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 (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
9:15–10:15 a.m.

General Session

September 11, 2001 – The White House
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.)
10:15–10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30–11:30 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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
2:00–2:10 p.m.

Stretch Break!

2:10–3:10 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • So You Want to Run for Higher Office?
    Ever considered running for state or federal office?  Attend this presentation to learn about the legal pitfalls, what consultants do and why you may need one, how to deal with the press, and tales from a city official who’s taken the plunge.
  • Hot Topic (to be determined in January 2020)
3:10–3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • You Can Trust Me!
    You were elected to public office because your residents believe 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.
  • Leadership Skills – No Touchy Feely Stuff Here
    When leaders are engaged and inspired, disagreeing factions can find common ground and stubborn problems can find solutions.  In this session, you’ll learn some clear and simple strategies for communicating with your key stakeholders.

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