Nashville is Center Stage for the Congress of Cities

Nashville at Dusk
Nashville at Dusk

Music City is setting the stage for the 2015 National League of Cities Congress of Cities, which will take place at the new Music City Center convention hall in the heart of downtown Nashville, Nov. 4-7.

“Nashville is thrilled to host the National League of Cities. Along with Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors and the Metropolitan Council, I look forward to the arrival of our colleagues from cities and towns across the country,” said Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “NLC has a great reputation for the role it plays to set the conversation for how to strengthen our nation through stronger cities and communities. Nashville is ready to contribute to the experience with a strong lineup of mobile workshops and the involvement of local planning experts. As Music City, we know how to entertain guests, and our friends in the music industry are looking forward to being a part of this great event. We are ready to make certain that all of our guests have an outstanding time in November.”

Nashville’s central location is easy to reach by car or plane, and the city’s status as one of the country’s hottest entertainment markets is expected to drive strong attendance. Attendees represent small towns and big cities from 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.

The Music City Center is located on Fifth Avenue South, along the Avenue of the Arts, across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Omni Nashville Hotel, and in the core of the city’s entertainment district. Within an easy walk, visitors can stroll Lower Broadway and hear the sounds of live music being played at the world famous honky-tonk row, visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, visit the Cumberland River greenway and visit many other local attractions.

Nashville is receiving accolades for diverse dining options that are available throughout downtown and in neighborhoods that include The Gulch, 12 South, East Nashville and Germantown.

As a complement to the traditional conference structure, Metro Nashville will conduct 13 high-impact mobile workshops to showcase innovative and successful city initiatives. Spouses and guests will enjoy customized programming throughout the conference, including dynamic tours of the history, sights and sounds Nashville is known for, and opportunities to experience the flourishing culinary, art and artisan goods scenes.

Plans include an extensive arrival and departure program at Nashville International Airport; live music played by songwriters and noted performers throughout the Music City Center lobby, in the expo hall and in the NLC general sessions.

Guides and resources for planning your trip are available online through the Metro Government website,, and through the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation website,, which features information on the “Top Things to do in Nashville” and “Where to See Live Music.”

Visit for the latest information about the conference and to register. Be sure to register by the July 31 Early Bird deadline for the best rates! We also encourage delegates to book their hotel rooms early this year, as hotels are expected to fill quickly this year due to the Country Music Awards taking place the same week.

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