Large City Council Presidents Convening

May 30,2019 1:00PM
Jun 01,2019 4:00PM


Thursday, May 30    
  1 pm  Phillies Baseball Game *optional*
  6:30 - 8:30 pm  Opening Reception
     Dinner on own
Friday, May 31    
  8:00 - 8:30 am   Light Breakfast
  8:30-9:00 am   Opening Session
  9:00 - 10:00 am

 Tackling Housing In Large Cities

Council Presidents will hear from NLC about the housing taskforce report and share local challenges and opportunities. 

  10:00-10:30 am   Q&A with Mayor: Building an Effective Working Relationship with the Executive Branch
  10:30-11:00 am  Break
  11:00 am -12:00 pm

 Effective Strategies for Housing

Council Presidents will converse with corporate sponsors and other corporate leaders about leveraging strategic partnerships to increase access to housing and to further support a strong equitable community for everyone.  

  12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch (Building Sustainable Peer Networks)
  1:00-1:15 pm  Break
  1:15-2:15 pm

 Nuts and Bolts of Leading Your City

Council Presidents will brainstorm strategies with peers on internal challenges to leading their city. 

Discussion Topics: Managing Council Dynamics, Negotiating for Council Resources, and Managing Internal Team Communication & Collaboration

  2:15-3:00 pm Navigating Internal Politics to Address Hot Button Topics
  2:45-3:15 pm Closing Reflections for Day
  4:15-4:45 pm  Travel to Comcast
  4:45-5:30 pm  Comcast Tour
  5:45 - 6:15 pm   Comcast Reception
   6:15 - 8:00 pm  Comcast Dinner
Saturday, June 1    
   8:30 - 9:00 am  Travel to offsite location (Philadelphia Public Housing Authority)
   9:00-10:00  Breakfast
   10:30 - 11:30 am

Leveraging Leadership to Address Local Housing Needs 

Discussion Topics: Communication and Partnerships

   11:30 - 12:00 pm  Closing Reflections


 12:00- 1:30 pm  Lunch
  1:30-1:45  Travel from PHA
   1:45 - 3:00 pm

 Closing Event: Mural Bus Tour & Painting with a Twist

Council Presidents will take a mobile tour of the City of Philadelphia’s world-famous murals and learn how the artists are helping to spur revitalization in various communities.  







NLC Large City Council Presidents started meeting at a special convening to offer an opportunity for leaders of cities with more than 400,000 residents to come together and share best practices and strategies for leadership. In its third year, the 2019 Large City Council Presidents convening will take place in Philadelphia, PA and focus on housing. 

This event is by invitation only. If you would like to learn more about attending this event, please contact Timothy Evans at 

The objectives for this year's summit are:

  • To leverage the experiences and knowledge of council presidents, demonstrating and reinforcing the peer network’s ability to be an active resource when confronted with daily challenges (housing, legislating, etc.) 

  • To showcase Philadelphia’s best practices (experiences and lessons learned) around housing and other topics  

  • To gain tangible examples to address relevant local challenges connected to being council president 


Comments or Questions?