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THE CITY SUMMIT EXPERIENCE

Host City – Los Angeles, CA

November 7 – 10

This is an opportunity for local officials —both elected and staff—to come together and learn from experts and each other. The conference will offer local officials education for leadership development, discussions covering the common issues and new trends affecting cities— and most importantly, invaluable best practices from local government experts and city leaders.

Exclusive to NLC’s fall conference, city leaders will get a chance to see how others successfully govern during mobile workshops around the host city that showcase real-world solutions to issues facing local government.

Conference Workshops

(approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Presentations, panels and discussions focused on common issues cities face—spanning from homeless and affordable housing to access to broadband and workforce development. City leaders will learn more about the issues and share best practice examples among peers.

NLC University Seminars

(range from three to six hours)

Half-day or full-day training that take a deep-dive into the various challenges navigating the duties of a public servant. Each seminar is worth one to three credits towards the NLC University certificate program. Topics of discussion range from finance and budgeting to racial equity and opportunity economic development. Additional fees are required to register.

General Sessions (approximately 90 minutes)
Get inspired during exciting programming featuring motivational stories from well-known national leaders. Learn from the success of other leaders and public servants around the nation during panel discussions and one-on-one interviews.

Host City Mobile Workshops

(estimated four hours)

Exclusive to NLC’s fall conference, city leaders will get a chance to see how their peers successfully govern and innovate during various workshops showcasing projects and programs around the host city.


Added Value

There’s also plenty of value attendees will receive outside education. You’ll also find best practices and solutions through connections made during other activities.

Expo Hall 

250+ private, public, and nonprofit sector vendors 

Come find tangible solutions from vendors offering services ranging from business supplies to public utilities. With vendors like Esri, Greenshine New Energy, and FEMA— just to name a few, city officials can make direct connections with the right people for more effective municipal procurement. While thousands of local elected officials come together to learn and network, city purchasers will find a lot of value in the exhibition hall where they can have meaningful conversations about goods and services for the community.

Networking Events 

50+ social activities with local officials and corporate leaders

Whether it’s the welcome reception, closing celebration, the constituency group events or state municipal league activities, there is no shortage of opportunities for you to meet and build relationships with other local leaders. Each event offers an opportunity to exchange ideas and nurture relationships that will further support your community. You can also use the evening receptions simply to strengthen your relationships with your own staff and colleagues outside the walls of City Hall.

Constituency Group Meetings 

Five individual caucuses for ethnicity, gender, and orientation

Constituency groups provide a great opportunity to join a group within NLC of leaders with common backgrounds or interests. Many of these events are open to all attendees (some require ticket purchase).

 Member Council Meetings 

Six individual groups for niche communities

Member councils are groups for city leaders from similar communities who share ideas about their unique issues. Member councils include Small Cities Council, Large Cities Council, First Tier Suburbs Council, University Communities Council, and Military Communities Council.

NLC Governance Activities and Meetings 

Seven committees and 45 resolutions representing the federal policy positions of cities nationwide

City Summit is the culmination of NLC’s policy and governance work for the year.  Get involved by attending a Federal Advocacy committee meeting and the annual business meeting to learn how you can have your say in NLC.  After all, it’s your organization!