Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Great Solutions Spread at Congress of Cities & Exposition

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Great Solutions Spread at Congress of Cities & Exposition

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Good ideas are contagious. And through its conferences, NLC makes full use of this phenomenon to spread great solutions that move communities forward to cities across America.

Says Raeanne Presley, mayor of Branson, Mo., "Alderman Rick Davis and Environmental Specialist Mona Menezes attended (NLC's) first green conference in Portland (April 2009). They brought back several useful documents and ideas--one of which we are using as we update our comprehensive plan. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and so, we are all anxious to attend our first NLC conference."

At one place, at one time, 4,000 participants from cities across the country will share their ideas, their examples, services and solutions during the 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition. This type of peer-to-peer knowledge sharing along with a full agenda of fact-packed workshops and seminars targeted specifically to the needs of municipalities makes the 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition the ideal national meeting for local leaders.

Working together to benefit residents in all of America's cities and towns is part of the spirit of the conference, a spirit exemplified by the 2010 host city, Denver, and its surrounding communities.

"The entire Denver area benefits when neighboring communities work together to support economic development, transportation infrastructure and the arts and sciences," said Mayor John W. Hickenlooper. "We are excited to share our ideas about collaboration and to learn from other municipalities across the country."

In common with the conference's host city, tourist dollars help fuel Branson's economy, but the Missouri city is also in the midst of updating its comprehensive plan to include rebuilding neighborhoods and encouraging redevelopment in its core tourism district all while respecting the natural beauty of the Ozark hills. …

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