Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress of Cities Program Committee Meets in Nashville

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress of Cities Program Committee Meets in Nashville

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Members of the 2003 Congress of Cities Program Committee focused on the first-time attendee mentor program, mobile workshops and the importance of highlighting the host city during a two-day planning session at the Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville April 4-5.

The committee was tasked with coming up with ideas to make the conference better than ever and provide direction on essential issues/topics for sessions. Audwin Samuel, councilmember, Beaumont, Tex., served as chair and Margaret Finlay, councilmember, Duarte, Calif., and Rene Flowers, councilmember, St. Petersburg, Fla., served as vice chairs of the committee.

On the first day of the meeting the committee focused on four main aspects of the conference: marketing/communication; newcomers/first time attendees; networking/special resources; and connecting with Nashville.

The committee agreed that the conference promotional information should include both information about the city as well as the educational components of the conference. They felt the conference program should maintain its quality and well-known speakers should be invited for the general sessions.

The committee recommended that the mentor program for first time attendees be more structured and mentors include not only NLC leaders but representatives from NLC's six constituency groups, committee leaders and state league representatives as well. The committee also recommended that workshop sessions be offered in a variety of formats to encourage more two-way communication and interaction between presenters and delegates. …

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