Friday Morning General Session

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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.

Presiding Chair

  • Matt Zone 2017 National League of Cities President - Cleveland, Ohio Councilmember


  • Matt Zone 2017 National League of Cities President - Cleveland, Ohio Councilmember
  • Nicole Flatow Editor - CityLab



  • Brooks Rainwater Senior Executive & Director, Center for City Solutions - National League of Cities
  • Bruce Katz Centennial Scholar - Centennial Scholar Initiative - Brookings Institution

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