Session topics and times are subject to change without notice.

Thursday, February 3

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
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

Leading and Leveraging Younger Generations
Jamie Belinne presents from more than 10 years of research and 30 years teaching and managing multiple generations in the workplace. In this general session, Jamie will give a lively and entertaining overview of how and why the younger generations are different, with specific tips to maximize productivity and retention.
Jamie Belinne, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Assistant Dean, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
10:20–11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • The Changing Dynamics of City Revenue
    Come learn about the basic sources of city revenue, as well as how recent legal and legislative developments related to property taxes, sales taxes, and local debt may impact your city budget.
    Bill Longley, General Counsel, Texas Municipal League


  • Making Perfect People Better
    You would probably laugh if someone told you that you need to be perfect. Yet, many of us strive to appear perfect as professionals. In this session, you will learn an array of transition models to help navigate the seemingly endless changes we face. This motivational and timely presentation will help you assess where you are and increase your professional resilience moving forward.
    Laurie Hall, Recovering Perfectionist and Owner and CEO, New Horizon Strategies, LLC
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

Shop and dine in the Sugar Land Town Square!

1:00–2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • Elected Officials and Law Enforcement: The TML Risk Pool and What You Need to Know
    In this session, you’ll learn how local policing is a direct reflection of the values of your community. Through a discussion of relevant legislation and policy issues, you’ll see how the values of elected officials, with input from city management and the Police Chief, sets the tone for law enforcement. Come find out how the Risk Pool, in conjunction with the Texas Police Chiefs Association and others, provides resources to assist cities with understanding recent legislation and fine tuning their law enforcement programs.
    Scott Houston, Intergovernmental Relations Manager; and Paul Christ, Loss Prevention Training Specialist – Law Enforcement, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool


  • Who Pays for the Roads in Texas?
    Texas transportation faces challenges from population growth, deteriorating infrastructure, and rapidly rising road construction costs. Cities are also shouldering more costs historically covered by state and federal governments. This session is a primer on transportation funding − who funds which roads and transportation projects, and what funding tools are available to cities.

    Brian R. Barth, P.E., Deputy Executive Director, Program Delivery, Texas Department of Transportation
2:00–2:10 p.m. Stretch Break!
2:10–3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • City Regulation and the ETJ
    This session will offer a good overview of where we are and where we are going on city extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) issues. Panelists will discuss annexation history, recent legislative developments, census/population information, and the city’s role in regulating development in the surrounding community and how that may be changing.
    Tad Cleaves, Legal Counsel, Texas Municipal League; Skye Masson, City Attorney for Georgetown, Texas; Lisa Kocich-Meyer, Director of Planning, City of Sugarland, Texas


  • Economic Growth in Your City Starts with a Vision
    One of the major challenges of economic development is choosing among many competing priorities and various activities. In this session you will learn the importance of creating and staying focused on an economic development vision and strategic plan for your community that will help you decide on what is important. Creating a vision for your community, collaborating with key stakeholders, developing goals, and taking action are the fundamentals for the creation of an economic development strategic plan to help drive economic growth and prosperity to your community.
    Orlando Campos, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Town of Addison
3:15–3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30–4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • Using Robert’s Rules Effectively
    This session takes a strategic look at Robert’s Rules of procedure. Who are the players? How do they get what they want? How can you stop them?
    Thomas Gwosdz, City Attorney, City of Victoria


  • Social Media and Your City
    Cities are using a variety of social media platforms to communicate. Social media gives you the ability to quickly relay important information, identity residents’ concerns, and solve community issues. But as the reach of social media expands, risks and potential legal issues are providing some challenges for cities that use social media platforms. In this session, you’ll learn about current legal and practical issues in social media, as well as the issues we expect to see in the future. Additionally, you’ll discover what should be in your city’s social media policy.
    Neal Falgoust, Assistant City Attorney, City of Austin