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Nov 2017


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2017 NLC City Summit (formerly Congress Of Cities) - National League Of Cities






Event Overview:

NLC's premier gathering of city officials, the Congress of Cities is held each year in November or December in a selected city. The conference provides educational content on the most pressing challenges facing city leaders. Conference attendees hear from prominent speakers and issue experts, participate in leadership training sessions, attend issue-specific workshops, mobile workshops, and leadership training sessions.

Attendee Information:

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in how cities are solving problems and becoming greater places to live will benefit from attending. The conference is especially useful to mayors, council members, newly elected officials, city managers, and municipal department heads. Although membership in the National League of Cities is not required to attend, representatives from member cities enjoy discounted registration.

What You’ll Experience

At the Congress of Cities you’ll enjoy innovative sessions, mobile workshops, inspiring keynote addresses, skill-building seminars, and great opportunities to meet colleagues from across the country.

The exhibit hall brings attendees the latest products, services and ideas – direct from manufacturers, consultants, and specialists – and provides opportunities for idea sharing during the conference. Activities are planned in the exposition hall during the conference to give you the opportunity to meet and talk with exhibitors.

Exhibitor Information:

Business Begins With NLC

Present your products, services, and solutions to mayors, council members, administrators, city managers, and department directors who have the influence to impact business decisions in their communities.

The NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with attendees who seek solutions for many of the same issues. Economic Development. Public Safety. Finance. Infrastructure. Sustainability. Transportation. Recreation. Waste Management. And more.

Four days of workshops, training, tours and roundtable discussions on topics critical to municipalities ensure that the audience of city leaders can help you reach business development goals by presenting your company/organization’s expertise and solutions to decision makers in their cities and towns.  Major topics that will be covered include economic development, public safety, finance, infrastructure, sustainability, transportation and more.

If you offer products or services in the following areas, you’ll want to be there:

• Economic Development

• Infrastructure and Construction

• Healthcare

• Family Welfare

• Parks and Recreation

• Education

• Technology

• Public Safety

• Sustainability

• Housing

• Violence Prevention

• Transportation and Parking

Exhibitor Benefits

  • Pre-show visibility on NLC’s main conference website, including a link to a searchable listing of all exhibitors.
  • All conference registrants will receive a pre-show notice directing them to the exhibitor listing on the website.
  • Dedicated access to conference delegates through specially scheduled exhibit floor time featuring no competing NLC workshops or general sessions, including two conference-wide luncheons in the exhibit hall.
  • Increased visibility available for exhibitors who add on exhibit hall-related sponsorship opportunities.
  • Exclusive opportunity just for exhibitors to add on a Vendor Theater and the opportunity to apply for a Sponsored Solution Session at a reduced rate.

About NLC:

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.


Nov 15   

New Member and First Time Attendee Orientation Breakfast — 7:30 AM −8:45 AM
Federal Advocacy Committee Meetings — 8:30 AM −12:00 PM
Host City Mobile Workshops
NLC University Seminars — 8:30 AM −12:00 PM
Shared Wisdom Luncheon hosted by NLC University — 12:00 PM −1:30 PM
 Traditional Housing Alternatives: Innovative Solutions or Distraction from Best Practices?— 1:00 PM −3:00 PM
Constituency Group Meetings/Events — 5:00 PM −6:30 PM
Welcome Reception and Expo Hall Opening— 5:00 PM −6:30 PM

Nov 16   

Registration Open —  7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Ask NLC Open —  7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Host City Mobile Workshops
NLC University Seminars
Solution Sessions — 8:00 AM − 11:45 AM
Advisory Council Meeting — 8:00 AM − 11:45 AM
Board of Directors Meeting — 8:00 AM − 10:00 AM
Exhibit Hall Open – Lunch Provided — 12:00 PM − 1:30 PM
NLC Spotlight Theater Open
Opening General Session — 1:30PM − 3:00 PM
Constituency Group Meetings/Events  7:00 PM − 12:00 AM
State League and Additional Events  5:00 PM − 10:00 PM

Nov 17   

General Session — 9:00 AM − 10:15 PM
Member Council Meetings — 1:30PM − 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open – Lunch Provided — 1:30PM − 3:00 PM
NLC Spotlight Theater Open
Constituency Group Meetings/Events — 1:30PM − 3:00 PM
State League and Additional Events — 5:00 PM − 11:00 PM

Nov 18   

Registration Opens — 7:30 AM − 2:30 PM
Closing General Session and Luncheon — 12:30 PM − 2:00 PM
Annual Business Meeting — 2:30PM − 4:30 PM
Host City Closing Event featuring legendary R&B and funk group The Commodores!  — 7:00PM − 10:00 PM

Keynote Speakers

Earvin "MAGIC" Johnson

Olympic Gold Medalist, CEO & Chairman

The National League of Cities (NLC) is pleased to announce that retired American NBA Basketball Star Magic Johnson will address delegates at City Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). Learn about his passion for strengthening American cities and towns, and his actions to develop underserved communities, build inclusion and create an opportunity for all in various cities across America. Get inspired and take away proven tactics that will stimulate your local economy.

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