The Congressional City Conference brings together more than 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments. Your partnership with the National League of Cities ensures the nation's cities a seat at the decision-making table with members of Congress, the White House, and federal agencies looking for solutions to addressing the nation's most pressing challenges. Additionally, you'll learn about the federal programs, funding opportunities and resources available to implement the most innovative practices at the local level.
Come to Washington, DC and join your fellow city leaders in calling on House and Senate members and the Administration to set aside partisan differences and break through the gridlock in order to find ways to support economic recovery and job creation efforts in our communities.
Make your voice heard at NLC's annual legislative conference, where you can share your hard-won insights with members of Congress, the White House, and federal agency representatives, as well as with your colleagues from across the country.
Economic developers require a comprehensive set of financing tools to support their work. From debt tools such as bonds, tax increment financing and loan programs to tax credits, small business lending and seed and venture capital funds, a community must be proactive in providing financing for the range of its economy’s needs. This workshop will introduce the concept of the development finance toolbox and explain the fundamental concepts behind each type of development finance tool. You will also learn about cities and agencies across the country that are successfully employing the development finance toolbox approach.
Dr. Beverly Browning - eCivis, Inc. and the Grant Writing Training Foundation
Level: 101 (Foundational)
Designed for city officials and staff from small and medium cities who are new to finding, applying for and managing federal grants – or want to refresh these skills – this session will provide foundational skills related to the federal grant process. Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to identify, plan and prepare a competitive application, increasing your chances of winning federal grants for your city.
Katie Kramer - Council of Development Finance Agencies
Toby Rittner - Council of Development Finance Agencies
Level: 101 (Foundational)
Escape the traditional routine of basing “new” budgets on revisions to the “old” budget. Priority Based Budgeting is a comprehensive, transparent process that helps elected officials, staff and the community to identify what results they wish to achieve and align programs and services to meet those larger goals. This introduction to the basic concepts of Priority Based Budgeting will lead to better informed decisions and help elected officials engage citizens to match resources to community priorities.
Cleveland Spruill - Alexandria Police Department
John Calhoun - National Crime Prevention Council
Ronald Davis - US Department of Justice
Level: 101 (Foundational)
Cultivate positive relations between local law enforcement and the public by discovering new ways your police force can partner with residents to prevent crime and build a stronger, safer community. Following this session, you’ll be able to assess the state of police-community relations, build trust with residents, and develop key partnerships with local allies to sustain and improve police relations in your neighborhoods over time.
Andrea Peet - STAR Communities
Dan Guilbeault - District Department of the Environment
Hilari Varnadore - STAR Communities
This session is designed for city leaders who want to learn how to use performance management to accelerate and sustain improvements to local economic, social and environmental conditions. Participants will be introduced to the STAR Community Rating System as a tool to organize and report on progress across areas as diverse as community water systems; workforce readiness; emergency prevention; transportation; business retention; affordable housing; education and equity.
Tax increment finance (TIF) and special assessment district financing have become the primary funding mechanisms for the development of defined geographic areas. TIF captures the future increases in property or sales taxes that new development generates in order to finance the present cost of improvements in economically sluggish or blighted areas. TIF provides local governments with a mechanism that does not rely on federal funds, escapes state limits on revenue and expenditures and does not apply new taxes on municipal taxpayers. This workshop will explain the basics concepts of TIF and best practices for using this tool. A variety of successful projects will be highlighted to help inspire how TIF can be implemented in your community.
Level: 201 (Specialized/Advanced)
Priority Based Budgeting is a comprehensive, transparent process that helps elected officials, staff and the community to identify what results they wish to achieve and align programs and services to meet those larger goals. This applied learning seminar is designed to allow city teams (or individuals, if the city cannot send a team) with a basic understanding of Priority Based Budgeting to explore advanced case studies and work with their own city data and strategic plans to apply these concepts.
Dennis J. Campa - The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Monica Fulton - City of Garden City
Level: 101 (Foundational)
Municipal leaders can assist struggling local families by connecting them to appropriate federal and state benefits. Outreach campaigns strengthen the financial security and well-being of local residents bringing significant additional resources into the local economy. You’ll explore key benefits for working families, including health coverage, nutritional supports, and federal tax credits, and learn how to connect local residents to these opportunities.
Elizabeth Kellar - Center for State and Local Government Excellence
Credits: 2 Level: 101(Foundational)
For many cities, the number of employees contributing to the pension fund is dropping at the same time the number of baby boomer retirees collecting pensions is on the rise. Thoughtful leadership and a willingness to adjust will be necessary to avoid a pension crisis and move cities to financially sustainable pension systems for the long-term. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge to draft an action plan and return home empowered to ask the right questions to create a more secure future for the city and its employees.
