Health and Safety Protocols

Per the CDC guidelines, it is recommended that all individuals wear a mask while indoors. TML masks will be available for free as well as hand sanitizing stations throughout the convention center.

You can read the George R. Brown Convention Center health and safety measures here: https://www.grbhouston.com/covid-19-health-safety-plan/.

Please view the most up-to-date COVID public health recommendations here:

If you test positive for Covid-19 during the TML Annual Conference or within two weeks following the event, the CDC suggests that you inform appropriate parties so others may self-quarantine or get tested. Please contact us at conference@tml.org if this applies to you. Your identity will not be shared with other conference participants. 

Before you get there

Download the conference app

TML is excited to once again offer a mobile app that will have information on conference sessions, exhibitors, attendees, speakers, and more! To download the app, search TML2021 (no spaces) in the iTunes App Store or Android Market. 

When and where is the TML Annual Conference?

The in person TML Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place October 6-8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The center is located at 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010.

What is the attendee cancellation policy for the conference registration?

September 6 is the cancellation deadline for registration refunds. If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute.

Important Note: Canceling your conference registration does not automatically cancel your hotel reservation. You must cancel your hotel reservation separately.

What is included in the conference registration fee?

The attendee registration fee includes access to educational sessions, the exhibit hall grand opening, the exhibit hall, and the TML Health and Risk Pools’ Breakfast (separate ticketed event, no charge). Tickets for meal functions are not included.

A one-day registration option is available to anyone who would like to attend Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday activities only. The fee includes access to educational sessions and the exhibit hall on the day for which you registered. Tickets for meal functions are not included.

The spouse/guest registration fee includes admission to educational sessions, the exhibit hall grand opening, and the exhibit hall. Tickets for meal functions are not included. A city official or employee cannot register as a spouse/guest.

Special Accommodations

If you require assistance of any kind, including dietary restrictions (such as allergies or sensitivities to particular ingredients), mobility, audio or visual aids, or other assistance, please contact TML at training@tml.org. Please note that individuals with special dietary needs will be responsible for the actual cost of the restricted meal if it exceeds the ticketed meal cost.

Will speaker handouts be available?

Concurrent session handouts received by TML prior to the conference will be posted to the conference website and conference app as they are received.

Traveling to the Conference

Traveling to Houston

Visit Houston has compiled a handy PDF on tips for driving and flying to Houston during major construction projects. View the PDF here

Where should I park?

The convention center has a few parking garages. You can view them on the map here: https://www.grbhouston.com/attendees/parking-maps-and-directions/. You can also find available parking using the SpotHero parking app here: https://spothero.com/.

Are there other transportation options?

You bet! Houston offers multiple transportation options to get around easily including METRORail, ride-share, bus system, and local transportation services. For more information, visit https://www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-planning/getting-to-and-around-houston/getting-around-houston/.

While You’re At the Conference

When will the attendee registration desk be open?

TML shuttle service will be provided to and from conference hotels located more than three blocks from the George R. Brown Convention Center, and will be available these days and times:

Tuesday, October 5
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 7
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 8
7:30-10:30 a.m.

Will TML provide shuttle buses from the conference hotels to the convention center?

TML shuttle service will be provided to and from conference hotels located more than three blocks from the George R. Brown Convention Center, and will be available during the following times:

Tuesday, October 5
12:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6
7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 7
7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 8
7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

TML Guest Hospitality Suite

The TML Guest Hospitality Suite will be open Wednesday and Thursday, October 6-7 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


For those who need assistance, a limited number of motorized scooters will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please inquire about scooters at Attendee Registration. Scooters will only be available on a by-day basis and require an I.D.  Scooters must remain in the convention center and be turned in by the end of each day to charge them overnight.

Where is first aid located?

If you need medical attention, please go to Attendee Registration for help, or ask a TML staff member to contact a first aid representative for you.

Can I earn TMLI credits for attending the conference?

If you are an elected city official participating in the TMLI program, you can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition. CEU forms will be available on the handouts page of the conference website. If you have questions about the TMLI program, please email tmli@tml.org or call 512-231-7400.


Resolutions for consideration by TML member cities at the TML Business Meeting on Thursday, October 7, are available here.

In accordance with the TML Constitution, no resolution shall be eligible to be considered at the Business Meeting unless: (1) the same has been submitted at least 45 full calendar days prior to the first day of the Annual Conference; or (2) there is a two-thirds vote of the cities represented at the business meeting in favor of suspending the timely submission rule.

TML Business Meeting

The TML Business Meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 7.

Explore Houston!

We hope you enjoy your stay in Houston and explore all that this city has to offer. In your downtime we encourage you to explore all Houston by purchasing your favorite experiences from the Houston Experience Marketplace.  The Houston Experience Marketplace brings together the city’s best attractions, tours, tickets and experiences for you to browse and purchase at your convenience. Visit the website here.