Friday, March 9

Session topics and times are subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 9

7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m

Registration and Information

7:30–9:15 a.m.

Roundtable Breakfasts (ticketed event)

Join in these informal interactive discussions with peers from similar sized cities. You are sure to leave will with new ideas, new solutions, and new friends.

  • Small Cities: Under 10,000 population
  • Medium Cities: 10,000–50,000 population
  • Large Cities: Over 50,000 population
9:15–9:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

9:30–10:30 a.m.

General Session

Mary Kelly, Author and Leadership Expert

Prescriptions for Leadership Success

Mary Kelly, Author and Leadership Expert

Thousands of leadership programs tell you how to be a great leader. Far fewer delve deeper into the surprisingly common mistakes that leaders unknowingly make that derail their team’s effectiveness and productivity. In this keynote session, you’ll gain insight into behaviors that may be sabotaging the loyalty of your team; awareness of how you are perceived by your colleagues and constituents; as well as seven actionable prescriptions for successful leadership.

10:30–10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

The State of Water in Texas

Peter Lake, Director, Texas Water Development Board

In this session, Texas Water Development Board Director Peter Lake will explore the value of water, how that value changes over time, and various strategies to best plan for your future water needs.

Public Safety Is a Community-Wide Goal

Stan Standridge, Chief of Police, City of Abilene; Brian Frieda, LCC/CPM, Chief of Police, City of Sweetwater; and Steve Dye, Chief of Police, City of Grand Prairie

Join our panel of police chiefs for an insightful conversation on developing police-community trust and building stronger and safer communities. We’ll discuss engaging community organizations, promoting youth development, connecting residents to resources, building personal relationships between police officers and residents, and more.

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Time to stretch and explore the River Walk and nearby restaurants. Visit the hotel concierge in the lobby for discount information from local establishments.

1:15–2:15 p.m.

General Session

Realizations and Reflections Post Hurricane Harvey

Charles (CJ) Wax, Mayor, City of Rockport; Nim Kidd, Chief of Texas Emergency Management Division and Asst. Director, Texas Department of Public Safety; David Nix, Property Claims Manager, TMLIRP; and Jeff Thompson, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool

Texas cities will continue to become denser population and economic centers which guarantees that storm-related and other disasters will get even costlier. Pre-disaster mitigation is always better informed by harvesting the wisdom of those who’ve been through significant disasters. As your city considers its own planning to most effectively use resources both pre- and post disaster, this panel discussion will share observations and reflect on how cities can better position themselves to promote public safety, respond to their citizens, and coordinate resources in times of widespread or local disaster.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Legislative Hot Topics

Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director; and Shanna Igo, Deputy Executive Director, Legislative Services, Texas Municipal League

Bennett and Shanna will discuss the top issues that cities will face in the 2019 Texas legislative session, and will share tips for engaging with your delegation and constituents NOW!

Cybersecurity and Cities

Elizabeth Rogers, Shareholder-Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; and Anthony Tull, IT Director, City of Granbury

As technology advances, Texas cities of all sizes are integrating computers and networks to conduct city operations. Cities are taking extra security precautions to protect the city and their citizens against cyber-attacks. In this session, experts will discuss what measures cities should take to protect themselves from future threats.

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A Vote of Confidence

Holly Gray-Moore, TML President and Mayor Pro Tem, City of Roanoke; Jungus Jordan, Past TML President and Councilmember, City of Fort Worth; and Victor Gonzales, Mayor, City of Pflugerville

You were elected to public office because your constituents trust that you’ll govern responsibly and be a good steward for the city’s finances and other resources. Yet, building transparency and confidence in local government is always a work in progress. So, how can you be effective? Hear from those who’ve made it a priority to build public trust and earn their residents’ vote of confidence.

Annexation: Where Do We Go from Here?

Craig Farmer, Planning and Development Director, City of Weatherford; Chance Sparks, Assistant City Manager and Planning Director, City of Buda; and Scott Houston, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel

Since the creation of home rule cities in Texas more than 100 years ago, the process of municipal annexation has produced dynamic cities that are among the nation’s leaders in job creation and economic growth. During the 2017 session, legislation passed that allows unincorporated subdivisions to veto the annexation plans of cities in a county with a population of more than 500,000.  The bill effectively freezes the current boundaries of those cities.  Will this be mark the beginning of a process of urban decline that doomed cities in other states?  Come find out how the new legislation affects your city and ways to plan for future growth just outside your city limits.

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