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CityVision 2014: Charting Our Tomorrow 

by Najuma Thorpe, NCLM Director of Communications and Member Relations 

 

Anyone who’s attended the League’s annual conference knows it is an event you don’t want to miss.

CityVision 2014: Charting our Tomorrow will not disappoint! The League staff has worked hard to bring more excitement to the conference while keeping the education and networking opportunities members find valuable.

In addition to the usual activities, this year the conference will largely focus on our strategic visioning process. The League is initiating a process to build a vision of the future of North Carolina’s cities and towns, and input from the membership is essential! Municipal leaders from across the state will help shape what cities and towns are to become down the road.

The League Board of Directors, in partnership with the UNC School of Government, is developing and executing an external-facing process that will engage a variety of stakeholders, including city officials, strategic business community partners, legislators, county officials, and others.

Monday’s Opening General Session will describe this initiative, and two Concurrent Sessions will be devoted to hearing your vision for the future of cities and towns! Most of the conference sessions will involve getting feedback on “charting our tomorrow, ” and attendees will have plenty of chances to participate in the process.

 
 Rebecca Ryan, economist and futurist, will lead our discussions on Charting Our Tomorrow.
Representatives from the School of Government will be on hand talking to members and getting their input. We will also be joined by Rebecca Ryan, renowned economist and futurist, who will lead our opening general session and other sessions at conference. 

Hundreds of vendors will be on hand Sunday and Monday to showcase products and services essential to municipalities. This year marks the first EXPO Day, where we will open up the exhibit hall to staff who may not be able to attend the full conference.  For a small fee, staff can attend EXPO Day on Monday and gather information on programs, products and services that will benefit their municipality. EXPO Day registration will include a complimentary breakfast and refreshments during the day, and tickets to the delegates’ lunch can be purchased.

Another new aspect of conference is the addition of more sessions that are focused on helping you become a better elected official or municipal employee. This year, Tuesday will be all about personal development. We will offer courses focused on public speaking and social media that will help build the communications skills necessary to thrive in today’s fast paced and technology driven world. We will also offer the state-required ethics training.

An added benefit this year is that Tuesday’s sessions are included cost of registration! Elected officials also earn Local Elected Leaders Academy credits for attending. 

 
 Be sure to join us for a sports-themed evening of food and fun at the ACC Hall of Champions Sunday, Oct. 12. Photo credit: Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
Attendees should plan to learn a lot and network at CityVision 2014 – but they should also plan to have a lot of fun! Sunday night’s host city event will take us to the ACC Hall of Champions. It will be a sports-themed evening of food and fun, so attendees should wear their favorite team colors. Athletic representatives from area universities will be on hand.  Attendees will also be about to tour the city’s state of the art aquatic center and hear music from local marching bands.

We’ll celebrate the last full day of conference by recognizing municipal leadership and with Party on the Moon, who is back by popular demand after a sensational performance at our Charlotte conference in 2012. The dinner and awards ceremony that night will highlight the accomplishments of League members and celebrate cities and towns.

If you have not attended the League’s annual conference, now is the perfect time to start because you certainly do not want to miss CityVision 2014. If you are a regular attendee, you know first-hand how much you will learn and how valuable the conference can be.  Visit www.nclm.org/annualconference for the full conference schedule and to learn more.