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109th National Conference on Governance


When: June 22, 2018

Where: Denver, Colorado

About: The theme of the 109th National Conference on Local Governance is “Building Community, Achieving Equity,” and will bring together civic leaders from throughout the U.S. to examine the progress of cities and counties during the past 50 years, and the path forward, to ensure that our communities are inclusive, equitable and thriving.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 conference.

Become an All-America City

Established in 1949, the All-America City Award is given by NCL to ten communities each year in recognition of their outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, communities must demonstrate innovation, impact, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration by describing three successful efforts to address pressing local challenges. The process culminates in a three-day event where community delegations tell their stories of change to a national jury of business, nonprofit and local government experts.

Winners of the All-America City Award receive a local economic stimulus, increased community pride and collaboration and access to peers and experts around the country on using civic engagement to solve complex local issues. The awards event is a transformational experience, and many participants say it is hard to put benefits and the experience into words. Watch the All-America City Experience here to learn more about how this program can benefit your community.

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SolSmart: 100 Communities “Open for Solar Business”

In only 18 months since launching, the SolSmart program is celebrating a major milestone: 100 Communities throughout the United States have distinguished themselves as “open

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