attend this session and learn:

  1. How to overcome common misconceptions about performance management
  2. Techniques for becoming more data-driven
  3. The 10 questions you should ask to ensure you're on the right path
  4. How the City of Cincinnati is using their data to make better decisions internally, be more transparent, and address important societal issues like the opioid crisis.

*Presented by Socrata

Speakers

  • Jeffrey Press Practice Leader of Government Performance - Socrata
  • Leigh Tami Chief Performance Officer - Cincinnati, Ohio
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

The Art of Economic Collaboration for Small Business & Entrepreneurs

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The National Small Business Week Small Business Festival educates and celebrates all the available resources in each city for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn more about the digital media workshops, small business coaching and free trainings hosted in cities across the nation during the small business festival. Get guided access on the steps necessary to bring this collaborative effort to your city.

*Presented by Small Business Festival

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Vehicle Sharing for Resilient Cities

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U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 provides  2.7 million Americans access  to vehicle services through mobile devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any of U-Haul’s 21,000 neighborhood locations in the United States and Canada. As the the world's largest vehicle-sharing company, discover how U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 helps leaders create sustainable and resilient cities by alleviating infrastructure and sustainability issues in the community.

*Presented by U-Haul International

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

NLC Resolutions Committee Meeting

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10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

Get More Value From Your NLC Member Network

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NLC Member Councils provide an opportunity for members to network with other leaders from cities with similar characteristics. It’s also a place to share best practices and discuss issues that affect your cities. If you are interested in getting involved in any of the following councils, stop by and learn more about how to get involved:

Large Cities Council

Small Cities Council

University Communities Council

First Tier Suburbs Council

Military Communities Council

Council on Youth, Education, and Families

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Apply ‘The Science of Where’ in Our Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

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Esri has worked closely with law enforcement, public health and government leadership to define the use cases for location-based tools and analysis that address the Opioid Crisis. The result is an evolving collection of maps, information products, and analysis workflows, used by public health and safety agencies to communicate the severity of the opioid epidemic, promote treatment alternatives, and understand the effectiveness of response activities. These solutions are designed to work together as one integrated system that supports the community’s overall efforts to mitigate the growing opioid epidemic through education, response, treatment and prevention.

*Presented by Esri

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Communities for All Ages: Inspiring Ideas from America’s City Leaders and AARP

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Approximately 46 million people in the United States are now age 65 and older. That number will grow over the next 15 years to 73 million — or one out of every five people nationwide. Regardless of age, we all want the same things: safe, affordable housing, good infrastructure; a healthy environment and opportunities for advancement.

In this session, AARP and city leaders will ignite a conversation about creative, inspiring ideas for making communities more livable for people of all ages. Great communities take time to build and sustain, but "quick actions" can be the critical spark for longer-term change. Hear from 2017 grantees of the AARP Community Challenge who are building momentum for livable community’s progress. By shining a spotlight on these solutions— and digging deeper into how ideas are being turned into action—this session will provide inspiration and information that makes it a little easier to trigger change.

*Presented by AARP

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Energy and Cities: Setting Priorities

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Where should cities focus resources to get the most energy savings for our community? Where do electric vehicle charging stations fit in infrastructure plans? How many energy jobs can cities catalyze to spur local economy? How can local governments leverage energy dollars to greatest impact in the community?

These are just some of the 2,000 questions the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has answered for city leaders in the last 10 years. This interactive session will include city officials who have used the tools to accomplish their energy goals and NREL experts to walk through the most relevant resources available for communities and strategies to implement in your community. Take home free tools that will help and learn how cities can access the taxpayer investments in a modern energy economy!

*Presented by National Renewable Energy Lab

Speakers

  • Megan Day Senior Energy Analyst/Urban Planner - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Elizabeth Doris Principal Laboratory Program Manager - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Getting The Lead Out: Improving the Safety of Water and Sewer Infrastructure

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, roughly 10 million American homes and buildings receive water from partially lead service lines. Cities have adopted varied approaches to dealing with this challenging situation, but what lessons can we learn? And, what other threats to the health and safety of water and sewer infrastructure should be on the radar? This session will look at the breadth of this issue while presenting solutions and lessons learned that Cities can use.

*Presented by Utility Service Partners, a HomeServe Company

Speakers

  • View full profile for Jade DundasJade Dundas Interim City Manager - Asheville, North Carolina
  • Jermaine Reed Councilmember - Kansas City, Missouri
  • View full profile for Jim HuntJim Hunt Former NLC President - Founder of Amazing Cities
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Tiny Homes: The Kansas City Veterans Community Project Housing

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Cities across the nation are consistently challenged by not only the lack of affordable housing, but also shelter for the homeless. As part of their response to homelessness, cites are considering tiny homes as a viable option. In Kansas City, MO, the Veterans Community Project is working with the city to provide tiny homes as transitional housing for Veterans. Support services are facilitated through an onsite community center that provides Veterans with mentoring, case management, counseling, and linkage to other programs.

