Program Development Underway for 2011 Congressional City Conference

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Congressional City Conference planners are hitting the ground running as Congress starts its 112th session. As Congress wrestles with deciding which of the country's pressing issues to tackle first, conference planners are determined to ensure that attendees are given the most up-to-date information on the federal policy issues that are most likely to affect cities.

The conference, held in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, will take place March 12-16.

Pre-conference activities including Leadership Training Institute (LTI) seminars and governance and policy development meetings, which take place the 12th and 13th with the main conference running March 14th and 15th. The 16th is set aside for visits to Capitol Hill. City officials are encouraged to set meetings up with their Congressional delegation prior to coming to Washington.

The NLC Congressional City Conference is a unique venue at which municipal officials from across the country come together to gain valuable insight into the latest Capitol Hill activities affecting cities and towns and to share best practices.

The pre-conference skills and leadership development-based LTI seminars are currently available for review and registration at www.nlc.org. LTI seminars are available for an additional fee and have limited seating.

Workshops at the conference are developed in "real-time," which means that program development, workshop selection and speaker confirmations for the 2011 Congressional City Conference all take place between January and early March.

"Attendees can be assured that our federal policy team will be offering targeted information and top-notch expertise that will cover the key federal policy and regulatory concerns of cities," said Janice Pauline, director of NLC's Center for Conferences, Education and Training. …