Realizing Tomorrow’s Potential
An invitation to the 102nd Annual League Conference
Municipal officials, including you, spend hours and hours keeping the tree of local government healthy and strong. Economic development, cyber security, bail reform, and infrastructure are part of the system of roots that create strong, sheltering communities and keeping these systems healthy and thriving for generations to come requires attention, care, and upkeep.
And that’s where the 102nd Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference can help. The nation’s largest municipal conference has more than a century’s experience bringing together the community of local government officials and helping them in the process of “Realizing Tomorrow’s Potential.” Those challenges grow, change, and constantly vary so attending the Annual League Conference each year is critical to keeping everyone informed and educated on the very latest approaches, solutions, and case studies.
Each year, this annual three-day event offers more than 100 educational sessions covering topics from the basics of today’s municipal challenges, to more advanced approaches to technical issues. Formal educational sessions are produced by the League, its 21 Affiliated Associations, and the Vendor Solutions Sessions. This year certain sessions will be carefully produced to include more advanced information to appeal to the experienced municipal official. The ability to accumulate Continuing Education Units (CEU) continues to be a top priority. The Annual League Conference is the most cost-effective method to achieve those credits required for professional recertification.
NEW IDEAS AND APPROACHES
Wondering what’s planned for the sessions in 2017? This year we’ll be featuring thought leaders discussing new directions and options in a variety of topics, for example Key Principles for Effective Community Engagement and Economic Development–Suburban Offices along with a multitude of hot topics such as MS4 Permits and Town Center Micro Grids, as well as discussions on Shared Services Merging Public Safety Functions and Implementing Technology. A more complete list of topics is at njslom.org/2017conf. Also, the full education session schedule will be available on the popular and easy-to-use mobile app starting in October. It will include useful search functions to help you customize your personal schedule.
The Annual Conference is your critical opportunity to participate in the business of the League. Resolutions guide the League policy throughout the year and are considered by the Resolutions Committee on Tuesday. The Mayors Box Lunch and executive briefing is Wednesday. On Thursday the League Luncheon for All Delegates is a highlight each year followed later that day by the Annual League Business Meeting, where Resolutions are adopted and new League leadership is elected. Of course there are countless other events held by the League Affiliates, exhibitors, and related groups. These are opportunities to communicate with your peers from all over the Garden State about the subjects which resonate in your municipality each day. Peer-to-peer learning is an incalculably valuable part of attending the Annual League Conference.
In addition to the sessions, the Conference offers the largest municipal exhibition in the country. The 150,000 square foot exhibit hall provides a unique, central setting for evaluating and selecting the services, partnerships, and products that can make municipal operations smooth and successful. Commercial vendors, government agencies, and non-profits are your information source in the 1,000-booth exhibit hall. The extensive list of exhibitors will be searchable using the conference mobile app starting in October. Using the mobile app, you can add “must see” exhibits to your personal schedule. You can also search and view the list now on njslom.org/exhibit
START PLANNING NOW
On the following pages you will find more information to help you begin setting your own Conference schedule, coordinating your Conference week with your colleagues, and finding your own way and realizing tomorrow’s potential.
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