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September 27, 2011

RE: Important Conference Sessions
For the First Time (or First Time in a While) Conference Attendee

Dear Mayor:

In preparation for our 96th Annual Conference, we will be sending a series of letters highlighting sessions in a particular area of interest or for a particular group of conference participants. We’ve been doing this for the past few years and we’ve gotten a positive response. Each letter suggests a possible itinerary for a conference attendee, not a listing of ‘required courses.’

This letter lists some sessions that might be especially helpful for someone who might not be familiar with the conference experience. This letter is the first in a series, which, we hope, you’ll find useful.

The conference schedule for sessions that are of interest to first time conference attendees is as follows:






* Tuesday, November 15th





2:00 p.m.

League Workshop: Orientation: Getting the Most from Your Conference Experience

Room 319

Wednesday, November 16th





12:15 p.m.

** Mayors Box Lunch – An Open Dialogue on Mayors’ Issues with the Governor’s Cabinet

Crown Ballroom,
Sheraton Hotel


2:00 p.m.

League Tandem Session: Elected Officials Refresher on Budget, Procurement and Finance Purchasing Issues

Room 322


3:45 p.m.

League Tandem Session: Elected Officials Refresher on Ethics, Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records and Civility in Public Discourse

Room 322

Thursday, November 17th





10:45 a.m.

League Joint Session with the Institute of Local Government Attorneys: Current Legal Issues that Elected and Appointed Officials Need to Know

Room 313


12:15 p.m.

** League Luncheon for all Delegates

Sheraton Hotel


2:00 p.m.

League Session: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Other Hostile Behaviors in the Workplace

Room 401


3:30 p.m.

League Business Meeting

Pearl Ballroom,
Sheraton Hotel

* Also on Tuesday, after the Orientation Workshop, consider a visit to the League Consulting Period in Hall A on the Exhibit Floor. This informal session runs from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. It includes about 100 ‘round tables’ staffed by experts in a whole host of specific areas, as well as key state and federal program contacts, giving conference delegates the opportunity for one-on-one consultations on virtually any topic of municipal interest, and an excellent way to update your rolodex. A future letter will be dedicated to more information on this unique opportunity.

** The Mayors Box Lunch and the League Luncheon are ticketed events. Visit the League’s website at and click on the links for the Mayors Box Lunch and League Luncheon for more information.

We hope these sessions will help to prepare you to better meet the needs of your fellow citizens. For more information on these, and other, sessions, visit the League’s website at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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