Frequently Asked Questions about the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

When and where is the TML Annual Conference?
The TML Annual Conference will take place October 3-6 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The center is located at 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas, 77010.

When will program information be available?
The TML Annual Conference website will be updated as new program information is added. Click on Agenda to view the most current program information. You can also follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook for news and updates.

What topics will be covered?
The conference will feature six concurrent session tracks that will allow you to customize your learning experience:

  • City Showcase: We Can Do That!
  • Community and Employee Engagement: Inspire Participation
  • Finance: Spark Revenue and Growth
  • Infrastructure: Plan for the Future
  • Planning: Build Cities that Enrich Lives
  • Safety and Wellness: Foster Livable Cities

When will attendee registration be open?
Registration will be open during the following hours:

Tuesday, October 3
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

Friday, October 6
7:30-10:30 a.m.

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 Risk Pools’ Breakfast (all tickets have been distributed), as well as a conference bag (provided by the Texas Masonry Council) and refreshment breaks. 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, as well as a conference bag and refreshment breaks. Tickets for meal functions are not included.

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

TML Guest Hospitality Suite
The TML Guest Hospitality Suite will be open on Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. You will find a variety of novelty items for sale including jewelry, purses, and skin care products. Chair massages and light refreshments will be available.

What if I can only attend one day?
TML offers a one-day conference registration. Register online or via the mail-in registration form.

What is the attendee cancellation policy for the conference?
If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. If you cannot send a substitute, TML will provide a refund, minus a $75 cancellation fee, with your written cancellation notice.  Please send your cancellation notice via email to acct@tml.org by August 17. No exceptions will be made.

Canceling your conference registration does not automatically cancel your hotel reservations. You must cancel hotel reservations separately.

Special Accommodations
If you are in need of assistance of any kind, including special dietary needs (such as allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities to particular ingredients) or need mobility, audio-visual, or other assistance, please contact TML at training@tml.org. Please note that you are responsible for the actual meal cost (the ticketed meal cost plus the difference between that and the specialized meal cost).  

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.

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.

Where should I park?
The George R. Brown Convention Center has three nearby parking garages with over 3,800 parking spaces. Rates vary and are subject to change. Please visit GRB Parking and Directions to view additional information.

Will TML provide shuttle buses from the conference hotels to the convention center?
TML Shuttle service will be provided to/from the Courtyard Marriott Houston Downtown, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott, Residence Inn Houston Downtown, Springhill Suites by Houston Downtown, and the George R. Brown Convention Center. TML shuttle service is not provided to hotels within walking distance. Shuttle service will be available during the following times:

Tuesday, October 3
12:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4
7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

Friday, October 6
7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Are there other transportation options?
You bet! Here are a few to get you started.

Transportation Around Houston – To view a full list of transportation options around the City of Houston, please visit Getting Around Houston. 

Greenlink – This free and environmentally friendly downtown transportation option offers buses that operate Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Green Route); Thursday through Friday, 6:30 p.m.-Midnight (Orange Route); Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-Midnight (Orange Route); and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Orange Route). Visit Greenlink for additional information including route stops and times.

METRORail – This convenient 22.9 miles of rail line offers three lines of service (Red Line, Green Line, Purple Line) with a one-way ticket costing $1.25. Visit METRORail for complete METRORail schedules and stops.

Airport Transportation – The Houston Intercontinental Airport is approximately 25 miles from the Convention Center, and the William P. Hobby Airport is approximately 12 miles from the Convention Center. Visit Houston Airport Information, to view airport information, transportation options, and more.

Additional Transportation Options – To view a full list of transportation options around the City of Houston, please visit Getting Around Houston. 

Can I earn TMLI Credits for attending?
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 conference website and at the information tables. If you have questions about the TMLI program, please email tmli@tml.org or call 512-231-7400.

How do I become an exhibitor?
To reserve your exhibit space at the 2017 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition, click on Exhibitors.

How do I become a sponsor?
To learn more about sponsorship, click on Sponsors

Resolutions passed by the TML Resolutions Committee will be available on Thursday, October 5, on conference app, TML website, and in hard copy format near Attendee Registration.

TML Business Meeting
The TML Business meeting is scheduled at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 5. Please check the agenda at a glance and conference app for room location.

Where can I find the Host City Tables?
You can visit the City of Houston and the City of Fort Worth (location of the 2018 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition) tables located near Attendee Registration.

Where will first aid be located?
The First Aid Station will be located near Attendee Registration. 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.