Day 1

These sessions originally aired on Wednesday, October 14. They are archived for you to view at your leisure.

11:00 a.m.-Noon      
Opening General Session and Presentation of Awards

Leadership Is a Gift

Mark Welsh has demonstrated exemplary leadership and a steadfast commitment to service throughout his distinguished career as dean of The Bush School of Government and Public Service, chief of staff of the United States Air Force, and commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe.  In this session, he will talk about what it takes to be a great leader, sharing insight and learnings from his admirable career in public service.

Speaker: General Mark A. Welsh III, Dean, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Read General Welsh’s bio

All Day

Municipal Marketplace Grand Opening

Discover a mecca of municipal products and resources from the comfort of your workspace through the TML Municipal Marketplace!

12:30-1:00 p.m.
Greenhouse Session

Leveraging Capital Creation Strategies to Reduce Funding Appropriation

Many cities are currently facing budget constraints and decreased revenue from the pandemic. Is there a way to “create capital” to help offset the deferred maintenance/capital renewal backlog? In this session, we will explore proven Capital Creation Strategies™ to improve the deferred renewal gap and aging infrastructure challenge. 
Presented by Ameresco, Inc.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

TML Small Cities Advisory Council Meeting
Registration closed

1:30-2:45 p.m.
TML Concurrent Sessions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: What You Need to Know

The Texas Municipal League began email updates regarding COVID-19 in mid-March. Since then, we’ve produced more than 350 pages of archived information. From the beginning, League staff has pushed out important information and analysis through our written daily updates. We know how hard it is to digest all the incoming information, from the League and others. Because of that, we are offering this update which will cover the key topics you should know to best serve your city.

Speakers: Amber McKeon-Mueller, Assistant General Counsel; Christy Drake-Adams, Assistant General Counsel; Evelyn Njuguna, Assistant General Counsel; and Scott Houston, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Texas Municipal League
Parks and Recreation: The Key to Rebounding and Rebuilding of Community
Session courtesy of the Texas Parks and Recreation Society

Join Texas Recreation and Park Society President and Georgetown Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Garrett as she facilitates a dialogue with parks and recreation directors from across the state. Panelists will share strategies and data on how their departments were able to quickly respond to the physical and emotional needs of their citizens during COVID-19 pandemic, and share new programs and initiatives their departments have implemented to help citizens rebound and communities rebuild.

Speakers:  Kevin Mitchell, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Grapevine; Chris Nunes, Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township; Rick Atkins, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Round Rock; and Kimberly Garrett, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Georgetown
Retail Trends Post COVID-19

This session will explore what’s next for retail. Fresh off the heels of Covid19, The Retail Coach team will examine what retail trends to watch for over the next few years and what you can be doing to help foster a strong retail sector in your community.

Speaker: C. Kelly Cofer
, Founder and CEO and Aaron Farmer, President, The Retail Coach
The Role of Technology in Cities’ Response to COVID-19
Session courtesy of the Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers

Learn how some Texas cities used technology to provide continued service to their communities affected by COVID-19. You’ll hear about the modifications they made during the pandemic that may continue as normal operations, and actions your city should take now to prepare for a possible future event.

Speakers: Jennifer Frescaz, Chief Information Officer, City of Midland; Chris Lee, Information Technology Director, City of Lewisville; Eric Matthews, Information Technology Director, City of Allen; Jason Power, Director of Information Technology, Town of Westlake; and Beth Ann Unger, CGCIO, Information Services Manager, City of Frisco

2:15-2:45 p.m.
Greenhouse Session

Public Engagement: How to Thrive in a Virtual Environment 

Most of our public engagement is now conducted virtually, and it’s expected to stay that way even beyond the pandemic. But you don’t have to just survive in a virtual environment — you can thrive there. This session will explore a variety of tools and approaches that enable you to achieve your community’s engagement goals safely and effectively. 
Presented by Freese and Nichols, Inc.

3:00-4:15 p.m.
TML Concurrent Sessions

Creating Opportunity for All Texas:  A Playbook for Post COVID-19 Resilience

How we approach the challenge of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will define the Texas that we live in going forward. We have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this moment in time and create a stronger Texas. In his presentation, Steven Pedigo will outline a Playbook for Resiliency that will offer a framework for how to build a more inclusive Texas. 

Speaker: Steven Pedigo
, Professor of Practice, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and Director, LBJ Urban Lab
Hotels Are Your Partners in Economic Recovery

Hotels have long served as an economic engine for cities large and small, supporting job creation and generating tax revenue to help fund city services. With COVID-19’s impact to the travel sector, hotels need support to keep their doors open, retain employees, and rebound.  Hear from Scott Joslove, President and CEO of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, how your city can speed up recovery by supporting the hotel industry.

Speaker: Scott Joslove, President and CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
Family Violence: What You Need to Know 

Law enforcement agencies across the state have seen spikes in family violence in recent months. Job loss, health concerns, quarantines, home-schooling, and other COVID-related issues present particularly devastating challenges for people living with abuse. In this session, participants will learn how family violence impacts our communities, and how new approaches to serving victims of family violence give us a chance to interrupt the generational cycle of violence and make our entire communities safer.

Speaker: Ken Shetter, Mayor, City of Burleson

3:45-4:15 p.m.
Greenhouse Session

Strategic Planning for Economic Recovery

Strategic planning is fundamental to expediting post-pandemic economic recovery. This session explores topics in strategic planning, including specific actions and best practices that local governments and their economic development organizations can take to speed-up recovery in their communities.
Presented by HdL Companies