By Michael Karpman
Municipal leaders and their community partners are invited to register for NLC's 2013 National Summit on Your City's Families, which will be held November 12-14 in Seattle, in conjunction with and immediately preceding NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition. Local leaders have the opportunity to participate in both events, and can register now on the NLC website.
Network with Peers. Find Solutions. Reenergize Your Efforts.
The biennial Summit is the nation's largest gathering of municipal leaders who are working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in their communities. Hundreds of mayors, city councilmembers, senior municipal staff, and school and community partners will gather at the Summit for two days of learning, training and networking.
As part of this year's Summit, NLC will launch a new strategic partnership with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) by hosting joint sessions that bring together Summit attendees with participants in ULC's Partners for Success conference, which takes place in Seattle on November 12-13. Together, participants in these conferences will explore the power of collaboration among libraries, municipal leaders, and civic organizations in improving educational outcomes for residents of all ages.
Building Partnerships, Getting Results
More than ever, municipal leaders are at the forefront of community-wide efforts to boost educational achievement, promote health and wellness, prevent youth violence, and increase family financial stability. Are these initiatives leading to better outcomes? Are cities generating a measurable return on their investments?
A strong emphasis on community solutions and "results-based" partnerships will permeate the 2013 Summit, giving attendees new tools for addressing local challenges while tracking and sustaining progress over time. Participants will learn how cities and their partners increasingly are using a Results-Based Accountability framework to measure success, working backward from the results they are trying to achieve collectively to the strategies they will use to get there.
Summit participants will also play a key role in shaping future directions for NLC's work by joining a process for defining key benchmarks for effective municipal leadership on behalf of children and families.
How to Register
Registration for the 2013 Summit is now open on the Congress of Cities online registration website. Early registration rates are in effect between now and July 30, and include an option to register for both the Summit and the Congress of Cities at a sharply discounted rate.
Summit information - including workshop descriptions, keynote speakers, and information on structured networking opportunities - will be posted regularly at www.nlc.org/2013Summit. For questions about the Summit, please contact Sharie Wood at (202) 626-3087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.