The 109th National Conference on Local Governance

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.

Click here to view the 2018 National Conference on Local Governance & All-America City Awards combined agenda.

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
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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
Reverend Alvin HerringExecutive Director of Faith in Action

Conference Agenda

  • 7:00am - 3:00pm


    Lower Level 2
  • 7:00am – 7:30am

    AAC Finalist Community Delegation “Captain” Briefing

    Independence – Lower Level 1
  • 7:35 am – 3:50pm

    AAC Finalist Presentation Rehearsals

    Colorado Ballroom
  • 8:00am – 9:30am

    Welcome Breakfast Plenary

    Denver Ballroom

    Feat. Former U.S. Senator Fred Harris, member of the Kerner Commission
    Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Kaiser Permanente
  • 9:45am – 11:00am

    Workshop Breakout Sessions 1

    1.) Heath Equity: Waiting for Health Equity, Penrose 1

    2.) Youth and Education: Viewing Education as a Community-Wide Responsibility feat. Grade-Level Reading Communities, Denver 5-6

    3.) Police-Community Relations: Penrose 2 Resident Engagement: How to Change Negatives into Positives, Colorado A-C
  • 11:15am – 12:30pm

    Workshop Breakout Sessions 2

    1.) Health Equity 2, Penrose 1

    2.) Youth and Education: Moving Beyond Photo Op Youth Engagement, Denver 5-6

    3.) Community-Police Relations: Youth, Penrose 2
    Beyond the Dream: Langston to King, Chance to Kendrick, Room Colorado A-C

  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm

    Lunch Plenary

    Denver Ballroom

    Keynote: Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and former U.S. congresswomen
  • 2:15pm – 3:45pm

    Workshop Breakout Sessions 3

    1.) Health Equity 3, Penrose 1

    2.) Youth and Education: Reducing Inequality Summer by Summer: Boston’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Denver 5-6

    3.) Community-Police: 21st Century Policing and Civic Engagement, Penrose 2
    Ending Racism and Transforming Our Society – Mike Wenger, Room Colorado A-C
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm

    Closing Workshop

    Denver Ballroom

    Taking what we learned and turning it into action.

    Speaker: Dr. Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California; author of Equity, Growth, and Community
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Conference Closing and All-America City Awards Opening Plenary

    Colorado Ballroom

    Opening: City and County of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock

    Keynote: TBD
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm

    AAC Welcome Reception (and Dancing)

    Denver Ballroom

    Sponsored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

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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