Content that Matters to You

The Congressional City Conference offers insights, solutions and connections found nowhere else. Whatever your role, interest or area of expertise, you’ll find a wide variety of targeted subject areas which directly impact communities will be addressed. Presentations will be conducted in the form of workshops, NLC University sessions and/or policy committee meetings.

For more detailed information for each session please refer to the conference schedule.

Infrastructure  |  Municipal Finance/Budgets  |  Environment  |  Public Safety 

Economic and Community Development  |  Human Services\Human Development  |  Leadership  |  Federal Advocacy

Infrastructure

Roads and bridges, water and sewer, mass transit-all are essential services that citizens expect and demand. They're also critical to the national and local economies. Yet municipal leaders today are faced with aging infrastructure on one hand and the need for more capacity and services on the other. From both a physical standpoint and a fiscal one, infrastructure challenges are real and growing ... but solutions do exist.

  • Workshop: Funding Critical Infrastructure Systems
  • Workshop: Transit-Oriented Economic Development
  • Workshop: Renewing the Nation's Transportation Program
  • Policy Committee: Transportation Infrastructure Services

Municipal Finance/Budgets

At a time when every dollar counts and every outlay must be weighed against competing priorities, city officials must have the knowledge and tools to make informed financial decisions. Employing best practices, understanding basic concepts and taking advantage of existing funding programs can bring available resources and goals into alignment and result in improved outcomes.

  • Workshop: Local Impacts from the Federal Budget
  • NLC University: Securing and Managing Federal Grants for Small and Mid-Size Cities
  • NLC University: Introduction to Priority-Based Budgeting
  • NLC University: Utilizing Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • NLC University: Advanced Priority-Based Budgeting: Applied Learning Seminar
  • Policy Committee: Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations

Environment

Environmental factors are increasingly having an impact on communities. Whether it's on the administrative level in the form of new or changing environmental rules and regulations, or more directly as a result of extreme weather events and climate change, new tools, protocols and response mechanisms are available to assist and protect municipalities, citizens and the environment itself.

  • Workshop: Understanding Environmental Regulatory Implications for Local Governments
  • Workshop: Building Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change
  • NLC University: Performance Management: A Sustainability Case Study
  • Policy Committee: Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources

Public Safety

No community should have to compromise on public safety, yet many believe they have little choice. Fewer first responders translate to higher risks. Compounding the issue are increasing incidences of youth gangs, drugs and criminal activities that push law enforcement resources to the limit. City officials need to know that robust programs and ample resources are in place and can be used to address public safety concerns.

  • Workshop: Using Technology to Improve Public Safety
  • Workshop: Preventing Juvenile Violence for Safer Communities
  • NLC University: Fostering Positive Police-Community Relations
  • Policy Committee: Public Safety & Crime Prevention

Economic and Community Development

More and more communities are finding new life in old places thanks to a growing interest in neighborhood revitalization efforts. These projects are proving to be a boon to local economies and catalysts for area rebirth. As attractive as these initiatives can be, they do take considerable planning, deft coordination and flexible financing tools to maximize their potential.

  • Workshop: Transit-Oriented Economic Development
  • Workshop: Federal Partners for Consumer Financial Protection
  • NLC University: The Economic Development Financing Toolbox
  • NLC University: Utilizing Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • NLC University: Downtown Re-Development
  • Policy Committee: Community and Economic Development

Human Services/Human Development

Providing human services and developing human capital are two of the most basic, and most important, community obligations. Ensuring that all residents have proper health care readily available and adequate educational opportunities within reach, it's critical that city leaders identify, understand and tap into the many programs and initiatives that can enable and ensure a healthy, educated and well-trained population.

  • Workshop: How Cities are Working with the Federal Government to Come Together Around Education
  • Workshop: What Does Immigration Reform Mean for Cities?
  • Workshop: Encouraging Healthier Children for a Healthier Community
  • Workshop: What the Affordable Care Act Means to Your City
  • Workshop: Creating a Federal Job Training Program for the Future
  • NLC University: Strengthening Families and Cities: Connecting Residents to Federal and State Benefits
  • Policy Committee: Human Development

Leadership

The best leaders have the ability to see the big picture ... to acknowledge and understand the challenges at hand, to prioritize and put them in perspective, and then have the ability to communicate and match people, resources and technology to arrive at reasoned solutions. To fully comprehend the big picture, it's important for city officials to have a wide view of the federal landscape as it relates to local interests and know what's coming next.

  • Workshop: Federal Agency Round Robin
  • NLC University: Public Leadership in the Information Age

Federal Advocacy

Promoting partnership between officials at all levels of government is essential to a strong and vibrant society. For local communities to benefit most, city officials must recognize the power of advocacy and why positioning, ongoing dialogue and persistence can deliver substantive results. In a world where connections count, these bonds are among the most compelling local leaders should be cultivating.

  • Workshop: Advocating for Hometown Priorities
  • Workshop: That Other Branch of Government
  • Workshop: Federal Agency Round Robin
  • NLC University: Strengthening Families and Cities: Connecting Residents to Federal and State Benefits
  • Policy Committee: Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations