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12:40 pm - 4:30 pm

Mobile Workshop: Building the World’s Largest Cannabis Industry

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Learn from both a large and small city about how they handled implementing cannabis regulations from manufacturing to retail sale! Get a behind the scenes tour and see the economic impact of the cannabis industry on this don’t miss tour!

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Cannabis Regulation and Cities: What Elected Officials Need to Know

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Early projects to regulate medical and recreational cannabis might best be termed, “The Wild West.” The “norms” of this important public safety service are finally emerging, giving way to turnkey solutions that can be rapidly implemented. More importantly, civic leaders gain the tangible benefit of avoiding the early adopter pitfalls and can build now upon... Read more »

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Optimize Your Processes: Best Practices for Spend Management

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Your city employees have more power than ever in how your agencies’ dollars are spent. Uncontrolled, inefficient or invisible spending can impact your city agency from directing much-needed funding into citizen-facing services that are critical to your city. In this session, we will tackle the biggest offenders – your invoice and expense processes. Learn how... Read more »

9:00 am - 9:45 am

How to Attract and Retain a Talented Workforce

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For decades, the employment needs between the public and private sectors were very different. In the public sector, you work for civic duty to build our communities. In the private sector, you serve to build a business and move commodities.  As technology advanced, the need for IT support and services alone quickly changed the employment... Read more »

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Facebook for Local Government

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Come to learn about the latest tools, tips and best practices that can help you better reach and connect with your constituents on Facebook, and ask us your questions about the platform. Presented by Facebook, an NLC Corporate Partner

12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Discovering the Latest Census Bureau Tools from the American Community Survey

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Learn how to access and analyze the American Community Survey (ACS) detailed local population and housing information from Census experts using the new platform. This customer-focused platform allows easy access to Census data for all user levels and expertise. Get live demonstrations of this free tool, which provides city-level data tailored to your needs.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Improve Your City with Data Driven Leadership

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Data offers city leaders ways to improve services. Discover how you can use data to make the quality of life in your city better. Industry leaders and city leaders will discuss the practical applications of data in the work of city government and review key concepts for data use. Find out how to use data... Read more »

4:30 pm - 4:55 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Young Municipal Leaders: Building a Network of Problem Solvers

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Nationally, young municipal leaders are continuing to lead their communities in innovative ways. Come to interact with representatives from the Young Municipal Leaders Advisory Group as they discuss the importance of a Young Municipal Leaders Network that can: foster solutions to local challenges, strengthen leaders’ ability to connect with national peers and increase national and... Read more »

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Local Democracy in the Face of State Interference

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Stronger local democracy is critical, especially during times of national political turmoil like we’re experiencing today. Join city leaders as they go deeper on a range of topics focused on strengthening the capacity of local government and the vibrancy of civic participation. This session will feature a fireside chat with incoming NLC president Mayor Freeman-Wilson... Read more »

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

World Café: Building Better Civic Engagement

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Civic engagement is a crucial component of local democracy—and a key tool to understanding the wants and needs of your residents. This session will give you the opportunity to hear from a collection of experts and practioners and take away new tactics for getting better engagement and participation in your communities. The world café format... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

What Cities Can Do When States Push Down Higher Healthcare and Pension Costs

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Pensions play a critical role in the ability of local governments to attract and retain talent. The costs associated with this employee benefit, however, can be substantial. Looking at the total employee compensation package is important for cities, especially when the state pushes down higher healthcare and pension costs. Learn the makeup of the compensation... Read more »

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The 2020 Census: Why it Matters and How You Can Get Ready

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The 2020 Census will get underway in just under 18 months, but preparing for an accurate and complete count starts now. The results of the 2020 Census impact every city, determining how voting lines are drawn and how federal funds are allocated. This panel will feature local and national experts explaining the unique challenges of... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

What Your City’s Budget Says About Local Priorities

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How cities decide to raise revenue and spend money should reflect its community values and priorities. What is your city’s budget saying? Learn how to transform the budget and streamline the process to obtain revenue in ways that do not unfairly burden particular members of the community, and that direct dollars to outcomes that matter... Read more »