Corporate Partner Sponsored Sessions

Four of NLC's Corporate Partners - IBM, Microsoft, United Water and Wells Fargo - hosted sponsored breakfast sessions on Monday, March 11, at the 2013 Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC. Corporate Partners had the exclusive opportunity to submit proposals, and the sessions were selected based on their education value to delegates. The Partners delivered case studies and best practices, provide industry analysis important to city officials, and create dialogue and the exchange of ideas on various topics. The sessions were open to all attendees.



Monday, March 11
7:30-8:45 a.m.
Room: Lincoln 4
Smarter Cities and the Possibilities from Smarter Social Programs  

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Learn more about the challenges cities are facing as more people move to urban areas and government agencies are challenged to serve the needs of these citizens. Leaders are innovating across services to meet the increasing needs and expectations of citizens - with the citizen at the center. Hear from the NYC Department of Homeless Services about their innovative approach to managing the growing problem of homelessness.

Speakers:
Frederick Trelfa, Executive Agency Council, CARES Program, NYC Department of Homeless Services
Curtis Clark, Director Global Government, IBM Public Sector
Walter Sedlazek, Director, IBM Cúram Product Strategy

 


Monday, March 11
7:30-8:45 a.m.
Room: Lincoln 6
Understanding the Cost and Benefits of Cloud Computing for Your City

Cloud computing is so much more than just the latest technology industry buzzword. Cloud computing provides a new and revolutionary opportunity for cities of all sizes to cut costs, provide essential citizen services quickly and efficiently, stimulate new collaboration between agencies and employees, and reap almost immediate benefit from new innovations. This will be a non-technical, cloud basics forum wherein we will discuss why elected officials from cities both large and small are moving to the cloud and the issues mayors and councilmembers should understand before adopting cloud computing. This discussion will demystify this strategically important new computing trend, reshape elected officials' thinking about the cost and adoption of technology, and identify strategies for managing risk factors of security, privacy and compliance.

Speaker:
Fred Humphries, Vice President, US Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

 


Monday, March 11
7:30-8:45 a.m.
Room: Lincoln 2
Solution: Investing in America's Water

Many cities are seeking to limit water and sewer tariff increases, while crumbling infrastructure and new regulatory requirements cause ever-increasing demands for capital improvements and spending. The ability to unlock value in existing water and wastewater assets, reduce outstanding indebtedness and/or fund new projects, while also reducing operational costs, better managing risks, and securing long term guarantees, are among the benefits several cities are considering by opting for alternative financing approaches. In this session, learn about unique utility public-private partnerships, such as the one in the city of Bayonne, NJ, that generate revenue to improve infrastructure and create sustainable water and wastewater systems for decades to come.

Speaker:
Dan Sugarman, Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, United Water

 


Monday, March 11
7:30-8:45 a.m.
Room: Lincoln 3
Preserving Homeownership, Properties, and Neighborhood Stabilization

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Cities and towns continue to feel the effects of the housing market downturn. This session will present efforts and strategies to address housing and homeownership preservation challenges in municipalities, including handling mortgage delinquency or foreclosure, partnering with municipalities to handle property preservation, addressing code violations, and managing Real Estate Owned (REO) properties, including utilizing repairs to minimize days on market and maximize owner occupancy.

Speakers:
Marie Day, Senior Vice President, Community Outreach, Wells Fargo
Tyler Smith, Vice President, REO Community Development, Wells Fargo