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8:00 am - 11:00 am

Mobile Workshop: Building the Stadium of Tomorrow: How Inglewood is Revitalizing its Entertainment District

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Journey to the Premiere Center in Playa Vista, just around the corner from the construction site of the LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, to experience a simulation of what the entire stadium and district will be. Learn how the City of Inglewood’s City of Champions Revitalization Initiative made the LA Stadium &... Read more »

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Silicon Harbor: Creating the US’s Greenest Port while Revitalizing the LA Waterfront 🚢

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This tour is worth getting up early for! Tour the Port of LA, the future home of SpaceX, from the water (you may see a sea lion or three), learn about exciting new commercial and recreational waterfront developments and tour a blue tech incubator home to the discoverer of the Titanic and Bismark!

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: An Urban Oasis: Downtown LA’s Arts District

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Tourists from across the country — and even the globe — travel to Los Angeles to get a flavor for the Arts District, walking along its many streets to sample the rich array of restaurants and retail shops it has to offer, or to seek job opportunities from a number of new businesses which today serve as incubators and... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Replacing a Hollywood Icon: Touring the $482 Million Sixth Street Bridge 🌉 Replacement Project and LA’s Arts District

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Learn how the City of LA used creative partnerships to finance this vital mile long bridge reconstruction project featuring a design with an emphasis on creating new public spaces and explore the amazing LA Arts District. If you are interested in park development, infrastructure, transportation🚲🚘, connecting neighborhoods, arts districts🎭, and much more this tour is for you! Number of Participants:... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mobile Workshop: Watts Rising: How Community Led Change Made Lasting Impacts on Housing, Public Safety and the Local Environment

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For years Watts has been undergoing a transformation by the community, for the community.  It has created the internationally recognized Community Safety Partnership program between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department.  This community-led change fueled the $1.4 billion redevelopment of the Jordan Downs Housing Development.  And this... Read more »

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NLC University Community & Economic Development 201/301: The Urban Plan for Elected Officials

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Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about and wrestle with the fundamental forces that affect urban development. Participants, playing the role of an inter-disciplinary a real estate development team, will experience the challenging issues, private and public- sector roles, complex trade-offs, and... Read more »

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From K-Town to the Walk of Fame: Transit Oriented Development along Metro’s Red Line

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Get ready for a tour of Metro Transit-Oriented Developments in two of Los Angeles’ most exciting, diverse and growing neighborhoods. The first stop will be Wilshire/Vermont Station, a mixed-use, mixed income retail, and housing development and its adjoining middle school all built atop a subway station in the dense and quickly growing Koreatown (K-town) community.... Read more »

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mobile Workshop: An Urban Oasis: Downtown LA’s Arts District

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Tourists from across the country — and even the globe — travel to Los Angeles to get a flavor for the Arts District, walking along its many streets to sample the rich array of restaurants and retail shops it has to offer, or to seek job opportunities from a number of new businesses which today serve as incubators and... Read more »

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

(NEW) NLC University Community & Economic Development 201: What Works Cities Certification

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Regardless of whether you are far along in the process of using data to inform your city’s decisions or just getting started, What Works Cities Certification can help you assess your current state of practice and create a roadmap for how to improve. Join What Works Cities partners Results for America, the Center for Government... Read more »

8:30 am - 11:30 am

Mobile Workshop: Utilizing Partnerships to Create the Hub of Cleantech Innovation

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The Los Angeles Arts District has transformed in recent years from industrial warehouses to a burgeoning urban oasis. Travel to the heart of this creative neighborhood dotted with murals, craft breweries and artisanal coffee shops to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. A private non-profit organization, LACI is ensuring... Read more »

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(NEW) Community & Economic Development 201: On the Path to Certification: How to Talk about Your Data-Informed Government

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Talking to Staff and Building an Internal Culture: Developing the right technical skill sets for staff is critical, but it is the strategic cultivation of culture that distinguishes cities that let data-informed practices take root from those that let them die on the vine. Cities that build commitment and culture are more likely to realize... Read more »

9:30 am - 9:55 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: Connecting with Underserved Populations

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Discover how NLC’s partnerships with CVS Caremark, HomeServe, and Polco can better connect your government to underserved communities. Join these three Enterprise Partners as they share how their prescription discount programs, workforce development strategies, and civic engagement platforms allow local governments to connect with underserved populations.

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Innovative Solutions to Meet Cities’ Affordable Housing Needs

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Innovative work in affordable housing is happening all over the country – accessory dwelling units (ADUs), multi-generations housing, group housing, and many more – are some of the new approaches that are helping cities meet their affordable housing needs. Learn from experts about how these solutions can be brought back to your community. This session... Read more »

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Mode Shift: Liberating our Cities from Cars

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Dockless bikes and e-scooters offer a clean energy last mile solution, but there are infrastructure growing pains and public safety issues to overcome. How do we coordinate our traffic reduction, CO2 goals, and infrastructure plans with the fast-paced growth of these private services? Presented by Bird, an NLC Corporate Partner

11:00 am - 11:45 am

An Industry-Changing Combination

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The union of Tyler Technologies and Socrata provides a unique opportunity for NLC member cities to overcome challenges, produce new efficiencies, and realize better outcomes – now, and into the future. Leaders from Fulton County, Johns Creek, East Point, and Alpharetta, Georgia, will demonstrate how they are using tools such as the Capital Projects Explorer to... Read more »

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Meeting the Nation’s Demand for Housing

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The issues of affordable and accessible housing continue to challenge communities across the country. The approval and development of housing have not kept up with the nation’s demand in both for-sale and rental housing – specifically, the apartment industry alone has identified the need for 4.6 million apartment homes by 2030. Come to explore the demand... Read more »

