About the Congressional City Conference

Who Should Attend  |  Federal Advocacy  |  NLC University  |  Engagement Opportunities

Topics Covered/Workshops  |  Accomodations

Who Should Attend?

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  • Elected officials looking for the most up to date information on how federal policy will affect their communities;
  • City managers searching for federal funding opportunities;
  • Intergovernmental affairs Staff wanting to strengthen their relationships with federal partners;
  • Fiscal officers trying to understand how the federal budget will affect their bottom line;
  • Senior policy officials interested in learning what changes in federal transportation, education, job training, and other programs means for their city; and
  • Local government stakeholders who want to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and local governments.

Federal Advocacy

Image removed.The Congressional City Conference brings local leaders to the doorsteps of federal policy makers. There will be opportunities throughout the conference for city officials to travel to Capitol Hill for meetings with their congressional delegation and advocate on behalf of NLC's federal action priorities, and to showcase how cities and towns are partnering with the federal government to help the nation achieve its goals. Advocacy Central, NLC's one-stop lobbying shop, will provide the latest updates on federal legislative priorities and supply materials to assist conference attendees with congressional delegation meetings.

NLC University

Image removed.NLC University offers pre-conference training sessions that are designed to develop personal leadership skills and cultivate topical expertise. Half-day sessions led by carefully selected trainers will offer participants the ability to explore new models of leadership, management, and engagement while learning specific techniques that can be used to solve challenges.

Earn credit and be recognized for achievement over time through the award of certificates based on accumulated recognition.

You can enroll in these courses for an additional fee when you register for the Congressional City Conference. If you are already registered and would like to add a seminar, you can log back into the registration website and enroll today.

See the listing of the NLC University seminars.

Engagement Opportunities

Image removed.If you are looking to become more involved with the National League of Cities, you should attend one of our many committee, council, or constituency group meetings.
Policy Committees are responsible for setting and developing the federal policies that are important to cities. The committee meetings at the conference are where local leaders come together and introduce the topics that will be put on the table for debate for the upcoming year. Policy meetings will be held for the following committees at the conference:

  • Community & Economic Development
  • Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
  • Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations
  • Human Development
  • Information Technology & Communications
  • Public Safety & Crime Prevention
  • Transportation Infrastructure & Services

Member councils bring together city leaders around shared community characteristics. Attendees who participate in the council meetings will share ideas around topics that are unique to their community setting. Meetings will be held for the following councils at the conference:

  • Large Cities Council
  • First Tier Suburbs Council
  • Military Communities Council
  • Small Cities Council
  • University Communities Council

Constituency groups are groups and networks which share common interests and concerns. They work collaboratively with NLC to contribute to leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy, and program activities. Constituency meetings will be help for the following groups at the conference:

  • Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO)
  • Hispanic Elected Local Officials
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)
  • Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

Topics Covered/Workshops

Image removed.Our lineup of general sessions and workshops provides you the opportunity to hear directly from policy makers and thought leaders. Hear from experts how federal policy affects cities, get information on the latest funding opportunities, and learn about innovative practices you can implement in your community.

This year's conference will cover a range of topic areas, including:

  • Federal budget proposals
  • Economic and job creation tools
  • Comprehensive tax code reform and municipal finance
  • Water and transportation infrastructure investments
  • Public safety and cyber-security
  • Education
  • Job training programs
  • Immigration
  • Regulatory reform and streamlining

See the listing of conference workshops.


Image removed.The Congressional City Conference takes place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where we have arranged for reduced room rates for conference attendees. Additional rooms have been reserved at reduced rates at the Omni Shoreham, located directly across the street. Reserve your room by February 14th, 2014 to take advantage of these low prices. Room rates are subject to availability.

The conference is located at the intersection of the Woodley Park and Adams Morgan neighborhoods in the nation's capital. Local restaurants surround the area, and the National Zoo is a short walk away. The hotels are just 8 miles from Reagan National Airport and 28 miles from Dulles International Airport. You can take Metro Rail's red line to the Woodley Park station, where you can exit right in front of the hotels.