City Summit

Nov 15 - Nov 18, 2017
Charlotte, NC

Additional opportunities

Exposition Hall

The City Summit Expo Hall brings attendees the latest products, services, and ideas – direct from manufacturers, consultants, and specialists – and provides opportunities for information sharing during the conference.

State Municipal Leagues

Many State Municipal Leagues host valuable networking events for their member cities at City Summit.

Member Councils

Member Councils bring city leaders together around shared community characteristics. They meet during City Summit to discuss topics unique to their community setting.

  • Large Cities Council
  • First Tier Suburbs Council
  • Military Communities Council
  • Small Cities Council
  • University Communities Council
  • Council on Youth, Education, and Families

Youth Delegate Program

Youth delegates (high school students) are invited to participate in the City Summit as full delegates. They network with and learn alongside local elected officials in many of the conference’s general sessions, workshops, and meetings.

Constituency Groups

Constituency Groups represent the diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC members on various committees and councils and work collaboratively on leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy, and programming.  

  • Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (LGBTLO)
  • Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO)
  • Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

Federal Advocacy Committees

Federal Advocacy Committees educate and inform NLC’s positions on federal policy issues.

  • Community & Economic Development
  • Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
  • Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations
  • Human Development
  • Information Technology & Communications
  • Public Safety & Crime Prevention
  • Transportation Infrastructure & Services

Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting is an opportunity for delegates from direct member cities to participate in important organizational business. Voting Delegates act on a series of policy recommendations to help shape the federal advocacy agenda in 2017 and elect the NLC Officers and Board of Directors.

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For conference registration questions, please contact Customer Service via email at or via phone at (866) 221-7895. For non-registration related questions, or if you’re interested in speaking at a conference, please contact Program Manager for Conferences Lauren Ryan at

Request for Proposals

2017 City Summit Request for Proposals
Submission deadline is Friday, March 31

The National League of Cities (NLC) is hosting the 93rd annual City Summit Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina November 15-18, 2017

We are gathering proposals for workshop sessions and NLC University training seminars and potential workshop speakers. This is an opportunity to showcase successes within your city or organization with elected officials and thought leaders from across the country. NLC is seeking submissions as part of a continued effort to create a timely, well-rounded, non-partisan conference program. The submission deadline is Friday, March 31.

Proposals should tell the stories of:

  • Promising City Practices
  • City Challenges and Successes
  • Individual, Team or City Expertise
  • Impactful Campaigns and Initiatives

Proposals should focus on key topics and trends that widely affect cities of all sizes:

  • Economic Development
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Environment/Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Youth Development
  • Personal/Leadership Development 
  • Budgets & Management/Governance

Our goal is to produce a program that is as diverse in perspective and practice as the membership we serve; therefore, we reserve the right to accept the topic, title, one or more speakers and moderator or any combination of the proposed workshop or seminar.

About City Summit
City Summit is NLC’s annual education, training, and governance conference. It is held in a different city every year in November and includes a comprehensive program of general sessions, NLC University leadership training seminars, workshops, host city mobile workshops and an exhibit hall with more than 300 exhibitors. Representing cities and towns of all sizes across the country, more than 3,500 people are expected in Charlotte.

About the National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is the country’s oldest, largest, and most representative organization serving municipal governments. We are committed to providing city leaders with resources that help blaze pathways toward exceptional leadership and professional and personal advancement.

NLC represents and advocates for cities of all sizes. When we talk about “cities,” we are referring to all incorporated places. We support cities through federal advocacy in Washington; advocacy work at the state level through the network of state municipal leagues; and a range of programs and services.

NLC’s primary mission is help city leaders build better communities. We are a bipartisan organization that represents the broadest spectrum of political views and political affiliations. We generally emphasize that there is no such thing as a Republican or Democratic pothole, park, or affordable housing development – since partisan politics is not a key factor in local decision making.

Proposal Guidelines
Please read the following carefully before submitting your session proposal.

  • The submission deadline is Friday, March 31. All submissions must be completed in full.
  • NLC reserves the right to add, edit, or make changes to the session title, description, and mode of presentation, panel, or moderator.
  • All proposals become property of NLC upon receipt.
  • Speakers and moderators interested in attending the conference will be granted complimentary registration on the day of their session. If the speaker or moderator wishes to attend the rest of the conference, they must register and pay to attend.
  • NLC strives for diversity for speakers and moderators, especially gender, race, geographic location, and size of community.

Proposal Submission
For any questions regarding submission of proposals, please contact You will be notified via email by the end of July 2017 if your submission was accepted. All proposals will be kept on file for one year for consideration for future events. If accepted, NLC staff will contact you to move forward with planning the session and confirming speakers and moderator.


Registration opens online Tuesday, March 14, 2017

City Summit, formerly the Congress of Cities, is the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country and is designed to offer exceptional educational and networking opportunities to increase the effectiveness of local leaders. This year, we are expecting more than 3,000 local leaders – both elected and appointed – to join us in Charlotte, NC.

Dynamic conference programming includes NLC University Seminars to build technical and leadership skills and an abundance of conference workshops to provide tangible takeaways on topics like economic development, infrastructure, technology, sustainability and the environment, leadership, public safety and improving outcomes for youth and families.

Part of what makes the City Summit unique and such a “must attend” event are the many ways in which the local host city gets involved in putting on the conference, especially the creation and production of mobile workshops. Not only is there educational programming at the convention center as part of the conference, but also experiential educational opportunities around the City of Charlotte and often the surrounding region.

Conference programming is carefully developed by NLC staff, based on research and expertise, membership surveys and feedback, and through a Request for Proposals process (a link to which is published on the conference website).  

In any given year, conference attendees represent almost all 50 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. NLC is a bipartisan organization focused on connecting officials to local government solutions, and the conference attendance reflects this fact. Small towns, large cities and everything in between are represented at the conference.