by Cyndy Liedtke Hogan
NLC is working closely with the city of Boston to develop a program for the 2012 Congress of Cities and Exposition that will focus on promoting strong local economies, building sustainable communities and strengthening neighborhoods and families.
The conference, to be held November 28 - December 1 in Boston, will offer a range of learning and networking opportunities to city officials, including mobile tours highlighting successful programs from the city of Boston, along with the traditional keynote speakers, workshops and peer networking sessions.
Online registration with best advance rates is now open.
Conference programming will be organized into three concurrent conferences and attendees can choose to focus on one of the concurrent conferences or sample content from all three.
Attendees of the "Promoting Strong Local Economies" conference will learn strategies to help individuals build 21st century workforce skills and to spur, support , attract and retain businesses, as a vibrant business community and a skilled workforce are the essential elements of strong local economies.
Decisions affecting land-use, infrastructure development and the use of technology to maximize efficiencies across energy, water and transportation systems will be among the topics at the forefront of the "Building Sustainable Communities" conference. Participants will learn how to develop the partnerships and strategies to go beyond standalone investments in a city's built environment and move toward integrated approaches that facilitate connected, intelligent and sustainable communities.
Families, homes and neighborhoods define the unique character of a community. When these environments are safe and supportive, they provide critical opportunities for individuals to grow, learn and prosper. Focusing on a set of interrelated issues essential for building healthy families and strong and engaged communities, the "Strengthening Neighborhoods and Families" conference will offer practical skills, tools and resources geared toward city elected leaders and professional staff in cities of all sizes.
The Congress of Cities will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, a modern facility with more than two million square feet of meeting and exhibit space and a focus on technology and sustainability.
The City of Boston is proud to host the Congress of Cities and show local officials from across the country its unique programs.
"We are thrilled to be convening the 2012 Congress of Cities in Boston," said Mayor Thomas Menino in a welcome video shown at the 2012 Congressional City Conference. "We are a growing, diverse and youthful city."
Boston is home to several ground-breaking programs and initiatives that fit in with the concurrent conference topics, including the new waterfront Innovation District. The district includes incubator space, areas for collaboration and housing tailored to entrepreneurs and innovators. One hundred companies and more than 3,000 jobs have moved to the district in the last two years.
The city will break ground this week on a centerpiece of the Innovation District: the Boston Public Innovation Center. The one-story, 12,000-square-foot facility will serve as a home base for entrepreneurs to meet and exchange ideas, to convene programs and events and support the innovation economy.
Boston is recognized a leader in K-12 education reform, with programs such as all-day early education for 4-year-olds and Parent University.
Long before the national impact of the housing crisis, Boston's Don't Borrow Trouble campaign helped citizens solve their own mortgage problems.
Boston is also a leader in sustainability efforts as the largest municipal purchaser of green energy and one of the first cities to establish a bike share program.
Congress of Cities and Exposition attendees will get the chance to see these and other programs in action. Check the Congress of Cities webpage for the latest information and to register.
Photo courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.