Thursday, March 5

Session topics and times are subject to change without notice.

Thursday, March 5

7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m

Registration and Information

8:00–9:10 a.m.

Roundtable Discussions

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
9:15–10:15 a.m.

General Session

September 11, 2001: A Crisis Leadership Presentation
On September 11th 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Darling was working in the White House Military Office and was initially tasked to coordinate airlift assets for the President’s evacuation to an undisclosed site. However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and became a key liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor, and the Pentagon, and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks.  Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed first hand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans. This inspirational and patriotic presentation will help ensure September 11, 2001 is never forgotten, and will instill in you your important role in protecting and safeguarding your residents and community.
Robert J. Darling, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
10:15–11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Senate Bill 2 Implementation
    After years of city opposition, revenue cap legislation finally passed in 2019. Come learn about the basics of the new tax rate requirements and timelines, along with what your city can do to successfully manage the transition to the new property tax rate setting process.
    Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League
  • Cybersecurity Update and Required Training
    House Bill 3834, passed during the 2019 regular session, requires every state and local government employee or elected official who has access to a computer system to complete certified cybersecurity training. There are many ways to complete the training, and this session is one of them. Hear from experts at the state’s Department of Information Resources (DIR) about why the training is required, how your city can meet the training requirements, and satisfy your own annual training requirement. Additionally, you’ll hear real-life examples of the latest cybercrime attacks against cities and learn more about how DIR can partner with you to keep your systems and citizens secure.
    Andy Bennett, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch (provided)

Time to relax over lunch with all your new friends!

12:45–2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Tourism Districts
    A Tourism Public Improvement District (TPID) allows area hotels to petition a city for the power to create a tourism district to generate supplemental funding for marketing and sales efforts.  In the 2019 legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed a bill providing authority for Texas cities of all sizes to form a TPID.  Experts from the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association will discuss the law’s most important provisions, how a TPID can benefit your city, and steps to getting started.
    Scott Joslove, President and CEO, Texas Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Are You a Temporary Custodian of City Records? 
    A “temporary custodian” is a current or former officer or employee of a governmental body who, in the transaction of official business, creates, or receives public information that the officer or employee has not provided to the city’s officer for public information.  In other words, if you use a private e-mail or social media account or device to conduct city business, the information you create is subject to records retention laws and the Public Information Act.  That’s actually been the law for almost two decades, but legislation passed in 2019 now authorizes civil and criminal sanctions for the failure to turn it over.  Come find out what the law requires and best practices for compliance.
    Zindia Thomas, Assistant General Counsel, Texas Municipal League
2:00–2:10 p.m.

Stretch Break!

2:10–3:10 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Legal Q&A
    Meet the TML legal staff and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to have answered in this fun and informal session.
    Scott Houston, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel; Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel; and Zindia Thomas, Assistant General Counsel, Texas Municipal League
  • The New Disruptors
    Activists are harnessing the power of social media to embarrass and harass elected officials and public employees. This program demonstrates how to identify these “new disruptors,” and how to develop and implement policies and procedures to protect the publics’ right to know while at the same time preventing intimidation, litigation, and threats to public officials and employees.
    David Margulies, The Margulies Communications Group


3:10–3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Leadership: What You Do Matters!
    As an elected leader in your community, everything you do matters. Your ethics matter. Your integrity matters. Your communication matters. Modeling the behavior you expect in others is crucial to your success as a leader. The old school, one dimensional, autocratic, demanding, “my way or the highway” style of leadership no longer works.  Your constituents expect leaders who are tuned in to local issues, listen to their concerns, engage them in problem-solving, and are communicative and responsive. In this dynamic, high energy, and interactive presentation, Julie Burch will share leadership techniques that you’ll be able to implement immediately. She will also keep you laughing!
    Julie Burch, Julie Burch Speaks
  • Cultivating Community Capital, One Building at a Time
    City leaders are under more pressure than ever to keep up with growing service and infrastructure liabilities while also continuing to provide jobs, entertainment and quality, affordable housing options. There are realistic, affordable steps communities can take right now to bridge the resource gap, revitalize neighborhoods and cultivate a self-sustaining local economy without raising taxes. Presenters will share case studies demonstrating how cities in Texas and across the country are using revenue per acre fiscal modeling, community partnerships and small development to incrementally cultivate wealth and fiscal sustainability in their communities.
    Kevin Shepherd, P.E., ENV-SP, Founder and CEO, Verdunity

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