The 109th National Conference on Local Governance

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Building Community. Achieving Equity.

The National Civic League is hosting the 109th National Conference on Local Governance in Denver on June 22, 2018. The Conference will focus on inclusive civic engagement, innovation and collaboration as essential elements for making progress on complex issues like health equity, education and relations between community and police.

Event Program-At-A-Glance

  • One day conference
  • Will highlight successful projects and initiatives around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement that promote equity
  • The conference will feature three issue tracks - “Health Equity”, “Youth and Education” and “Police-Community Relations.”
  • The conference will provide resources, examples and best practices for community activists, government officials, nonprofit leaders, academic researchers and those interested in better understanding how we can create more inclusive, equitable and thriving communities.
  • The conference will precede the 2018 All-America City awards event, which will focus this year on Promoting Equity Through Inclusive Civic Engagement

Event Details

Friday, June 22, 2018
Denver, CO
$175 - $275

Confirmed Speakers

Jandel Allen-Davis, MDKaiser Permanente, Vice President of Government and External Relations
Honorable Fred HarrisFormer U.S. Senator and member of President Johnson’s Kerner Commission
Manuel Pastor, PhDProfessor at University of Southern California and author
Honorable Hilda SolisLos Angeles County Supervisor, Former Congresswoman and Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Honorable Henry CisnerosFormer Secretary of the U.S. Department of H.U.D. and Former Mayor of San Antonio

Conference Agenda

  • 8:00AM

    Welcome Breakfast Plenary

    Speaker Presentation
  • 9:15AM

    Workshop Breakout Session 1

    1.) Health Equity with Engagement focus
    2.) Youth and Education with Innovation focus
    3.) Police-Community Relations with Cross-sector collaboration

  • 10:30AM

    Workshop Breakout Session 2

    1.) Health Equity with Cross-sector collaboration focus
    2.) Youth and Education with Engagement Focus
    3.) Police-Community Relations with Innovation Focus

  • 11:45AM

    Lunch Plenary

    Speaker Presentation
  • 1:00PM

    Workshop Breakout Session 3

    1.) Health Equity with Innovation Focus
    2.) Youth and Education with Cross sector collaboration focus
    3.) Police-Community Relations with Engagement Focus

  • 2:15PM

    Closing Plenary

    Taking what we learned and turning it into action
  • 3:30PM

    All-America City Welcome Plenary

    Speakers from the All-America City conference will talk about promoting expansive civic engagement, innovation and collaboration.
  • 4:30PM


    The reception with celebrate civic engagement, combining participants from the conference and the All-America City awards.

The conference will precede the 2018 All-America City awards event, which will focus this year on Promoting Equity Through Inclusive Civic Engagement. The theme of both the conference and All-America City awards will be connected to the 50th anniversary of several events that took place in 1968, including the release of a report from President Johnson’s Kerner Commission, which warned of a worsening racial divide and proposed actions at the local and national levels to improve relations with people of color and reduce disparities.

The National Conference on Local Governance is targeted at community leaders, elected officials, academic practitioners, concerned citizens and all others with a passion for creating a stronger community. 

The conference will feature three issue tracks:

Health Equity
Healthy, thriving communities use all sectors to make better health possible for all residents. Whether it’s access to fresh food, green space or affordable housing, local governments, nonprofits, school districts and businesses all have a role to play. This track will focus on creating a complete picture of health, from physical environments and planning to strategies for promoting mental health. Equity will be a connecting focus throughout the conference, with a focus on eliminating disparities and a vision of creating a community in which demographics or a zip code do not determine residents’ health outcomes.

Youth and Education
Investing in equitable educational opportunities for youth and adults creates a strong foundation for a thriving community. For this track, education goes beyond just the school system to include all learning opportunities a community can provide for youth and adults from libraries to monuments to arts spaces and more. This track will also explore the strategies and programs that create spaces for youth to be leaders in the community. The vision for this track is a thriving, learning community that provides equitable, culturally responsive educational opportunities that lead to meaningful work.

Community-Police Relations
Fostering community trust and relationships with police departments is top of mind for American communities. This track will explore successful programs that begin to honestly address policing issues and increase safety and well-being for all residents, regardless of race or other characteristics. Implicit bias training and hiring practices for police will be highlighted. Breaking down the school-to-prison pipeline will also be a focus. A thriving, safe community is one where all residents feel welcome and supported by law enforcement and justice systems.

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