2018 Event Agendas Released: National Conference on Local Governance & All-America City Awards

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Thursday, June 21

6:00pm - 8:00pmRegistrationAAC + NCLGLower Level 2

Friday, June 22

TimeTitleDescription and SpeakersEventRoom
7:00am – 3:00pm RegistrationAAC + NCLGLower Level 2
7:00am – 7:30am Captain BriefingIndependence – Lower Level 1
8:00am – 9:30am Welcome Breakfast Plenary- Former U.S. Senator Fred Harris, member of the Kerner Commission
- Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Kaiser Permanente
NCLGDenver Ballroom
9:45am – 11:00amWorkshop Block 1
Health Equity"Waiting for Health Equity"
Chris Lyttle and Sarah McAfee, Center for Health Progress
Skill-building session to build collective awareness of social and institutional inequities and build capacity to eliminate preventable health disparities
NCLGPenrose 1
Youth and Education"Viewing Education as a Community-Wide Responsibility"
Grade-Level Reading Communities of Springdale, AR and New Britain, CT
Young people are educated through experiences that occur both inside and outside of schools. This workshop will explore ways to include parents, youth, schools, municipalities, chambers, foundations and everyday community members in the work of education.
Community-Police Relations
"Pressure Points: How Communities Are Organizing to Push Criminal Justice Reforms"
Sonya Joseph, Faith In New York and Christie Donner, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
- While communities organize to improve community and police relations, they are also searching for other ways to pressure authorities to reform the criminal justice system. From the courthouse to the school room, community activists are finding pressure points to push criminal justice reform.
NCLGPenrose 2
All-America City"Beyond the Dream: Langston to King, Chance to Kendrick"
Sheryl Davis, San Francisco Human Rights Commission; E’rika Chambers, Collective Impact; and Nico Bremond, Magic Zone
Participants will learn how to use poetry and music to engage in conversations and develop action plans to address social justice issues, with a focus on race. In this session we explore how activists of the past and conscientious rappers of today use their words to encourage action.
11:15am – 12:30pmWorkshop Block 2
Health Equity
"Using Engagement to Gain Ground on Healthy Lifestyles"
Zach Dyer, formerly with Worcester Public Health Department and Thelma Craig, Colorado Black Health Collaborative
This workshop will feature programs that are engaging community members in shaping, developing, and implementing systemic changes to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
NCLGPenrose 1
Youth and Education"Moving Beyond Photo Op Youth Engagement"
Shari Davis, Participatory Budgeting Project and Allison Bayley, County of Boulder, CO
Explore examples of cities which see youth not as future leaders but as current leaders. Youth Councils, Commissions or Initiatives that have meaningful decision-making ability and impact in their communities. Learn strategies to ensure youth participation reflects the full diversity of the community.
Community-Police Relations"How Communities Foster Positive Youth and Police Relationships"
Gia Irlando, City and County of Denver and Danny McLaughlin, Teen Empowerment Somerville
Building relationships between young people and police can bring positive results for your city. Efforts in Massachusetts and Denver help officers and youth see the other with fresh eyes. Officers can learn how to effectively interact with young people, and young people learn the difficulties of policing.
NCLGPenrose 2
All-America City"Resident Engagement: How to Change Negatives into Positives"
Martin Carcasson, Colorado State University
12:30pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Plenary"Keynote Address"
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and former U.S. congresswomen
NCLGDenver Ballroom
2:15pm – 3:45pm Workshop Block 3
Health Equity"HEAL Cities Campaign: Creating Resolutions for Equity in Health"
Eliza Lanman, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Blythe Young, Public Health Advocates, Rene’ Bullock, Former Mayor Pro-Tem, Commerce City, Colorado and Alfred Mata, Program Manager, Public Health Advocates, Los Angeles, California
The session will share lessons learned from nearly ten years of collaboration between cities and their municipal leagues and provide examples of successes from leaders involved in making their communities healthier.
NCLGPenrose 1
Youth and Education"Reducing Inequality Summer by Summer"
Cassie White, City of Boston and Alicia Modestino, Northeastern University
Education goes beyond just the school system – early work experience such as the Boston Summer Youth Employment Program can be a critical factor in determining future success. The largest gains were observed for youth of color, suggesting that the program may have the capacity to reduce inequality across demographic groups.
Community-Police Relations
"21st Century Policing and Intentional Civic Engagement"
Karen Chesson, Norfolk Police Department, Sgt. Aprell Copeland, Norfolk Police Department and Joli Angel Robinson, Dallas Police Department
Go in-depth on various 21st Century Community Policing strategies and stimulate conversation and information sharing for building trust with diverse communities with a focus on racial healing and relationship-building with all communities.
NCLGPenrose 2
All-America City
"Truth, Racial Healing and Reconciliation"
Kevin Fong, Elemental Partners 
4:00pm – 4:45pmClosing Workshop "Taking what we learned and turning it into action."
Dr. Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California; author of Equity, Growth, and Community
NCLGDenver Ballroom
5:00pm – 6:00pm Conference Closing and All-America City Awards Opening Plenary Keynote Address.
Rev. Alvin Herring, PICO National Network
NCLG + AACColorado Ballroom
6:00pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception (and dancing) Sponsored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
NCLG + AACDenver Ballroom

