The Congress of Cities and Exposition will be held in Seattle, WA from November 13 through November 16. The Conference will bring together local leaders from cities across the United States. Participants will find a range of learning and networking opportunities highlighting successful programs from the City of Seattle and communities across the country.
A wide ranging selection of workshops designed to engage participants and share the most promising skills, strategies, and best practices to continue to keep the nation's cities and towns prosperous.
Host city Seattle will offer off-site workshops, free of charge to registered delegates, to showcase collaborative solutions to issues facing local government.
Throughout the conference, NLC member-city officials will participate in the important work of governing the association. Most of the governance meetings listed will be open to the public and you are encouraged to stop in to observe and consider how you might become involved.
Educational seminars are crafted so participants obtain current resources, develop strategies, build skills, and engage in small group discussions and exercises with their peers from other communities.
Special tours created each year by the host city offer spouses and guests the chance to explore the city for its educational value.
Exhibitors can increase their visibility among attendees by investing in an exhibit hall opportunity. These opportunities, exclusive to exhibitors, will give your company/organization expanded recognition during the two days of the exposition.
Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods staff and community leaders as they showcase the revitalization of a neighborhood with help from the departments’ community engagement programs. You’ll visit the Columbia City Landmark District which includes a thriving business district and residential properties and where several capital projects were conceptualized and completed by community members with the help of the city’s popular Neighborhood Matching Fund. Learn from community leaders how they used city resources and developed partnerships to make a difference in their neighborhoods. We’ll also stop by a community garden located in a low-income housing development that is managed by the department’s P-Patch Community Gardening Program to showcase the power of community engagement.
In this workshop we will explore additional ways that community members can work together to respond after an emergency. The Community Emergency Hub Program supports engaged residents to take action in a new way. The program expands the traditional concept of individual preparedness to include a greater community response. The main concept of Community Emergency Hubs is that in geographic communities throughout the city, the community determines a location to meet after a large-scale emergency to share information, resources, problem-solve and support one another. As a part of the workshop, you will visit the City’s Emergency Operations Center and an identified Community Hub.
In 2007, Seattle passed a Zero Waste strategy to increase recycling and reduce trash. Learn how the city is working with Republic Services to reach these goals. Using leading-edge technology, Republic ‘s facility processes 750 tons of material per day, nearly all of which goes back to domestic and international markets within days of processing.
During this workshop, you will take a tour of Republic Services' state-of-the-art recycling facility, located at the heart of Seattle's SODO neighborhood. You will hear from representatives of Republic and Seattle Public Utilities about our partnership to meet these goals and how your community can reduce waste and save your citizens money.
--Sponsored by Republic Services
Visit the Microsoft campus in Redmond to see firsthand how to leverage the power of business intelligence and analytics to increase public safety. Tour the Microsoft Global Security & Operations Center and see a demo of the intelligence and communications cities are using today to improve security and sustain operations during emergencies. Includes a visit to the Microsoft Visitor Center and Company Store.
--Sponsored by Microsoft
Community Schools Collaboration (CSC) was established as a public/private partnership in Tukwila, Washington in 1998. The objective was to provide a safe place afterschool for students in the Tukwila School District to receive academic support and enrichment. CSC had great success, improving graduation rates and school attendance, and decreasing mobility rates and high school drop-outs. Today, CSC has extended their full-service community school model to 20 elementary, middle and high school campuses throughout the region. This mobile workshop will include an insider look at some of the neighborhoods served by CSC, a first-hand visit to an afterschool CSC activity at the elementary, middle or high school, and will end with opportunities for open dialogue and questions/answers. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the single most diverse school district in the nation located in Tukwila, Washington, were 62% of the population is minority and more than 49% speak a language other than English at home.
Join representatives from Seattle City Light and the director of the Municipal Solid State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) as they highlight how converting your city’s streetlights to LEDs can save your community money while improving public safety in your neighborhoods. Participants will travel to Seattle’s Lighting Design Lab to look at lighting option and learn how you can collaborate with your local utility, neighborhoods, law enforcement and other entities to transform your neighborhood through better street lighting. To date, the LED conversion program has saved the City of Seattle millions of dollars in energy and maintenance costs. Attendees will also learn about the activities of the Consortium and how Consortium tools and resources can be utilized to advance their own LED street lighting programs. From there, attendees will travel to see firsthand how LED street lighting can transform a streetscape.
Bellevue has transformed from strawberry fields to bedroom community to major metropolitan center in the past 60 years. Tour downtown with its high-rise residential and office development and learn about what is happening to make it more walkable, livable and vibrant while accommodating future growth. Tour the industrial area that is planned for TOD around new light rail stations. Finally, visit the Jubilee REACH to learn how Bellevue is partnering with the non-profit and private sector to mobilize Resources, Education, Assistance, Community and Hospitality to serve Bellevue’s kids and families.
See Seattle’s Pathways to Careers Initiative, an innovative partnership offering foundational classes to low-skilled students in key growth sectors. Tour a joint public/private training center at Vigor Marine and learn about how this initiative is providing industry recognized skills through a sequence of classes in maritime, composites and or other related fields of study.
Tour the Microsoft campus in Redmond to get a glimpse of the future. With 125 buildings, spread over 500 acres, hosting over 41K employees, the Microsoft Headquarters has become a model for the “City of the Future”. Tour energy efficient buildings, try services delivered to citizens on the go, and visit the leading edge operations center to see vision become reality for a more connected and responsive city government. Includes a visit to the Microsoft Visitor Center and Company Store. --Sponsored by Microsoft
Tour the Bullitt Center, the Greenest Commercial Building in the World, and learn how your community can implement strategies to increase your city’s green building foot print and other sustainable development practices. We will discuss green building incentives, including priority green permitting, zoning, and the living building challenge.
Kenmore, with a population of nearly 21,000, is an economically healthy city in northern King County where innovative businesses soar without limits. Kenmore is building an innovation hub to attract and support health care and technology start-ups, as well as help existing multigenerational businesses seeking to expand. Join City and business leaders as they highlight how Kenmore is leveraging local businesses to strengthen economic development efforts. The mobile workshop will visit Kenmore’s LEED Gold City Hall and Bastyr University, the top natural medicine university and research institute in the United States featuring a LEED Platinum Student Village.
Washington State Convention Center