How to Become a Speaker

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Five elected small city officials will be given the prestigious opportunity to share one compelling idea or innovation that can make a dramatic difference in the future of our cities through an engaging 10-15 minute, TED-style address.

If you are interested in sharing your big idea, please submit a 30 to 60 second video of yourself summarizing your concept. Whether highlighting a strategy or approach that your city has already implemented, or a concept that you have only begun to develop, your submission should focus on an idea about which you are personally passionate. In addition to presenting to colleagues and other interested guests in Nashville, the five selected speakers will reach a much broader national audience via NLC University, who will make all talks available online.

All submissions will be due by Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The National League of Cities will select the five ideas that show the greatest potential for inspiring positive change in small cities across the nation.

Below are the submission guidelines:

  • Video clips must be 30 to 60 seconds in length
  • City population of 50,000 or less
  • Submissions should address the need that prompted the idea, how it was formed, implemented and its outcome (actual or desired)
  • Provide as many specific details as possible, including, but not limited to, financial figures and, or metrics that are relevant to your idea
  • Mayors and Council Members are welcome to apply but submissions are limited to one for each city
  • Here is a non-exhaustive list of topics: arts and culture, community planning and development, crime reduction, public safety; education and youth issues, disaster and emergency recovery/resilience and infrastructure and transportation.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Brian Egan at or via phone at (202) 626-3017.

Thank you  in advance for your interest and we look forward to hearing about your big ideas!