Make plans to attend the nation’s largest educational event for city officials, hosted this year by the City of Austin, Texas. This year’s theme, The Future of Cities, will showcase the innovative ways cities are driving change today, and will help you prepare for your community’s future.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in how cities are solving problems and becoming greater places to live will benefit from attending. The conference is especially useful to mayors, council members, newly elected officials, city managers, and municipal department heads. Although membership in the National League of Cities is not required to attend, representatives from member cities enjoy discounted registration.

What You’ll Experience

At the Congress of Cities you’ll enjoy innovative sessions, mobile workshops, inspiring keynote addresses, skill-building seminars, and great opportunities to meet colleagues from across the country.

News Spotlight

NLC is proud to announce David Gregory as a conference keynote speaker. Helping you build context and perspective as you look to the future of your city, Gregory will share his thoughts on politics, current affairs, and the role of the popular media.


MobileWS48x48At this year’s conference, the mobile workshop program has been designed to focus on sustainability in all of its forms – environmental, economic and social. The goal of Austin’s Mayor and City Council is to be the most livable city in the country, a goal that is bound in every way to the concepts of sustainability and community resilience.

Recent Blog Posts

We had a lot going on yesterday 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. Read more.


What a great start to Congress of Cities! This morning, NLC welcomed city leaders from all across the nation to the vibrant–and sunny!–city of Austin to begin the conference. Read more.

Social media users, this year’s conference hashtag is #NLCATX.