5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2016 City Summit

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NLC brings the City Summit, the nation’s premier conference for city leaders, to Pittsburgh this week. Here are just a few highlights.

Formerly an industrial town, Pittsburgh has transformed into a beautiful and vibrant city. Its architecture, food, artists, museums and universities are attracting young professionals and creating a place where people love to live. (Getty Images)
Formerly an industrial town, Pittsburgh has transformed into a beautiful and vibrant city. Its architecture, food, artists, museums and universities are attracting young professionals and creating a place where people love to live. (Getty Images)

The City Summit, hosted this year by Mayor William Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh, is the National League of Cities’ largest annual event and the nation’s premier gathering of city leaders. The conference will convene more than 3,000 mayors, councilmembers and other local officials in Pittsburgh from November 16-19 to explore and find solutions to the most pressing challenges currently facing cities. Topics to be discussed include economic development, technology and data use, sustainability and climate change, transportation, community relations and leadership development. Here are five things you don’t want to miss.

The Opening General Session with Guest Speaker Candy Crowley
Candy Crowley will provide a non-partisan analysis of the election and preview what local officials can expect from a new Congress and administration.

 

Big Ideas for Small Cities
Local officials from Jacksonville, North Carolina; Littleton, Colorado; Salem, Massachusetts; and Charlottesville, Virginia, will share creative and innovative ideas that have driven dramatically positive outcomes to the future of their communities.

The Friday General Session with Guest Speaker Terry Bradshaw
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and FOX sports broadcaster Terry Bradshaw will provide the keynote. This session will also feature a special panel on autonomous vehicles (AVs) that will examine the current research and technology development landscape and celebrate Pittsburgh as the first city in America to test AVs with the public. Learn how you should prepare for AVs in your own community and how these vehicles will be rolled out commercially in the near future. Panelists include Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, David Plouffe, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Uber, and Jon Shieber, Senior Editor at Tech Crunch.

Mobile Workshops
These new and innovative sessions will be located all around Pittsburgh on Wednesday and Thursday, showcasing collaborative solutions to issues facing local government. Highlights include a tour of the Pittsburgh Cultural District, an exploration of the key projects and decisions that transformed the Pittsburgh riverfront and brought it to life, and much more.

Report Releases: City of the Future and the Opioid Task Force Report
NLC will release two new reports at the conference. City of the Future: The Future of Work analyzes the role cities do and will continue to play in preparing for a future of work that is impacted by increasing automation and artificial intelligence, and the Opioid Task Force Report outlines best practices and strategies for local officials combatting the ongoing opioid crisis nationwide.

The 2016 City Summit will be held November 16-19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. Learn more about the conference and register here.

Paul Konz headshotAbout the Author: Paul Konz is the Senior Editor at the National League of Cities.