Help stimulate and aid downtown re-development in your community by determining financing programs and policies for financing downtown re-development, and evaluating which types of businesses or industries to attract. Explore opportunities to work across agencies to develop a strategic plan for re-development, and case studies of major successes and failures in downtown redevelopment.
The fundamentals of the Information Age are the same as in any other age—it is all about people. You will identify simple, effective leadership tools you can use when incorporating emerging technologies to engage the public. We will also explore methods to achieve greater efficiency and improved collaboration even as new technologies continue to emerge. This session will focus on selecting, implementing and effectively using new technologies alongside existing engagement strategies, and making a small shift in thinking to allow us see the familiar in a new way.
Cathryn Oakley - Human Rights Campaign
Katherine Darke Schmitt - US Department of Justice
Phil McNamara - Department of Homeland Security
TJ Kennedy - First Net
The main purpose of the PSCP Policy and Advocacy Committee meeting at the Congressional City Conference is to provide input that guides the development of the 2014 PSCP work plan. The PSCP Steering Committee will then use its meetings to further the plan and develop policy recommendations. Click here for the agenda.
Erik Peterson - The Afterschool Alliance
Akiba Saeedi - IBM
Akiba Saeedi - IBM
Barbara Day - U.S. Department of State
Oscar Trevino, Jr. - City of North Richland Hills
Rachel Steinhardt - Welcoming America
The growth of the immigrant population is a reality that cities across the nation are addressing every day. The federal government is working towards comprehensive immigration reform that will have effects on all communities. Prepare for the impacts of the passage of a federal bill and hear how local governments are successfully integrating new citizens into their communities.
Brian Holland - ICLEI - USA
Caitlin Durkovich - Department of Homeland Security
Karen Weitkunat - City of Fort Collins
Mike Boots - White House Council on Enviromental Quality
Vicki Arroyo - Georgetown Climate Center
The federal government is tackling climate change and supporting local efforts to create resilient communities. Learn what is being done at the federal and local levels and where more action is needed. Understand how to prepare and protect your critical infrastructure in the face of climate change and extreme weather events.
The federal budget is a constantly changing blueprint that has significant impacts on local finances. Plan for increased competition for federal resources and explore original financing options for local priorities. Understand what’s at stake in the debate over municipal bonds. A federal budget forecast will prepare you to make informed decisions about allocating resources within your own budget.
Jason Jordan - Center for Transportation Excellence
Jason Jordan - Center for Transportation Excellence
Liz Jaff - U.S. House of Representatives
Matthew Chiller - CH2M HILL
Tom Curtis - American Water Works Association
Xan Fishman - U.S. House of Representatives
Infrastructure plays an important role in maintaining the vitality of local and national economic success. Local leaders will need to find ways to pay for improvements to the nation’s aging transportation and water infrastructure and meet the growing number of mandates. Understand what federal options are available and the innovative financing mechanisms your colleagues are using to maintain these critical infrastructure systems.
Karen Freeman-Wilson - City of Gary
Lyman Legters - US Department of Justice
Tom Smith - City of Saint Paul
Neighborhoods that are dealing with juvenile violence and gang activity experience physical decay and a lack of civic engagement. A comprehensive strategy addressing this issue can create new opportunities for young people, support families, and build stronger social bonds in neighborhoods. Hear what the Federal Government is doing to combat youth violence and gang activities and what you can do to eliminate the root causes in your neighborhoods.
Jennifer Rinehart - The Afterschool Alliance
Dr. Nina E. Sonenberg - The Wallace Foundation
Gwen Camp - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Larry Klein - City of Palo Alto
Lynn Englum - World Wildlife Fund
Matthew Appelbaum - City of Boulder
Mr. Ralph Becker - City of Salt Lake City
The "Resilient and Renewable" Leadership Luncheon will provide an opportunity to celebrate and network with like-minded local officials who are leading the way in creating more resilient communities powered by clean energy. Learn more about Resilient Communities for America at www.resilientamerica.org, and RSVP for the luncheon here.
Bennett Sandlin - Texas Municipal League
Charles W. Thompson - International Municipal Lawyers Assn.
Lisa Eileen Soronen - State & Local Legal Center
The Legislative and Executive branches aren’t the only branches of the federal government that impact local governments. The Supreme Court and other appellate courts continue to play an important role in deciding the scope and limitations of local government authority. Learn about recent cases that are reshaping the way you govern in your community.
