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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.