Agenda

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Main Stage Sessions

All times ET and subject to change

11:00am

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

Opening Remarks

11:05am

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

More Money, More Opportunities: Federal Aid Management

Billions of federal dollars are flowing to cities across the nation, carrying the promise of generational change. Whether closing the digital divide, improving transit or creating affordable housing, the pressure is on leaders to allocate these funds to create the city of the future. How are they managing this influx of federal aid? And how are they overcoming challenges like inflation to ensure that more money means more opportunities?

11:40am

Tuesday September 27

Sponsored

A Session Presented by an Elite Underwriter

11:57am

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

How-To: Budget for Equity

Where a city chooses to invest its funds largely shapes the futures of its residents. And when investments are not made with considerations for improving equity, pockets of a city can be left behind and deprived of economic and social growth. In this how-to segment, we speak to an expert on how to craft a budget that can help a city achieve equity.

12:22pm

Tuesday September 27

Sponsored

A Session Presented by an Elite Underwriter

12:37pm

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

What If? Guaranteed Basic Income

What if the impossible suddenly became possible? In these 10-minute lightning sessions, prominent city experts will propose a seemingly unlikely scenario for city officials to consider as a solution to the complex challenges they face. Today, we will ask the question: What if every resident was provided a guaranteed income? What effect would that have on the overall budget and financial health of cities?

12:49pm

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

Lunch

1:35pm

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

The Changing Tax & Revenue Landscape

Revenue collection is on the cusp of a major transformation. As people work differently and invest their money differently, how cities generate revenue must also shift if they are to continue to provide the basic services that residents depend on. Now is the time for cities to reassess their revenue streams and identify new and innovative sources in alignment with the societal shifts occurring. From remote workers to NFTs to alternative land use, cities have options for modernizing revenue streams. Relatedly, cities need to examine which parts of the underlying revenue technology infrastructure they need to modernize to allow them to keep pace with abrupt societal changes. In this discussion, city leaders will discuss how they are rethinking revenue and what technological support they need to seamlessly collect revenue and develop more real-time budget forecasts.

2:10pm

Tuesday September 27

Sponsored

A Session Presented by an Elite Underwriter

2:25pm

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

City Tech Spotlight

Whether in IT departments themselves or in social services, innovative technology is allowing some cities to become critical, solution-oriented leaders in their field. In these 10-minute segments, GCN takes a look at the tech that can power cities into the future.

2:35pm

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

Trending Now: City Power Dynamics

Major shifts are occurring in the city landscape. A range of factors like inflation, housing affordability, and changing climate conditions are seeing people move from cities like Los Angeles and New York to Austin and Nashville. If these conditions continue, questions arise of which cities will rise to the top in terms of influence, capital and environment. Will the historically largest cities be able to retain their status? How will rising cities use their newfound status to become attractive hubs for workers and travelers? In this interactive session, we will look at current and projected data trends to learn the power dynamics ahead for cities across the United States.

3:15pm

Tuesday September 27

Editorial

Closing Remarks