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10:30 am - 11:45 am

Film and Discussion: Leading Through the Storm

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Need advice on how to prepare for a disaster and persuade residents to evacuate? What about leading a response? Maybe you need insights into working with FEMA. Good disaster planning is important, but lessons from real experiences provide even greater value. Watch interviews with elected officials and specialist on the leader perspective versus the technical... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Addressing Addiction in Small Cities

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Too often people suffering with addiction end up entangled in the criminal justice system.  Learn about the opportunities that exist for small cities to address addiction including public health responses and pre-arrest diversion.  Hear a panel of local leaders and experts discuss different approaches that their cities have taken to address addiction .

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Big Ideas for Small Cities

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Small cities—populations under 50,000— represent most U.S. cities and towns. During this signature event, attendees will get ground-breaking ideas from fellow small city leaders proven to uplift the community. This TED-style presentation will feature mayors showcasing initiatives including smart city transformation, downtown revitalization, strategies for accuracy during the 2020 Census and incentive tactics to promote... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Building Broadband in Small Cities

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Broadband fuels economic development and success in cities, yet too many small and rural communities have been left on the wrong side of the digital divide. In this session, learn how small cities can build partnerships with private companies, federal and state agencies, and their own neighborhoods to expand broadband access. Participants will gain access... Read more »