By Alison Clark
The ever-growing program for the 2014 Congress of Cities in Austin is now bolstered by four new workshops that have just been added to the website. With a full workshop schedule plus mobile workshops and NLC University seminars, you'll want to plan ahead for which sessions you will attend, and discuss amongst your colleagues how you will prioritize the many options to get the best return for your city's investment. Take a glance at the recently added workshops:
Collaborative Service Delivery: Making a Private-Public Sector Partnership Work
Learn about the concept of collaborative service delivery, a solution to the challenge of delivering more and better services to citizens with limited and declining resources. This workshop will show you how using a combination of self-performance and contracting out will allow you to shift your focus from government to governance - that is, from managing day-to-day issues to more broadly facilitating the community's development.
Promoting Financial Security with Technology
Technology has revolutionized every aspect of business, including the ability for businesses to pay their employees electronically. Despite these advances, more than 67,000 working San Francisco households still get paid with paper checks, saddling workers and employers with extra costs, lost productivity, and higher risks. By updating to electronic pay solutions like direct deposit and pay cards, businesses can save money, empower lower-income workers, and reduce environmental impact. In this workshop, you will hear what CurrenC SF, a program supported by NLC's corporate partner Visa, is doing to help break the cycle of financial insecurity, and you will get resources to address income inequality in your city.
The Role of Public-Private Cooperation in Economic Development
Public-private collaborations are often essential to big changes in a city's infrastructure. Participate in this workshop to hear how NLC's corporate partner Southwest Airlines made huge infrastructure investments in two major airports within Texas, then turned them over to their respective cities to run. Southwest initiated the Love Field Modernization Program in Dallas and the Hobby International Terminal Construction Project in Houston, both large-scale renovation projects. You will learn how these cities cooperated with Southwest to upgrade their airports.
Engaging Veterans to Build Communities
In the last few years, state and local governments have seen more than 2.5 million veterans return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The return of these veterans comes at a time of increased federal focus on ending veteran homelessness. In addition, communities are dealing with the aging of the baby boomer generation and an on-going economic recovery. The confluence of these factors presents local leaders with unique opportunities and challenges. This workshop will feature a panel discussing how an initial focus on veterans can help cities pave the way for how they can better serve all people.
Full descriptions for these and all workshops are available on the Congress of Cities website.
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