Kerry Duggan - US Department of Energy
Learn from federal agencies about various federal programs and opportunities that are available to cities and towns. Administration officials will be available to answer questions about federal resources, tools, grants, and programs of interest to local governments. This session will allow participants to engage in facilitated small group discussions with Administration officials and other local elected officials through a series of 20-minute rotations.
Clarence E. Anthony - National League of Cities
Dr. David Sander - City of Rancho Cordova
Randi Reid - Kountoupes-Denham Consulting, LLC
Reba Campbell - Municipal Association of South Carolina
Effectively communicate with federal officials about policy issues, and give them a specific policy “ask” in your upcoming advocacy efforts. Understand what characteristics make a good constituent advocate, how to engage with federal legislators, and why local leaders are some of the best advocates for their communities. Use the information from this session in Washington and in hometown meetings with federal legislators to lobby for the issues that matter to you.
Kevin Weiss - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mark Pollins - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ever-changing environmental rules, regulations, and mandates can be a lot for local leaders to keep track of. Understand how recent court cases and forthcoming regulatory actions will affect your planning decisions. Review the Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework and understand the flexibilities that it allows for in your planning process.
Amanda Bartoshesky - Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
Christina Nyquist - Aetna Life Insurance & Annuity Co.
Erin Rian - National League of Cities
Geoffrey C. Beckwith - Massachusetts Municipal Association
Paul Dioguardi - United States Department of Health & Human Services
Do you still have questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will affect your city? Join ACA experts so that you can learn the latest about the Affordable Care Act and what you can do to ensure that your city or town continues to meet the requirements of the Act and provide your employees with the insurance you think they deserve.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a new agency designed to make financial products and services work for Americans. The CFPB will work with local leaders to combat financial scams that can derail neighborhood revitalization. Form a relationship with this new agency to help protect your constituents from financial institutions looking to take advantage of underserved consumers.
Janet Kavinoky - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John Robert Smith - Transportation America
The nation’s transportation program will expire at the end of September, and federal transportation funding is in jeopardy. A strong multimodal, multiyear transportation program is important for sustaining our national and local economies. You will learn the future of the federal gas tax , how MAP-21 changed many of the rules for transportation programs, and other transportation issues that are important to local governments.
NLC is working with the U.S. Department of Education, to support community conversations on improving local education in cities across the country. These community conversations are designed to highlight how cities can be a catalyst for better communication and collaborations among cities, schools, higher education institutions, community organizations, and other local stakeholders to improve student success. Cities will be focusing on three critical points on the education pipeline: early learning; out-of-school time; and postsecondary access and success. This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to hear more about how city officials are engaging their communities and the federal government to improve student and life outcomes in their cities.
Clifford Graves - City of Carson
John Holman - City of Auburn
Well-developed transit systems connect consumers to local businesses and can help drive local economies. It takes a coordinated effort from all city departments and staff to create a healthy local economy and a robust transit system. Explore the link between transit oriented development and economic development and the importance of funding allocation to foster growth.
George Rice - Industry Council on Emergency Response Technologies
Richard Reed - First Net
Robert LeGrande - The Digital Decision
Robert Mancini - Government of the District of Columbia
Scott Agnew - AT&T
Scott Somers - City of Mesa
Todd Piett - Smart 911 / Ravs Mobile Safety
Cities are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of public safety services and are facing the tough decision to layoff first responders. Partnering with the Federal Government can give you access to broadband technology, particularly FirstNet, and other applications that can increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Review what technology is available to you and how you can prepare your public safety services to implement them and protect your residents.
Gerri Fiala - US Department of Labor
Mala Thakur - National Youth Employment Coalition
Mr. Neil Bomberg - National League of Cities
Neil Ridley - Center for Law and Social Policy
William Tinti, Esq. - Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey
The Workforce Investment Act was last authorized in 1998. Most job training experts agree that the Workforce Investment Act must be updated, modernized, improved, and reauthorized if we are going to create a workforce that can compete for the jobs of the future. How that gets accomplished remains the key question. A panel of job training experts will debate the future of the Workforce Investment Act, and discuss the need to modernize the national employment and training system.
Kate Sims - Food Research and Action Center
Tina Namian - US Department of Agriculture
Local governments play a large role in increasing access to child nutrition programs for low-income families. Successful implementation of federal out-of-school nutrition programs can have significant impacts on the overall health of your community. Hear about programs that range from anti-hunger to obesity prevention and learn how to create campaigns to raise awareness and increase access in your community.
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