Welcome, First Time Attendees!

Can you think of a better city for your first NLC conference experience?

Austin, Texas: a city known for ideal weather, extraordinary dining, breathtaking outdoor spaces, and more live music than anywhere in the world. And this November 19-22, it’s host of the 90th Anniversary Congress of Cities and Exposition.

NLC values first time attendees

You’ll be welcomed with a First-Time Attendee Orientation and Reception on Wednesday evening, November 19th from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Meet other first-time attendees, plus long-time members and staff and start building valuable relationships. You’ll learn how to best navigate the conference and NLC, including the exposition hall, seminars and workshops, NLC programs and services, and networking and social events.

In the Conference Connection Lounge, the Membership Team will assist you in making the most of your experience. They’ll give you a First Time Attendee sticker for your name badge–assuring you the VIP treatment! Join fellow attendees in this lounge to learn, share, interact, or simply relax. You’ll have the opportunity to share successes and best practices, and join in on one of these activities:

  • Eggs & Issues- Come join us first thing in the morning for a cup of Joe and conversation
  • Ignite Issues- Quick 15 minute topics that will teach you some new tricks of the trade for your job!
  • ShopNLC- Take home souvenirs for your colleagues and family!

What can you expect?

No matter what your profession, you can count on a new network of like-minded city leaders who share a goal of making their communities better. You have a tremendous opportunity to meet municipal officials from every corner of the country, in every stage of career. Imagine the inspiration you’ll take away from gathering with 2,000 people who share the same challenges and hopes as you do.

You can also expect to get a wealth of new information about issues that matter to cities, from a vast group of excellent speakers and leaders. We’ve thoughtfully selected a great group of workshop session trainers as well as highly-anticipated General Session speakers to inspire and inform you as you think about the future of your own city. Prepare to take a lot of notes and get ready to share all your new insights with colleagues back at home.

Besides soaking up all the learning opportunities, take a little time to explore Austin as well! If it’s your first time in Austin, you’re guaranteed to come back with a new favorite city

Get more tips about the conference experience here.

We hope you have a wonderful time at your first Congress of Cities conference!

First-time attendees: Take advantage of the low first-time attendee rate of $435 – a huge discount from the regular conference rates!

Downtown Skyline


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