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What NOT to Miss at the League’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo

October 7, 2019
The League’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 16-18, in Long Beach is chock full of exciting opportunities for professional growth, innovative ideas, and valuable resources for city officials.
Below, is a daily snapshot of conference happenings, along with the top two tips on how to get ready for the big event! Be sure to connect with us and use #CaCitiesAnnual when engaging on social media at the conference.
First, plan your time at the conference. Review the lineup of sessions ( before you travel, and spend some time choosing topics that interest you, your colleagues and your profession. Be sure to attend your department meeting, regional division meeting or caucus networking event to meet attendees who have similar interests!
Second, download the League’s mobile app, available on all mobile devices by searching for “CaCities” or “League of California Cities” in your phone’s app store.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
9–11 a.m. Policy Committees
Close to 350 city officials serve on the League’s policy committees and add their collective expertise, wisdom and opinions to the debate that is the foundation of League policy. Recommendations from the policy committee are forwarded to the League board of directors. Policy committees will meet on Wednesday morning as needed to review Annual Conference Resolutions and other pending issues.
8:30 a.m. –1 p.m.  City Clerks Workshop (additional registration required)
The workshop begins with a 30-minute department business meeting followed by a four-hour session titled Through the Lens of a Voter – A Closer Look at Elections. Additional registration required; CMC/MMC Advanced Education Point accreditation will be available.
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Department Business Meetings
Functioning as professional societies with educational and networking opportunities, professional departments play an essential role in forming League policy and programs. Discover what your colleagues are working on with the League by attending one of the department business meetings available at the conference including: city managers, fire chiefs, fiscal officers, mayors and council members, personnel and employee relations and public works.
12:45– 1:15 p.m. First Time Attendee Orientation
A special presentation to welcome first-time attendees is scheduled for Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Join us to hear about our organization and how to get the most out of your conference experience.
1:30–3:30 p.m. Opening General Session
The annual opening ceremonies include honorees for the 2019 Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence and the Past President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the opening ceremonies, keynote speaker John W. Martin, president & CEO of S-I-R’s Institute for Tomorrow, will take attendees through key trends impacting the future of our cities and towns.  Over the past five decades, Martin’s firm has conducted over 15,000 research studies and crafted strategic plans for businesses, organizations, cities and even entire states. You definitely don’t want to miss this.

3:45–5 p.m. Educational Sessions
Choose from sessions on housing in the state budget, what to do when wildfire strikes, public engagement, and sessions in the City Attorneys’ Track. Sessions are open to all registered attendees.
5–7 p.m. Grand Opening Expo Hall & Host City Reception
Presented by the City of Long Beach, stop by the expo hall to visit with vendors with over 230 services and state-of-the-art products, including 45 first time exhibitors. They eagerly await the chance to introduce themselves  to help cities save money while improving services. While on the expo floor, check out the new League Pavilion to learn all about the many member services the League has to offer. Be sure to add your comment to the Graffit/Mural Wall about why you love your city!
7–10 p.m. CitiPAC Leadership Reception
The place to be Wednesday is CitiPAC’s “Totally Awesome 80s” party with a live 80s band, food, beverages, photo booth, and games. This is one party you don’t want to miss. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Mike Egan for more information. The best part is you can go to the host city reception first and then head over by free shuttle to the CitiPAC 80’s extravaganza.
Thursday, Oct. 17
8:15–9:30 a.m. Educational Sessions
Choose from sessions on safety, communications and large events, leveraging technology, short-term rentals regulations, modern policing and sessions in the City Attorneys’ Track. Sessions are open to all registered attendees.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Expo Open
9:45–11:45 a.m. General Session
Featuring a National League of Cities update and innovations for cities.
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Attendee Lunch
Meet-up with new friends for lunch that is included with your registration purchase. Located in the Expo Hall.
1–2:15 p.m. General Resolutions Committee
During this meeting, the committee will hear resolutions to the League policy committees for review and recommendation. Resolutions that are approved by the GRC are next considered by the General Assembly, which occurs Friday at 12:30 p.m.
1–5:30 p.m. Educational Sessions
Choose from sessions on taxes, diversity, cannabis, and sessions in the City Attorneys’ Track. Sessions are open to all registered attendees.
2:15–2:45 p.m. Caucus Board Meetings
League's five diversity caucuses will connect for a quick meeting.  Information on how to join can be attained by attending. The caucuses are: African-American Caucus, Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Caucus (LGBTQ), Latino Caucus, and the Women's Caucus.
Evening Caucus and Division Events
Check your program for information on all of the receptions going on for the caucuses and the regional divisions who are holding events. 
Friday, Oct. 18
8 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Educational Sessions
Choose from sessions on age-friendly cities, public banking movement, hidden costs of tackling homelessness, and sessions in the City Attorneys’ Track. Sessions are open to all registered attendees.
12:30–2:30 p.m. Closing Luncheon & General Assembly
Gather on the final day for the launch of a new League year. Vote on resolutions and celebrate the new League leadership transition.
Online registration has ended, so if you plan to attend, please register on-site. Full conference registration includes access to all general and educational sessions (except the City Clerks Workshop), Wednesday host-city reception, most networking events, Thursday lunch with exhibitors, and the Friday closing luncheon. Member city full conference registrations starts at $600.
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