YOUR NAME Engages with U.S. City and Local Leaders at National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and Exposition


YOUR NAME Engages with U.S. City and Local Leaders at National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and Exposition

Seattle, Wash. - YOUR NAME, TITLE served as a delegate at the National League of Cities' (NLC) annual Congress of Cities and Exposition held Nov. 13 to 16 in Seattle, Wash. LAST NAME engaged with more than 2,400 local leaders from across the U.S. through workshops, leadership training and engagement opportunities covering municipal finance, economic development, sustainability, community development and many other topics.


This year's conference focused in three areas:

  • Knowledge Building - Dynamic and engaging workshop sessions covered topics that are most important to local leaders across the country. Economic development, public safety, civic engagement, infrastructure and many more topics were covered. 
  • Leadership Training - Skills-based learning opportunities were crafted to bolster local leaders' individual leadership skills in specific areas. Designed for local officials and facilitated by carefully selected trainers, participants learned applicable techniques and strategies to lead change and promote innovation.
  • Engagement Opportunities - Member councils and constituency groups provided venues for city leaders to work together to develop and promote work plans that best help their diverse communities.

The 2013 conference offered innovative educational formats that provided new ways to engage with officials and experts. Sessions included a variety of formats such as:

  • Mobile Workshops - Seattle presented a series of Mobile Workshops that highlighted outstanding programs in Seattle and its suburban neighbors.
  • Deep Dive Sessions - Participants delved into subject matters such as fiscal realities, community emergency preparedness and using data and technology to improve local government.

The exposition hall showcased the latest products, services and ideas - direct from manufacturers, consultants, and specialists - and provided opportunities for idea sharing during the conference. The hall featured NLC's Program Partners, who discussed new and creative ways cities are stretching their budgets. They provided examples of how cities can help their residents save on the cost of prescription medications, receive the best government pricing on thousands of products from office supplies to playground equipment and control costs on unexpected water and sewer line repairs.

Numerous policy and advocacy committee meetings took place at the Congress of Cities and Exposition that provided a forum for learning and debating NLC's positions on federal policy. Committees include:

  • Community and Economic Development
  • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Human Development
  • Information Technology and Communications
  • Public Safety and Crime Prevention
  • Transportation Infrastructure and Services

NLC's Constituency Groups also met during the conference. The groups reflect the diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC's membership and work collaboratively with NLC to contribute to leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy and program activities.

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO)
  • Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC LEO)
  • Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

The National League of Cities champions cities and local leaders. Through innovative strategies and transformational thinking, it provides best practices, educational resources, direct assistance and cost saving solutions to cities to build better communities. National League of Cities is a strong, proactive advocate for city priorities with an integral role in formulating and delivering federal policy.


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