12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Opportunity Zones 101: A Guide for Cities

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Learn more about Accelerator for America’s work to strengthen people’s economic security through the establishment of opportunity zones. Get a closer look at how to prepare an effective investment prospectus and leave with a template to create one for your city. You’ll also review other components of a city’s marketing strategy including economic development analysis... Read more »

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Destroying Silos to Build a Strong Start for Our Kids

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Fostering work ethic, self-esteem, and adaptable skills in youth require a holistic, synergistic approach to community action. American Jobs for America’s Youth (AJAY) amplifies and accelerates creative collaboration within communities by connecting changemakers, promoting best practices and pushing a youth-forward agenda. Learn strategies to your community and local economy by building a strong start for... Read more »

3:30 pm - 3:55 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Building Connected Active Transportation Networks

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Trails and infrastructure for bicycling and walking are increasingly seen as amenities not just for recreation, but transportation. Come to discuss how communities can look at their existing infrastructure for active transportation and develop networks that more effectively connect people to their destinations.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

REAL Talk: Advancing Local Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color

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Over the past few years, Cities United, the National League of Cities, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and Bloomberg Associates have committed to supporting local governments as they work to break down barriers and alleviate burdens boys and young men of color (BYMOC) face in cities across this nation. To support local elected officials in elevating... Read more »

4:00 pm - 4:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Tools to Promote Culture, Entertainment, and Sustainability in Your Cities

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Find inspiration for ways to promote culture and sustainability in your cities through NLC’s partnerships with Build America Mutual (BAM), CGI Communications, and Grant Access. Explore how your city can benefit from BAM-insured Green Bonds, the Community Showcase Video Program, and our accessible grant database.

10:30 am - 11:45 am

World Café: Tools to Mitigate the Housing and Homelessness Crisis

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This is an exclusive opportunity to have meaningful discussions about housing and homelessness topics with peers and experts.  Get solutions to address housing issues like affordability, access and preservation of existing inventory. Hear how leaders develop new communities and implement policies that will safeguard affordable housing for all and take home strategies to address homelessness.

11:00 am - 11:25 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: NLC University Leaders Lab: A Year of Building Inclusive Communities

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Hear from city leaders participating in the NLC University Leaders Lab Cohort. Five mayors and six chiefs of staff will present in a TED talk style format on what they have been doing to build inclusive communities. At the beginning of 2018, each participant developed a unique project specifically designed for their respective community. Learn... Read more »

11:30 am - 11:55 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: NLC University Leaders Lab: A Year of Building Inclusive Communities

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Hear from city leaders participating in the NLC University Leaders Lab Cohort. Five mayors and six chiefs of staff will present in a TED talk style format on what they have been doing to build inclusive communities. At the beginning of 2018, each participant developed a unique project specifically designed for their respective community. Learn... Read more »

12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Reimagining Local Infrastructure

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Learn how Los Angeles’s creative street projects are community-oriented, low-cost, and high impact. LA-Más, a nonprofit urban design organization, will share their work with the Great Streets initiative, including pedestrian projects on Reseda Blvd in Northridge and Western Ave in Koreatown. Learn about innovative small business support programs in Watts and Wilmington featuring storefront makeovers... Read more »

12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: San Jose: Engaging Older Adults as Civic Innovators

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How are cities leveraging America’s aging population? Today there are 48 million Americans 65 and older, and by 2060 it will be 98 million. The San Jose Mayor’s office provides a powerful model for cities to engage seniors. Since 2016 the city has partnered with Encore.org to leverage older adults as innovators in the public... Read more »

12:30 pm - 12:55 pm

L.A. Spotlight Theater: A Walk of Fame Dedicated to Exceptional Educators

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There is a walk of fame for actors and actresses, yet before their fame there was always a teacher’s encouragement driving them to achieve. The Walk of Hearts Foundation recognizes exceptional educators for their commitment, innovation, and positive influence on their students’ lives via a walk of fame dedicated to exceptional educators. The ideal nominee... Read more »

1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: A Sustainability Program for Your City’s Convention Center

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Learn more about Los Angeles’s current and future practices of environmental and sustainability programs for the convention center. Learn about the historical and benchmarking events of the facility, get an overview of programs at the building and future expectations for the Los Angeles Convention Center facility and the City.

1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Develop a Comprehensive and Balanced Housing Strategy

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As cities across the nation continue to grapple with the growing housing affordability crisis, the need for locally informed housing strategies is ever present. What are the key elements of a local housing strategy? How can you ensure all residents benefit? What are examples from other cities? Come to learn about a new resource available... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Attracting and Hosting Movie and TV Production

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Discover the economic benefits the entertainment industry brings to cities. Panelist will discuss the advantages for cities regarding job creation and consumer spending, of a TV show or movie locating in your community. Discover how municipal officials can attract movies and TV shows to their cities and what producers and production companies are looking for... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

World Café: Making Room for Innovation on City Streets

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Cities are partnering with technology partners like never before to innovate and reimagine what moves on city streets, curbs and sidewalks. Hear from five leading cities of all sizes and their technology partners who are using scalable projects to remix street patterns, bring autonomous transit fleets to local roads, set up bike and scooter sharing... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

The Housing Crisis: Strategies for Affordable, Safe and Healthy Homes

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Housing is a complex issue that has risen to the top of the priority list in cities across the nation. Come to learn about the complex issues surrounding housing affordability, the impacts of healthy homes, and tools to address these issues in communities around the nation.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Equity as the Center of Your Economic Development Toolbox

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Cities thrive when the people thrive which is why economic mobility, income inequality and racial wealth disparity continue to be a priority for elected officials. Come to learn how city leaders are intentionally applying an equity lens to economic development in their communities. This session will feature practitioners from the field including representatives from Leadership... Read more »