Affiliate Programs

Many of the League’s 21 affiliate organizations support the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition by holding special programs for their members, as well as for any conference registrants who would like to attend.  These programs and the registration links are listed below in alphabetical order by affiliate name.

In addition, some of the League’s affiliate organizations plan and organize broader concurrent sessions that are part of the Conference program and open to all conference attendees.  These sessions are listed on the Conference agenda.

The League is grateful to all affiliate members who contributed to the 2021 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition program. 

Please keep in mind that sessions, times, and speakers are subject to change. You may contact your affiliate president with questions.

Association of Hispanic Municipal Officials (AHMO)

Wednesday, October 6

6:00-10:00 p.m.
House of Blues Houston
1204 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, October 7

3:00 p.m.
Business Meeting

Texas Association of Black City Councilmembers (TABCCM)

Tuesday, October 5

1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
T.J. Patterson Sr. Golf Tournament
Memorial Park Golf Course
1001 East Memorial Loop Dr.
Houston, TX 77007

Wednesday, October 6

12:30-2:30 p.m.
President’s Luncheon
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, TX 77004

Thursday, October 7

2:00-5:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting and Workshop

6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (TAMCC)

Wednesday, October 6

4:45 p.m.
Business Meeting and Election

Texas Association of Municipal Health Officials (TAMHO)

Thursday, October 7

9:00-9:15 a.m.

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Local Health Department Incident Management During COVID-19
Jason Chessher
, Deputy Health Director, Diana Beeler, Public Health Manager, and Mistie Gardner, Emergency Management Director, City of Garland

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Lessons from a Pandemic – Local Health Department Action
Moderator: Geoff Heinicke, Environmental Health Supervisor, City of Allen

11:45 a.m.
Business Meeting

Texas Chapter of American Public Works Association (Texas Chapter of APWA)

Thursday, October 7

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Board Meeting

Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA)

Thursday, October 7

8:00-9:00 a.m. 

9:00-9:15 a.m.   
Opening Remarks
TCAA President, Alan Bojorquez

Welcome Remarks
Arturo Michel, City Attorney, City of Houston

TCAA Meritorious Service Award Presentation
Presented by Alan Bojorquez, TCAA President

9:15-9:45 a.m.
City as Landlord: Leasing Considerations for Municipalities
Speaker: Allison A. Bastian-Rodriguez
, Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, P.C.

9:45-10:15 a.m.
The Role of City Attorneys in Risk Management
Speaker: Scott Houston
, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Defending Against the Expansion of Regulatory Taking Law
Speakers: John Hightower and Allison Killian, Olson & Olson, LLP

11:00 a.m.-Noon
Implicit Bias
Speaker: Lowell Denton, 
Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, P.C.

Noon-2:00 p.m.
TML Attendee Luncheon and Presentation (separate ticketed event) or Lunch on Your Own

2:00-2:15 p.m.
Business Meeting: Election of TCAA Officers and Passing of the Gavel

TCAA Meritorious Service Award Presentation
Presented by Ron Stutes

2:15-2:45 p.m.
Statutory Interpretation
Speaker: Daniel Olds
, Clark Hill PLC

2:45-3:15 p.m.
The Home Team Advantage: Working With Your City’s PID Team to Ensure PID Project Success
Speakers: Veronica Rivera
, The Knight Law Firm, LLP and Gregory D. Miller, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Ultra Vires, Platting, and Shot Clock Certificate of Compliance
Speaker: Kevin Curley and Julie Fort, Messer, Fort and McDonald, PLLC

4:00-4:30 p.m.
Flooding Liability for Texas Cities: When It Rains, It Floods (Sometimes, Always)
Speakers: Victor Flores, Interim City Attorney, City of Brownsville; Eric Flores, City Attorney, City of Palmview; and Kim Mickelson, Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Houston      

4:30-5:00 p.m.
The Ethics Commission and You
Speaker: Michael McCann
, Law Offices of Ryan Henry, PLLC

Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA)

Thursday, October 7

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Membership Meeting

Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS)

Wednesday, October 6

8:15-10:15 a.m.
Board Meeting

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Saltgrass Steak House
Downtown Houston

Thursday, October 7

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Misery Loves Company!

Misery does love company, and that goes for your staff too! In the session we will discuss strategies to help you improve your internal customer service to enhance your organization’s ability to deliver exceptional service to your community. Organizations often spend thousands of dollars on customer service training and are not seeing the results they would like to see. Shifting the focus from external only to include internal customer service may be the missing link in customer service success.
Speaker: Tiffany White, Membership Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

10:30-11:45 am
Focusing Forward: From Parks and Recreation to DEI Initiatives, Success Will Not Happen in Silos

Whether serving as a recreational therapist, park and recreation professional, or elected official, we all have similar responsibilities. We each have a role in providing services that improve lives, open social opportunities, challenge and excite people, all while using a fiscally responsible approach. Recent issues revolving around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have many of us asking, “Just who are we serving?” We should also ask ourselves if we are looking beyond race and gender so that we include ABILITIES. Oftentimes those with “different abilities,” aka “disabilities,” are not part of the DEI equation. This session shares two real life examples from a hospital’s Therapeutic Recreation Department working with national junior golf programs and a local city’s Park and Recreation Division to expand services to children with different abilities. Reaching outside the existing silos resulted in cost savings, improved health, and expanded the base of satisfied consumers.
Speaker: Dana Dempsey, Scottish Rite Hospital for Children