Winter 2019 Policy Meeting

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Winter 2019 Policy Meeting
Friday, January 25 - Saturday, January 26
Washington, DC
Our meetings provide Mayors with dynamic, interactive opportunities to learn from peers and experts around city innovation. As cities tackle the biggest issues—including climate change, infrastructure, economic revitalization, equity—they often develop the most innovative and effective policy solutions. We hope you will join us as we convene to advance urban innovation.

Topics include: 
- Valuing Women’s Health
- Climate Change & Transportation Emissions
- Community Engagement: New Models, Old Rules or Old Models, New Rules?
- Building a Strong, Diverse, and Resilient Local Business Community
- As well as the highly popular Innovation Showcase – share your best ideas with your peers!

Times & topics are subject to change.

Friday, January 25

11:30 – 1:00pm

Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

1:00 - 2:00pm


2:00 - 2:15pm

Welcome & Introductions

2:15 - 4:00pm

Valuing Women’s Health

With federal health care funds slashed, state politics unpredictable, and stark racial disparities prevalent in health outcomes, what can be done on the local level to ensure that women have access to quality health care? This panel will explore the role that cities can play in protecting and promoting women’s health.

Joneigh Khaldun, MD, MPH, City of Detroit, MI

4:00 - 4:15pm


4:15 - 6:00pm

Climate Change & Transportation Emissions
As cities prepare for climate change, reducing the transit-related carbon footprint of a city can go a long way in reducing a municipality’s carbon output. While reducing gas vehicles through promoting electric vehicles is a key step, it is not sufficient.

Laura Jay, C40 Cities

6:00 - 6:15pm


6:15 - 7:00pm

Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase will offer all Mayors and city staff the opportunity to present to the group on a leading edge/innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented in just 3 minutes. Sign-up to participate through registration.

7:00 - 7:30pm


7:30 - 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Michael Nutter, former Mayor, City of Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, January 26

8:00 - 8:30am


​8:30 - 10:15am

Community Engagement: New Models, Old Rules or Old Models, New Rules?

A healthy relationship between municipal government and residents is a critical component of a strong democracy. Many cities are starting to think outside of the box to encourage community engagement that is authentic and equitable. This panel will provide city leaders with good ideas to improve their community engagement, whether through the use of the latest technology or by simply innovating tried and true techniques.

Shari Davis, Participatory Budgeting Project

Jon Robinson, City of West Sacramento, CA

10:15 - 10:30am


10:30 - 12:15pm

Building a Strong, Diverse, and Resilient Local Business Community

Small, local businesses are a crucial component of thriving cities, but many need support to survive in today’s world of mega-companies and conglomerates, and when neighborhood change risks raising rents, sometimes resulting in displacement. This panel will examine how cities can reduce the regulatory burden for small businesses, increase access to business capital, strengthen local procurement policies, and provide educational opportunities to business owners and workers. We will also address how cities can support populations affected by historical disinvestment or intentional disadvantage to cultivate a thriving, unique local business community that benefits everyone.

Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr, City of Taunton, MA

Mayor Vi Lyles, City of Charlotte, NC

12:15 - 12:20pm

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

12:30 - 2:00pm

Optional: Guided tour of Evicted Exhibition, with Sarah Leavitt, Curator with the National Building Museum. A collaboration with Matthew Desmond, best-selling author of Evicted, this exhibit offers an immersive experience into the world of low-income renter eviction.

Each year more than 2.3 million Americans, most of them low-income renters, face eviction. While it used to be rare, forcible removal has become ordinary, with families facing eviction from the most uninhabitable apartments. Ms. Leavitt will provide an introduction to the eviction crisis, background on the exhibition, and related implications for city leaders.

We are limited to 25 spots for this optional tour, which includes a light lunch and transportation to and from the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW

12:45 - 2:00pm

Steering Committee Meeting

Members only

Friday, January 25 - Saturday, January 26, 2019
Equality Center at the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island, NW, Washington, DC 20036



Member cities: free unlimited registrations

Non-member cities: $325/person

Non-profits/Academic: $400/person

For-profit/prospective sponsors: Contact us to learn more about sponsorship.

Are you a mayor that has yet to attend one of our meetings? Contact us about first-time discounts!


We invite Mayors, other local elected executive-branch leaders, and their senior staff to attend our meetings from the US and Canada only. Other elected local government leaders and staff should contact their executive and/or us for an invitation. Registration covers the cost of materials and all meals listed on the agenda. View our refund cancellation policy here.  If you're with an NGO or a business interested in presenting at or sponsoring a meeting, learn more here or contact us



Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and hotel. A room block has been reserved at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, a 2-block walk to the meeting, at a rate of $147/night plus tax. Please book no later than Thursday, January 3, 2019. To book:

  1. Call the dedicated group reservation line: 877-212-5752, or
  2. Book online here.



Both meeting and meals will take place at the Equality Center at the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island, NW, Washington, DC 20036. See map:


Logistics: Emily Miota,, 608-263-7958

Content: Ceri Jenkins,, 608-262-5176



Our meetings are business casual, with an emphasis on casual.

  • Check back closer to the event!