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3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

How the Gig Economy Can Help Cities Thrive

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The gig economy in America is growing exponentially as more than a third of the workforce hold a contractor or part-time gig. From Uber to TaskRabbit, innovative mobile applications offer ways to find work and provide users with more control of their time and income. When the local economy takes a turn, a strong gig... Read more »

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 »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

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

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Nearly 200 cities joined the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge, a program to improve the outcomes for boys and men of color— launched in 2015 by President Obama. City leaders have agreed to take action by launching city-wide initiatives, starting mentoring programs and changing local policies. As city leaders seek to build on current... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

World Cafe: Navigating the Growing World of Legal Cannabis

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Cannabis is an industry projected to grow at nearly 30 percent per year over the next decade. It is often hard to remember that just five years ago no state had legal adult use recreational cannabis. Today, 46 states have legalized some use of cannabis (95 percent of the American public), 29 have broad access... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Building Foundations: Investing in Youth to Support Workforce Success

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Is the next generation ready for the future of work? City leaders can be proactive to prepare youth for the workforce by implementing effective strategies that promote professional development long before they enter the workforce. Come to learn how to cultivate a successful workforce that supports sustainable economic growth. During a panel discussion, you’ll hear insights... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Cybersecurity, Ethics and Liability in the Era of Big Data

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The benefits of big data are endless but collecting, utilizing and storing data present ethical and security risks for government and privacy risks for communities. During this panel discussion, learn the role city leadership plays in ensuring cybersecurity is a priority underscoring initiatives that collect and house residents’ data. Take advantage of the time to ask panel... Read more »

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 »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Preparing to Rebuild and Reimagine Local Infrastructure

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The National League of Cities has called on Congress to “Rebuild and Reimagine” American Infrastructure, but is your city ready for what may come next? Come to learn how your city can manage the comprehensive infrastructure projects of today, meeting multiple needs across transportation, water, and energy sectors. Hear leaders share stories about local governments... Read more »

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.

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 .

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 »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Film and Discussion: The House We Live In

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Race is not biology. It is a social construct ingrained in politics, economics and culture—and carries various economic impacts and outcomes for communities. Learn the ways America’s institutions and policies, such as redlining and housing policy, advantage some groups at the expense of others. After the film, join in on a dynamic discussion that will... Read more »

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Public Forum: Strategies to Strengthen Local Democracy

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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. Local leaders will learn how to overcome the structural hurdles to building local... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Reducing Costs in Emergency Management

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2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in United States’ history. It has long been known that every $1 spent on disaster mitigation saves at least $4 in recovery costs, and new tools are making it easier than ever to prioritize your investments. The implementation of technological advances can significantly reduce the time between... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

The Future is Automated: How City Leaders Can Prepare for a New Economic Landscape

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Automation is one of the formidable forces molding the changing economy. It has the potential to impact people across sectors and at various levels of employment and education. From manufacturing and supply chain to retail and food service, many jobs are vulnerable to automation. City leaders will learn to prepare communities for the future of... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Film Discussion: No Small Matter

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In the richest country in the world, why are so many children not school ready by the time they reach kindergarten? A child’s earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long cognitive and emotional development, even mental and physical health. Early childhood experiences form the basis for kindergarten readiness, which... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Overcoming Social Inequities with Technology, Today – Deep Dive

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Could technology make a difference in speeding up how we respond to social inequities? Governments around the nation are faced with issues like homelessness, blight, opioid addiction, access to care, veterans’ services, access to transit, and many more. This session will explore how technology can bridge the gap between resources and the less fortunate as... 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 »

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

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 »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Building a Culture of Health and the Threat of Preemption

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A culture of health offers everyone the opportunity to make healthy choices and to increase their well-being. Cities are ideal places to build a culture of health because they are where many of us live, work, and play. As local leaders take steps to improve their communities by policy or programs, state legislatures are increasingly... Read more »

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Redlining and Governing for Racial Equity

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Although redlining was banned years ago, this practice still occurs in several cities across the nation. Learn how municipalities are uncovering, unpacking and addressing the effects of redlining in communities across our country and how redlining helped solidify intergenerational disparities by race. Explore what cities can do to apply a racial equity lens to develop... 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.

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 directs dollars to outcomes that matter... 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 »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Ensuring Equity in Workforce Development Programming for Special Populations

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A skilled workforce is a major contributor to a growing economy.  As technology advances, cities must prepare for a new economic landscape that offers training and job opportunities to all constituents. City leaders will discuss strategies that promote equity in workforce development and discover new programs to ensure year-long programming for youth and adults. Local... Read more »

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 »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Film and Discussion: Heroin(e) Documentary

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Watch the Academy Award-nominated short film Heroin(e) and see first-hand how Huntington, West Virginia—where the overdose rate is 10 times the national average, manages the growing number of opioid overdoses, including prescription pain medications, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, and learn about the psychological toll it has on this community. Hear from police, judges, first... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

World Cafe: Strategies for Sustainable, Livable Communities

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What’s your city’s livability score? Sustainability is a component of maintaining a good quality of life. City leaders will learn how creating sustainable cities aids in the development of long-term and comprehensive strategies that support the triple bottom line – people, profit and planet. During this round-robin style session, local leaders will engage in facilitated... Read more »