Congress of Cities and Expo Unites City Leaders
By Patrick Hasseries
The 2013 Congress of Cities and Exposition (CCE), an annual event sponsored by the National League of Cities, starts today and will continue through November 16 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
Each year, the CCE brings together U.S. city leaders to showcase how cities are driving change and solving pressing challenges in local government. Participants can form network connections and learn about the latest ways city leaders and improving the quality of life in their communities.
Among its many features, this year’s event will include:
- Award presentations
- Seminars and forums
- Networking opportunities
- Service and product exhibitions
- Tours and mobile workshops
Among the award presentations scheduled during the event, recent winners of the Center for Digital Government 2013 Digital Cities Survey will be honored on Thursday, November 15 with a reception. As we mentioned earlier this week, many Socrata customers were among its winners.
Seminars and Forums
The CCE will feature over 20 workshops – from formal presentations to unconferences – that address a range of topics. There will also be special half and full day leadership workshops, which are designed to help city officials develop leadership skills in specific areas.
Some highlight workshops include:
- Using Technology to Bolster Economic Development
- The Suburbanization of Poverty: Local Challenges, Regional Solutions
- Engaging Residents in Solutions: Using Data and Technology to Improve Local Government
The CCE offers venues geared to help event-goers network. The Conference Connection Lounge is a place to meet with colleagues. New this year are also nightly networking happy hours.
The A.S.K. a Corporate Partner program offers special networking opportunities, connecting city leaders with the event’s corporate partners. A.S.K. helps cities find the solutions they need through 20-to-30 minute one-on-one meetings about topics such as economic development, sustainability, and technology.
Services and Products Exhibition
In the exposition hall, vendors display the latest products, services, and ideas. Select exhibitors also hold vendor theaters, 15-minute presentations that provide insight into some of the most interesting solutions to meet the needs of today’s cities.
Tours and Mobile Workshops
This year’s Congress and Expo offers several options to experience Seattle and its surroundings. Guests of event-goers may choose from six tour options, while event-goers themselves may join in a variety of mobile workshops that take learning to the streets.
The conference ends with a special tour, a closing gala at Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP). The EMP Museum will be open to guests, and the gala will include music, dancing, and spectacular food from world renowned chefs.
Join the Congress
Join the League of Cities and sign up for the Congress and Expo. Even if you can’t make it to this year’s CCE, the 2014 Congressional City Conference is coming in March.