National League of Cities Opens Congress of Cities in Austin

Press Release
Press Release

Austin, Texas - More than 3,000 local leaders and staff have convened in Austin, Texas for the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2014 Congress of Cities to discuss and learn about the future of cities and critical city priorities, including Marketplace Fairness. The annual conference, which takes place November 19-22, includes many events that are open to press. Please contact us for media availability during the event.  

Speakers will deliver remarks at the general sessions (Thursday, Nov. 20 & Friday, Nov. 21), which are open to press:

  • Mike Walsh, futurist and 'global nomad,' will engage in a broader conversation about the future of cities and what's on the horizon in the global landscape.
  • Steve Case, one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, will deliver remarks on innovation trends in cities.
  • Ariel Schwartz, senior editor at Fast Company Co.Exist world-changing ideas and innovation around technology, sustainability and green design.  

Mobile Workshops: 16 off-site mobile workshops provide an opportunity for local elected officials from around the country to experience how Austin handles issues from economic development to resiliency and sustainability:

  • Local leaders get to know the host city first-hand through mobile workshops. Austin is vibrant and creative city with a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and small business support, making it a particularly valuable community for city leaders to explore.  

Conference Workshops: Workshops cover issues including economic development, technology and data, energy and climate, public/private partnerships, schools and youth and affordable housing.

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ignite Session - Leaders from the tech sector and cities talk about innovations in the civic space, as well as the potential for savings, management and procurement efficiencies achievable through open data.  

NLC's leadership will have media availability to speak about the Congress of Cities' impact on the City of Austin and the educational and engagement opportunities for participating local leaders:

  • NLC President: Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn.
  • NLC First Vice President: Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah *Will be installed as NLC President Nov. 22
  • NLC Second Vice President: Melodee Colbert-Kean, Councilmember, Joplin, Mo.  

Click here for a full schedule of events.  

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.     

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