NLCU Summit Keynote: How One Great Mayor Transformed His City

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This is a guest post by Brian Egan.

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. (Getty Images)

When you think of Orlando, Fla., what comes to mind? Many of us think of Disneyworld, Universal Studios or Epcot Center. Perhaps you imagine palm trees, year-round warm weather, and international tourists. But Orlando’s mayor Buddy Dyer wants you to also envision a strong economy, public safety, great public transportation, a lively arts scene, and academia – and he’d like you to come see for yourself just how much his city has grown.

You can hear first-hand how Mayor Dyer is transforming his city at this year’s National League of Cities University (NLCU) Leadership Summit, September 16-19 in Orlando. Mayor Dyer will serve as the keynote speaker for Thursday’s lunch at 12pm on September 17, and will deliver an address titled “Reimagining and Remaking the City Beautiful.”

As Orlando’s 32nd mayor, Dyer has received acclaim for his efforts to transform the economy of Central Florida. Orlando’s economy has traditionally relied heavily on the tourism market, and has struggled to diversify. Under the efforts of Mayor Dyer, however, Orlando and the surrounding region have blossomed into a center of academic research, digital media, simulation training and high tech investment.

Mayor Dyer has showed lasting commitment to making Orlando one of the best places to live in America. Orlando has one of the top-ranked police and fire departments in the nation, and under the mayor’s watch the city has seen its largest reduction in crime in recent history. Massive infrastructure projects under the Dyer administration have further changed Orlando as well. The SunRail, Central Florida’s first commuter rail, opened in 2014, and is just one is just one of the many transportation improvements made over the past decade.

The Leadership Summit at which Mayor Dyer will speak is NLCU’s most exclusive leadership retreat; NLC caps attendance for this event at 125 registrants so all attendees can personally connect and have one-on-one interactions with speakers and colleagues.

At this year’s Summit, leadership scholars and industry experts will explore ways to effectively lead through tough times. In addition to the keynote address from Mayor Dyer, attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about NLC’s new REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) initiative. They’ll hear from field experts on topics ranging from resilience and sustainability to personal leadership development and crisis management, and they’ll attend mobile workshops that provide a chance to experience firsthand the innovations taking place in Central Florida. Many other opportunities will be offered at the Summit as well, giving city leaders and administrators the chance to greatly increase their leadership skills.

This will be an informative, engaging and entertaining event in the beautiful city of Orlando. We invite you to join us.

Click here to learn more about NLCU’s Annual Leadership Summit and register to attend.

About the Author: Brian Egan is an intern at NLCU, the National League of Cities University.