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Accelerating Sustainable Water Solutions through WaterNow Alliance

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WaterNow Alliance and the Sustainable Cities Institute have been working together for the past two years to advance sustainable water solutions in communities across the nation. With a changing climate, more intense droughts and floods have become the new normal. To break away from crisis-driven decision making, WaterNow Alliance is building a network of leaders committed to building a more resilient water future. This session will highlight our work over the past two years including growing membership to over 150 local leaders, updates on key policy initiatives to breakdown financing and communication barriers, and stories from on-the-ground projects. We hope to include at least one member from WaterNow Alliance member to discuss the benefits they’ve enjoyed since being a part of the Alliance and we will invite attendees to join the effort and participate with us to bring about widespread adoption of sustainable solutions!

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) Luncheon

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The Afterschool Policy Advisors’ Network (APAN) luncheon meeting is an opportunity for municipal leaders to access policy updates, research, best practices, and funding information to strengthen, expand, and coordinate afterschool and summer opportunities in their cities, as well as hear from peer city officials who have made expanded learning a priority in their communities. This year’s luncheon speakers will describe their business partnership to promote the benefits of summer learning. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will facilitate a peer learning discussion about city strategies to engage businesses to support local afterschool and summer efforts. Participants will receive the latest resources on afterschool, summer, and social and emotional learning from The Wallace Foundation. A free non-ticketed hot lunch buffet will be provided, but space is limited and elected officials on the RSVP list get first priority. Register here to attend.

Speakers

  • Bela Shah Spooner Manager for Expanded Learning, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families - National League of Cities
  • Matthew Boulay Founder and Chief Executive Officer - National Summer Learning Association
  • Jason King Vice President of Corporate Communications - Clear Channel Outdoor
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Corporate Partners Leadership Council Meeting

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12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

Leveraging Community Resources to Help Veterans Age in Place Housing

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Across the county, our Veterans are older and more than twice as likely to have some form of a disability compared to non-Veterans. As the unprecedented "silver tsunami" continues to transform the demographics of communities, cities are facing even more pressure to ensure limited resources are being used effectively and efficiently. During 2017, NLC partnered with Purple Heart Homes and cities to support of these efforts. Come learn about successes, lessons learned, and how you can progress in your community.

 

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

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12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

National Black Caucus Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Membership Luncheon (Ticket Required)

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

State Municipal League Executive Directors Lunch

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12:30 PM - 12:55 PM

National League of Cities Young Municipal Leaders Network

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The National League of Cities (NLC) recognizes the generational shift in municipal leadership, both among elected officials and city staff. The Young Municipal Leaders (YML) network is a group housed at the National League of Cities that provides young local leaders with opportunities to connect with peers in leadership, share best practices, as well as develop both professionally and personally. The Young Municipal Leaders Network is comprised of any local elected official and city/town/village staff between the ages of 18-40. This group integrates with other programmatic components of NLC and seeks to create intergenerational opportunities to bridge the cultural and generational gaps of city leaders past, present, and future.

 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening General Session with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

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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.

Presiding Officer

  • Mark Stodola Incoming National League of Cities President - Mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas

Keynote Speakers

  • Gabby Giffords Former state legislator and U.S. Congresswoman
  • Mark Kelly Astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, and author

Speakers

  • Matt Zone 2017 National League of Cities President - Cleveland, Ohio Councilmember
  • Clarence E. Anthony CEO and Executive Director - National League of Cities
  • Jennifer Roberts Mayor - Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Megan Barry Mayor - Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Dessert Break

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Market Square Open

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

National Black Caucus Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Hearing

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

U.S. Communities/NLC Back Pack Build Event

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3:30 PM - 3:55 PM

Bringing the Power of Digital Badging to City Summer Jobs Programs

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LRNG teams with cities to connect learning experiences to career opportunities, ensuring that all young people have inspiration and guidance to prepare them for life and work in the modern economy.  Hear Philadelphia City Council Member Derek Green and LRNG VP of Strategic Partnerships Jessica Garcia-Kohl share findings from the city’s participation – apart of a dozen pilot cities to adopt the LRNG digital badging platform, Work Ready.  This presentation will inform city leaders about Philadelphia’s experience with the adoption of the LRNG platform, how this innovation benefits youth and the community, and how additional cities can partner with LRNG.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Building and Preserving Affordable Housing in Transitioning Markets

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More than anyone, city leaders know that real estate is about location. Equally, no two cities are the same. While some cities are witnessing strong price growth in the home ownership market and rapid rises in rents, other markets are part of a lagging recovery or are already dealing with the consequences of over-building. These dynamics create unique challenges to developing and preserving affordable and market-rate housing. Join this session to learn how city leaders can adapt local policies to support housing development and preservation in these markets.

