4,000 City Leaders and Delegates Convene in Charlotte for National League of Cities 2017 City Summit

November 16, 2017 - (3 min read)

Charlotte, N.C. — Nearly 4,000 local elected officials and delegates from around the country have convened in Charlotte, N.C. for the National League of Cities’ (NLC) annual City Summit.

This week, city leaders will work with subject experts on topics including economic development, climate change, transportation and leadership development, arming them with tools and resources to plan for the future of their cities and towns. Mayors, councilmembers and city staff will also learn from mobile tours of the city of Charlotte; hands-on workshops; and networking events with fellow city leaders.

The summit is open to credentialed press.

WHAT: NLC’s 2017 City Summit in Charlotte

WHEN: Thursday, November 16 – Saturday, November 18, 2017

WHERE:  Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College Street Charlotte, NC 28202

INTERVIEWS:  Various city officials will be available for interviews, including NLC’s current president, Councilmember Matt Zone (Cleveland), incoming president Mayor Mark Stodola (Little Rock, Ark.) and NLC vice president Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Ind.). NLC officials will also be available, including NLC’s CEO and executive director, Clarence E. Anthony.

Key Speakers: City leaders and experts from around the country will hear from accomplished keynote speakers including:

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (1:30 – 3 PM ET) —

  • Hon. Megan Barry, mayor of Nashville
  • Hon. Gabriel Giffords, former Arizona congresswoman and advocate
  • Mark Kelly, retired U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut

Friday, November 17, 2017 (9 – 10:15 AM ET) —

  • Hon. Stephen Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C.
  • Hon. Andy Berke, mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Hon. Rosalynn Bliss, mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Hon. Catherine Pugh, mayor of Baltimore
  • Hon. Jennifer Roberts, mayor of Charlotte
  • Bruce Katz, inaugural centennial scholar at the Brookings Institute

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (12:30 – 2:15 PM ET) —

  • Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Olympic gold medalist, CEO and Chairman at Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE)

RSVP: To register to attend the conference or schedule an interview please contact Tom Martin, 202-626-3186, martin@nlc.org

More Events of Interest :

Click here for the complete summit schedule.  Event highlights include:

Mobile Workshops: These innovative sessions will be located all around Charlotte, showcasing collaborative solutions to issues facing local government. City leaders from around the country will learn from what Queen City has to offer.

Release of New Maker Movement Report: NLC’s Center for City solutions will release a report on Friday, November 17, 2017, on how the ‘maker movement’ is impacting local economies and changing cities. The report is co-authored by Etsy, Recast City and the Urban Manufacturers Alliance. Please contact Courtney Bernard (bernard@nlc.org) to receive an embargoed copy.

Discussions on Preemption of Local Control: NLC will host a panel of local elected officials and thought leaders to discuss issues surrounding both state and federal preemption of local control on Friday, November 17, 2017. The discussion will include the notorious passage of North Carolina’s HB2 and HB142, which both preempted local decision making in anti-discrimination policies.

My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: Local leaders will meet with Charlotte youth to exchange ideas and experiences in this unique town hall meeting Friday, November 17, 2017. The session will also serve to launch new resources from NLC’s Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) initiative, geared to helping local leaders improve outcomes for communities of color.


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