We had a lot going on today in Austin! The day started with a Young Elected Officials Breakfast, where emerging city leaders from across the country joined NLC leadership to network and discuss their shared experiences.
We celebrated achievements made by local elected officials in their efforts to build healthier communities and address childhood obesity as part of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). This special celebration event recognized the achievements of all communities participating in LMCTC. Congratulations to the communities awarded for their commitment to physical activity!
Congress of Cities officially kicked off this afternoon with the opening general session. Speakers discussed the future of cities, and what attendees need to be thinking about in the next few years. Mayor Becker urged the packed room to be open to change in order to move forward. “Be forward-thinking, or be left behind,” Becker asserted.
Our keynote speaker Mike Walsh took to the stage, with a fascinating presentation about how cities are already changing and how city leaders can prepare for these changes. He echoed the other speakers’ urging to stay open-minded, being open to new technology and new data available to cities.
City leaders left the room more prepared to welcome the inevitable challenges and opportunities that come with a changing urban landscape. They’re gearing up for what’s next by taking notes on best practices and emerging ideas at the various workshops throughout the week.
Earlier today, Castro and NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony signed a historic MOU to work to end veteran homelessness in the very near future. To date, more than 255 cities, counties, and states are pledging to end veteran homelessness in their communities by 2015.
Please note: The Closing Celebration on Saturday is changing locations! The City of Austin has a fantastic party planned for our celebration. Unfortunately, the weather has a fantastic storm planned for Saturday night! So, we’ll be moving the party indoors. Get ready for wonderful Texas food and great live music—without the rain, wind, tents, and buses. The fun starts at 6:00 in Ballroom D on level 4.
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