National League of Cities Opens Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Wash.

Press Release
Press Release

Seattle, Wash. - The National League of Cities' (NLC) annual Congress of Cities and Exposition opened today at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash. Local leaders from across the U.S., including many of NLC's members, will participate in the four-day conference designed to provide an opportunity to develop skills through workshops, leadership training and engagement opportunities.

Day One Events:

NLC University

  • Leadership for Inclusion: Training Mayors and Elected Officials on How to Take the Lead in Building Communities Where Everyone Belongs, Eliminate Institutional Racism and Promote Racial Equity
  • Managing the Municipal Message
  • Making Shifts Happen: From Political Drama to Finding Common Ground
  • Dilemmas and Decisions: Practical Ethics for Public Life
  • Energizing Communities with Social Media
  • Seize the "Movement": Making the Local Food Movement Work for Your Community 
  • Denver's Peak Performance: Planning, Resources and Continuous Improvement 
  • Breaking Down the Silos Between Economic Development and Smart Regional Planning 
  • Priority Based Budgeting Part I: Achieving Fiscal Health

Mobile Workshops

  • The Power of Community Engagement: Revitalizing a Neighborhood, Maintaining Its Character
  • Community Emergency Hubs: Supporting the Community in their Resiliency
  • City of Seattle's Zero Waste Strategy: Tour of Republic Services Recycling Facility
  • Microsoft Campus Tour - Insight into Making Your City Safer Using the Power of Big Data
  • Community Schools Collaboration
  • LED Street Lighting Conversion: Saving Your Community Money, While Improving Public Safety
  • Making Your Community Digitally Inclusive: Strategies for Bringing Technology to Neighborhoods

Congress of Cities and Exposition 2013 Sponsors 

Host City Sponsor

  • Microsoft

Benefactor Sponsors

  • Association of Washington Cities (AWC)
  • City of Seattle
  • Comcast NBCUniversal

Patron Sponsors

  • Aetna
  • American Traffic Solutions
  • City of Bellevue, Washington
  • Philips
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Republic Services
  • Clear Channel Outdoor
  • HDR
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • Visit Seattle
  • Vulcan


  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • car2go
  • Chateau Saint Michelle
  • City of Kenmore
  • Downtown Seattle Association
  • GE Lighting
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Parsons 
  • Paylock
  • Prudential
  • Sabey Corporation
  • Safeco Insurance
  • Seattle City Light
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • SEIU


  • Cedar Grove
  • CenturyLink
  • Cigna
  • Hale's Ales
  • Jacob's Engineering
  • Martin Smith, Inc.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff 
  • Russell Investments

2013 NLC Conference Sponsors

Cities Champion Sponsors

  • Home Depot Foundation

Cities Trailblazer Sponsor

  • Southwest

Cities Leader Sponsors

  • IBM
  • Siemens 
  • Walgreens
  • Wells Fargo

Community Service Project Sponsor

  • Good360
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