Annual Conference Preview
League of California Cities 2013 Annual Conference & Expo Sacramento Convention Center, Sept. 18-20
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Join participants from nearly 400 cities throughout the state at the League’s largest conference of the year. Meet with approximately 2,000 elected officials and staff in more than 35 break-out sessions and CityTalks designed to educate and inform. Watch for sessions of special interest to city attorneys, fire chiefs and human resources professionals, which offer a more personalized professional development experience.
While the number of sessions may seem overwhelming to a newcomer, an orientation for first-time attendees held on the first day of the conference provides background on the League and helps participants derive the greatest benefit from attending the conference.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
This year’s conference kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 18 with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. and policy committee meetings in the morning, followed by the First-Time Attendee Orientation at 1:00 p.m. The Opening General Session commences at 3:00 p.m. with the League’s annual report, announcement of the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence winners, presentation of the Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award and a keynote address from Erik Wahl.
The Grand Opening of the Expo Hall follows the Opening General Session. Enjoy Sacramento’s bounty at the Host City Reception with the theme “I Dig Sacramento, Farm-to-Fork Capital of America” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The CitiPAC Eighth Annual Leadership Gala Casino Night will be held following the Expo and Host City Reception.
Thursday, Sept. 19
A full day of educational opportunities launches with a General Session featuring the keynote speaker, futurist Lowell Catlett, at 8:00 a.m. A variety of traditional sessions as well as the increasingly popular CityTalks, which use a 20-minute session format with one speaker, will be conducted throughout the afternoon. Attendees are encouraged to visit the Expo between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Lunch in the Expo Hall provides an opportunity for attendees to meet with exhibitors between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. exclusively without missing any sessions or meetings.
Thursday afternoon’s educational sessions will cover topics including the Affordable Care Act and city responsibilities, revitalizing communities, creative placemaking and infrastructure financing. The evening will provide abundant networking opportunities at various receptions held by the League’s diversity caucuses, which comprise the:
- African American Caucus;
- Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus;
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials’ Caucus;
- Latino Caucus; and
- Women’s Caucus.
Friday, Sept. 20
The final day of the conference offers attendees more networking and professional development events. Check with your regional public affairs manager for division event times, dates and applicable costs. Educational sessions resume at 9:00 a.m., covering topics that include emergency preparedness, new legislation and court rulings that affect city finance, economic development strategies related to retail — and much more.
The closing luncheon will begin at noon on Friday. Its program includes the swearing in of the 2013–14 League board of directors as well as the General Assembly and Annual Business Meeting, where city delegates vote on policy resolutions to be implemented in the coming year. Each city should designate at least one voting delegate at the conference to represent its position on issues under consideration at this meeting. Voting delegates must be registered for the conference to participate in the General Assembly and Annual Business Meeting.