Congressional City Conference Offers a Variety of Learning Opportunities

by Cyndy Liedtke Hogan

NLC's Congressional City Conference, March 10-14 in Washington, D.C., will offer a variety of networking and learning opportunities to local officials attending the conference.

Substantive workshops, taking place Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13, give attendees the opportunity to delve deeply into topics and hear from Washington, D.C.-area experts.

One workshop, Influencing Congress in 140 Characters or Less... And More, will focus on using social media for advocacy at the federal level. The workshop will explore the different types of social media and how to use it effectively to reach, and influence, members of Congress on issues important to cities.

During the conference, attendees will be encouraged to put their social media tools to work with friendly competitions and prize drawings focused on sending messages to Capitol Hill and to constituents back home. 

NLC will also offer one-on-one guidance for attendees to walk them through the steps of how to sign up for and start using various social media outlets, including Twitter, blogs and Facebook. 

Other Congressional City Conference workshops will center around NLC's federal legislative priorities - to create jobs, grow the economy and invest in the nation's infrastructure, as well as job creation and training, transportation and infrastructure, civic engagement, housing, public safety and meeting the needs of families.

Workshops will offer success stories from cities as well as input and guidance from local officials. See below for a the complete list of workshops or visit the conference agenda page.

Leadership Training Institute (LTI) seminars offer another learning opportunity for conference attendees. Conducted on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11 before the main part of the conference, the seminars offer a chance to go in-depth on a specific topic under the guidance of a professional trainer. 

LTI seminars have an additional fee, in addition to conference registration. Find out more on the LTI conference webpage. LTI seminars at the Congressional City Conference include:

• Collaboration vs. Polarization: Creating Effective Policy Amid Competing Views

• Leading Your Community's Transformation: Making Change Work

• Problem Solving Teams are Effective City Councils

• Marketing Economic Development in Your Community

• Advocating and Influencing with Integrity

Check the Congressional City Conference page for the latest conference information and to register, saving $100 off the on-site rate.

General session speakers for the conference include Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former counselor to President George W. Bush and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former chairman of Hillary Clinton for President, who will discuss the 2012 election, and David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times and commentator on "The PBS Newshour."

In addition to the general sessions, workshops and seminars, the Congressional City Conference will include a number of opportunities to network with other local officials, engage with NLC's corporate programs and learn about and attend meetings of NLC's various committees and councils.

Wednesday, March 14, is dedicated to lobbying for city interests on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies.

2012 Congressional City Conference Workshops

Influencing Congress in 140 Characters or Less... And More

The Housing Debacle: What's Working, What's Not and What Can Cities Do About It?

Making Great Places By Integrating Transportation, Housing and Sustainability

The Federal Budget: Understanding the Deficit Debate

Cities and Cybersecurity

Creating Jobs in an Age of Government Austerity

Federal and Local Tools to Finance Water and Transportation Infrastructure

Maintaining Public Safety Amid Cutbacks

The Connection Between Education, Workforce Development and Jobs

The Court Report: What Cities Need to Know

How Low Can They Go: The Future of Community Planning and Development Funding

Creating Jobs Through Infrastructure Investment

Energy Investments for Economic Growth

Pathways to Employment for Disadvantaged Youth

The Case for Investing in Tomorrow's Technologies

Turning the Food Desert into an Oasis: Prospects for Improving Food Access and Public Health

Federal and Local Tools to Finance Water and Transportation Infrastructure

Economic Development that Works in an Economic Downturn