Moderator(s)

  • Dr. Mukesh Kumar Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning - Jackson State University
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Creating a Destination Brand to Maximizing the Visitor Economy and Fuel Economic Development

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The visitor economy has been proven to be a catalyst for more traditional forms of economic development and it starts with understanding your destination's brand. For the past nine years, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) has been promoting the Charlotte region as a visitor destination, through the ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ brand. Advertising efforts not only raise the destination profile and positively change perceptions of Charlotte, but those dollars directly generate new visits and visitor spending. At the same time, the city and its economic development partners have leveraged different brands to promote the Charlotte region. By collectively understanding and delivering on the community’s brand promise, the region stands stronger, more unified and faces its competitive challenges in a more cohesive and strategic fashion. Mike Butts and Gina Sheridan will walk you through the 18-month journey of evolving the work of the CRVA’s results-driven destination marketing into the creation of a collaborative place brand, giving you tips and strategies you can use at home.

Speakers

  • View full profile for Laura WhiteLaura White Director of Communications - Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
  • Mike Butts Vice President of Sales - Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Creating Education and Employment Opportunities for All

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How can your community help ensure equitable opportunities for your residents to succeed in the workforce? Hear from city leaders and key stakeholders in economic development, the workforce and higher education who are part of the Kresge Foundation Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success program. The presenters will share strategies and best practices for building and sustaining pathways to success that you can implement at home.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Dynamic Duos: How Philanthropies are Helping Cities Revitalize

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Philanthropies are playing a major role in catalyzing the revitalization and rebirth of cities across America. From climate change and adaptation, to economic development and the arts, foundations and cities are working closer than ever to identify areas where private and public interests intersect, and to produce change for the communities they represent. In this session, learn the various ways in which the philanthropic community is partnering with cities, and better understand how your community can lean on these partnership opportunities to revitalize civic spaces in your own city or town.

Speakers

  • Ryan Whalen Global Partnerships Portfolio Director - The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Gia Biagi Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact - Studio Gang
  • Carol Coletta Senior Fellow - The Kresge Foundation
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Getting Smart About Smart Technology Pilot Projects

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“Smart” technology being deployed in cities today promises to save energy, ease traffic, simplify parking, and bring many other benefits to cities. Pilot projects in emerging technologies, however, often come with pitfalls. Panelists from small and medium sized cities will discuss their experiences with ongoing smart technology pilot projects in their communities, including autonomous vehicles and drones. Learn about the benefits of integrating transformative technologies into your city and how to conduct successful public outreach and education to help your project succeed. Panelists will share important policy and legal issues to consider when implementing new smart city initiatives, including privacy, cybersecurity, information sharing, data management and analysis, and insurance.

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Lessons from the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force

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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.

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3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Public Sector Retirement Advisory Committee

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Reducing Burdens on City Services: Moving High Utilizers Past the Revolving Door

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Residents with substance addiction and mental illness frequently use very high portions of expensive city services, including emergency medical care and law enforcement responses, which often make little progress resolving the core needs creating a revolving door into and out of city services. Police and fire frontline officials often know who these individuals are, but are rarely equipped to do more than arrest or treat and release. Especially in the face of the opioid crisis and efforts to reduce mass incarceration, cities have developed innovative approaches to improve long-term outcomes for these “high utilizers” and reduce the future burden on city services. Hear successful examples from diverse cities, including a small city, connect with national support resources and peers, and develop a “getting started” action plan to implement at home.

Moderator(s)

  • Jean Haughey Director of Youth Services - Enfield, Connecticut

Speakers

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Small Cities Council Steering Committee Meeting

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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Small Cities Council Steering Committee Meeting

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3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Youth Program – Youth Delegate Opening Session and Orientation

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4:00 PM - 4:25 PM

Are You Getting the Most Out of NLC Membership?

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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.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NLC Nominating Committee Public Hearing

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

League of Minnesota Cities Welcoming Reception

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

North Carolina Leadership Reception

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5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Digital Cities Survey Awards Reception

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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Corporate Partner and State League Reception

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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Georgia Municipal Association Reception and Federal Advocacy Update

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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (LGBTLO) Community Reception

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Sponsored by T-Mobile and Wells Fargo,
Knight Theater, 430 South Tryon Street

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

NLC Sustainable Cities Institute Reception

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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Texas Municipal League Reception (Ticketed Event)

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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Large City Council Reception

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8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

National Black Caucus Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Evening Out (Ticket Required)

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