3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Preparing Your Community for the Next Economic Downturn

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Analysts now predict that the next recession will occur in 2021. How is your community preparing? In this session, you will get the scoop on how ratings agencies and analysts view the current economy. Hear from practitioners and peers about what’s on the horizon for local financial and economic trends, and learn strategies to ready... Read more »

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Cybersecurity 101

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Nearly every local government service depends in some way on the ability to create, maintain, and secure large quantities of data. The importance of data brings new risks for cities and towns as cyberattacks are on the rise, grabbing headlines nationwide. Cybersecurity deserves both immediate attention and long-term planning. Come join a range of experts... Read more »

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Downtown Development

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Downtowns across the nation are getting new life. Cities and towns are revitalizing vacant properties into arts and cultural centers, strengthening retention and expansion efforts to secure local and legacy businesses, and implementing mixed-use developments to promote livability. During this session, you will learn innovative and proven approaches to downtown development ranging from supporting entrepreneurs... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

What Opportunity Zones Mean for the Future of Local Economic Development

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In the last year, Opportunity Zones have created a buzz country-wide among investors and governments. While this new economic development incentive has been met with both excitement and healthy skepticism, what do opportunity zones really mean for cities, towns and villages? With a 10-year lifespan, you will need to be the champions of your residents... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Home Rule in the 21st Century

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With a goal of advancing local decision making, this workshop highlights the renewed Home Rule principles for the 21st Century. Updated for the first time since the 1950s, the principles are based on research of the implications of preemption, messaging strategies for adoption of the principles and the best methods of adoption within the states.... Read more »