Many cities might be surprised to hear that in 2020 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made strides in furthering the next generation of urban airspace, granting new drone airline operation permits to leading U.S. companies like UPS, Amazon, and Google, and publishing a Concept of Operations for Urban Air Mobility. In 2021, a new presidential administration and Congress will bring renewed focus to transportation innovation by air. 

Now is the time for cities to work closely across sectors and levels of government to guide the successful use of drones in neighborhoods and downtowns, including by applying traditional authorities like zoning and noise ordinances and outlining infrastructure improvements for federal investment. 

Join NLC as we announce new opportunities for cities to prepare for drones, hear from leading experts on how cities are getting ready for the latest innovation in transportation, and take part in a ground-breaking announcement from one of our member cities about a partnership to engage and empower communities in shaping the future of urban air.  


  • Wade Troxell, Mayor, Fort Collins, CO
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation 
  • Eddie Duncan, INCE BD CERT, Director, RSG 
  • Kenneth Kaliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd Cert., Senior Director, RSG