Congressional City Conference to Focus on Local Innovation, Federal Advocacy

by Cyndy Liedtke Hogan

Image removed.NLC's 2012 Congressional City Conference, taking place March 10-14 in Washington, D.C., offers local officials opportunities to hear from respected national figures, network with other city leaders, participate in innovative workshops, learn new skills and lobby on Capitol Hill.

Much of the conference will center around NLC's call for Congress and the President to take action to create jobs, grow the economy and invest in the nation's infrastructure.

"The current economic conditions require all of us as city leaders to reexamine our focus and priorities. The speakers and workshops at the Congressional City Conference will help city leaders to find new innovations to grow the economy and bring our communities closer," said NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, Ind. "The conference provides an opportunity to interact with our federal counterparts to get a better understanding of federal requirements and also advocate for more effective policies that will encourage the economy to grow within our cities."

General session speakers for the Congressional City 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."

The conference kicks off on Saturday, March 10, with Leadership Training Institute (LTI) seminars and NLC governance activities. These seminars go in-depth on a wide variety of topics and carry an additional fee. LTI seminars continue on Sunday, March 11. Check the Congressional City Conference page on the NLC website for more information on LTI offerings. 

The NLC Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Policy and Advocacy committees will meet on Sunday. Some committees, councils and constituency groups will also meet that day. The New Member and First-Time Attendees Orientation will take place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.

Monday, March 12 begins with the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast, where the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials will hand out the Annual City Cultural Diversity Awards.

General sessions will be held in the morning and the afternoon on Monday. In between, workshops will feature real solutions, best practices and updates on what's happening in Washington.

Workshops will cover topics such as local innovation, job creation and training, transportation and infrastructure, civic engagement, housing, public safety and meeting the needs of families.

Tuesday, March 13, features morning workshops and a Delegates Luncheon and General Session. Tuesday afternoon is set aside for committee and constituency group meetings.

Attendees of the Congressional City Conference will have the opportunity to view a special performance by the Capitol Steps political satire group on Tuesday evening.

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

Details: For more information on the conference and to register, saving $100 off the on-site registration fee, visit the conference website.