Below is the agenda at a glance. You can also view the sessions by day and sessions by track. Additionally, the conference app will have all the session information and can be downloaded by searching for “TML2017” in the iTunes or app store.

All conference events will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 3

10:00 a.m. TML Board of Directors Meeting
1:00-5:00 p.m. Attendee Registration
2:00 p.m. TML Resolutions Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 4

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Attendee Registration
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. TML Guest Hospitality Suite
10:30 a.m.-Noon Opening General Session and Presentation of Awards
Challenges and Change: My 132 Days off the Planet
Jerry Linenger, NASA Astronaut and Hero
Noon-5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
2:00-3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Lancaster – It Will Work if You Work It
  • Fourth Dimension Leadership: A Radical Strategy for Creating an Authentic Servant Leadership Culture
  • Community Development Block Grant for Rural Communities: Where Are the Needs?
  • Border Trade Transportation Challenges and Cities
  • Managing Water Resources for Growing Cities
  • You Are Not Alone: Security Resources for Cities
3:30-4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Super Bowl 51 – A Smashing Success in Houston
  • Road to 2020: How Cities Can Prepare
  • Parks: An Economic Engine for Your Bottom Line and Quality of Life
  • Meeting Demand with New Water in the 21st Century
  • Lessons Learned: Crisis Communications and Hurricane Harvey
  • Firefighter Cancer – The Silent Threat: Community Impact and a Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention

Thursday, October 5

7:30-8:45 a.m. TML Risk Pools’ Breakfast (separate ticketed event at no charge)
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Attendee Registration
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall
8:00-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00-11:45 a.m. Affiliates’ Board, Business, or Educational Sessions
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. TML Guest Hospitality Suite
9:00-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • New Ideas for an Age-Old Problem – How Houston Built a Transformative Homeless Response System
  • Insta What? Next to Where? Alexa Who? The Next Generation of Digital Communications
  • Public Finance: A Primer for Non-Finance Officials and Managers
  • Legal Q&A
  • It Can Happen to You!
9:00-11:00 a.m. City of Houston Mobile Tour
10:30-11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Powerful Partnerships That Meet Community Challenges
  • “Get R.E.A.L.” Race, Equity, and Leadership
  • The Sharing Economy and What It Means for Cities
  • Working with the Railroad in Your City
  • Solving the Housing Rubik’s Cube
  • From Policy to Practice: Planning for Public Health Every Day and Post-Disaster
Noon-1:45 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker (separate ticketed event)
The Power of Caring
Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist and Author

2:00-3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Down-to-Earth Strategies for a Stellar Downtown
  • Cultivate Confidence and Presence in the Workplace
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones: Best Practices for Cities
  • Creating Safe and Sustainable Communities for Your Citizens
  • Implementation of S.B. 1004–the “Small Cell Node” Bill
  • Sustainable Mosquito Management: Address Community Concerns
2:00-4:00 p.m. City of Houston Mobile Tour
2:00-5:00 p.m. Affiliates’ Board, Business, or Educational Sessions
3:30-4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Strategic Communications and Marketing: You’ll Love It When the Plan Comes Together
  • Youth Programs with Lasting Results
  • Texas Municipal Retirement System: Strong by Design
  • Public Works Round Table Discussion on Disaster Response and Legislative Issues
  • Annexation: Did the Legislature “Elect” to Eliminate It?
  • #TANGODOWN: In the Crosshairs of Hacktivist
4:45 p.m. TML Business Meeting
TAMCC Business Meeting

Friday, October 6

7:30-10:30 a.m. Attendee Registration
8:00-10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall
8:00-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
9:00-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

  • Police Body CamerasPractical and Legal Perspectives
  • The Future of City Finances: Pensions, Transparency, and the Importance Structurally Balanced Budgets
  • The Effects of Ferguson and the Future of Fines and Court Costs in Texas
  • Soaring Healthcare Cost
9:00-10:30 a.m. Affiliates’ Board, Business, or Educational Sessions
10:30-11:45 a.m. Closing Brunch and Keynote Speaker (separate ticketed event)
TML Talk: Fear Less, Do More
Michelle Poler, Researcher and Fear Facer