Saturday, June 23

TimeDescription EventRoom
7:30am – 8:00am “Captain” Briefing AACIndependence – Lower Level 1
8:00am – 5:00pm RegistrationAACLower Level 2
9:00am – 4:35pm "Jury Presentation Schedule"AACColorado Ballroom
10:30am – 11:30am "Thinking, Talking, Tackling Race"
Carla Kimbrough, Racial Equity Program Director, National Civic League
Have you scratched your head about the protests about race occurring nationwide, or wondered why others just don’t understand the complaints? Have you pondered how to discuss race within and across racial groups? Have you wondered whether – or even how – local government should get involved? If any of these questions have crossed your mind, participate in this interactive and intimate session. Participants will get an opportunity to talk about race, public policy and equitable local government.
AACDenver Ballroom
11:45am – 12:45pm "Community Conversations: Bridging Divides and Taking Action"
Aaron Leavy, National Civic League
At a time when it seems we are more divided than ever before, how can communities come together, find common ground and get things done. Community conversations that offer an opportunity for productive, honest discussions that move toward action.  Aaron Leavy will discuss the All-America Conversations Toolkit and resources you can use to host conversations, recruit participants, facilitate difficult conversations and identify critical next steps.
AACDenver Ballroom
2:00pm – 3:00pm"Civic Infrastructure – The Hidden Factor that Enables Communities to Move Forward"
Aaron Leavy, National Civic League and Doug Linkhart, National Civic League
Civic Infrastructure the relationships, networks and capacities that communities use to make decisions and solve problems – determines whether communities face their challenges and move forward, or get stuck.  The National Civic League’s Civic Index is a self-assessment tool to measure and analyze your community’s civic infrastructure.  Learn how to uncover your hidden strengths and unspoken challenges.
AACDenver Ballroom
5:00pm – 6:00pm AAC Civic Action FairAACDenver Ballroom
6:15pm – 7:15pmCultural Entertainment Showcase
Includes Presentation of RWJF Award for Health Equity presented by National Civic League
AACColorado Ballroom

Sunday, June 24

TimeDescription EventRoom
7:30am – 8:00am “Captain” Briefing AACIndependence
9:00am – 11:40pm"Jury Presentation Schedule"AACColorado Ballroom
1:00pm – 2:30pm AAC Festival of Ideas:
(Communities’ peer discussions of their projects)
Group 1:
Sringdale, AR
Placentia, CA
Stockton, CA
AACPenrose 1
Group 2:
Longmont, CO
Decatur, GA
Battle Creek, MI
AACPenrose 2
Group 3:
Las Vegas, NV
Charlotte, NC
Beaverton, OR
Group 4:
Allentown, PA
Columbia, SC
Kershaw County, SC
Mount Pleasant, SC
AACDenver 1-4
Group 5:
El Paso, TX
San Antonio, TX
Pasco, WA
Tacoma, WA
AACDenver 5-6
2:45pm – 3:45pmChief Elected and Appointed Officials DialogueAACMattie Silks
2:45pm – 4:15pm Our Well-Being Legacy: An Exploratory Dialogue
Monte Roulier, Community Initiatives and Chris Paterson, Community Initiatives
How can we catalyze aligned action around what it takes to create and sustain community conditions for intergenerational well-being? What might a transpartisan platform of policies, practices and investments for intergenerational well-being look like? Explore and contribute to these questions while learning about an emerging national conversation in this interactive dialogue session.
AACDenver 1-4 Ballroom
5:30pm – 6:30pm Pre-Awards Reception
(light hors d’oeuvres)
AACDenver Ballroom
6:30pm – 8:00pm Awards Ceremony
Keynote Denver Council President Albus Brooks
AACColorado Ballroom
8:00pm – 9:30pm Awards Celebration AACDenver Ballroom

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