96th CML Annual Conference, Day by Day

Approximately 1,000 attendees, including mayors, trustees, councilmembers, managers, attorneys, clerks, finance directors, public works directors, and municipal staff, attended the 95th CML Annual Conference in 2017. We look forward to an even greater number of attendees joining the 96th CML Annual Conference being held in Vail, June 19-22. Online registration is now open (www.cml.org/ annual-conference) and preliminary programs will be mailed in March. 

This year’s conference offers more than 40 educational sessions focusing on municipal issues in Colorado, beginning with two afternoon ticketed preconference sessions on Tuesday, June 19. Effective Governance will be presented by Dianne Criswell, CML legislative counsel; Karen Goldman, consultant; and Tami Tanoue, CIRSA general counsel/deputy executive director, CIRSA. The Powerful Middle Ground features Leader's Edge Consulting Owner/President Gregg Piburn. 

Tuesday, June 19 

The Exhibit Area is open 1–5 p.m. 

LiveWell’s HEAL Cities & Towns will lead attendees on an afternoon stroll around the Town of Vail from 3 to 4 p.m. No charge, but registration is required. 

Also on Tuesday, CIRSA will be holding its membership lunch and annual business and safety meetings for its members. For more information, visit www.cirsa.org. 

Rounding out Tuesday’s events, registered attendees are invited to a Tuesday night reception sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. 

Wednesday, June 20 

Registration is open 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 

Sunrise Fitness, arranged by the Colorado Women in Government, is an invigorating way to start the conference from 7 to 7:45 a.m. 

Exhibits & Eats is 7:30–9:30 a.m. Exhibit Area opens at 7:30 a.m., with a specific Exhibitor Showcase Hour from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Our Exhibit Area closes at 5 p.m. 

From 9 to 9:45 a.m., participants can join the CML Conference Overview or What’s New at the Department of Local Affairs sessions. 

The conference officially kicks off with the opening general session, sponsored by CIRSA, featuring John O'Leary, who will discuss How One Attitude, One, Action, and One Person Can Change the World. 

The Meeting of the Minds Luncheon features the "Doyenne of Downtowns," Dana Crawford, who has worked with cities and towns far and wide to develop vibrant downtowns. 

Concurrent sessions include Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters; HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign: Celebrating Five Years of Success and Looking to the Future; The Changing Landscape of Television News; Autonomous Vehicles: The Disruption of Driverless Mobility; Criminal Justice Reform: What Municipalities Can Expect; Health Care: What's Next for the Affordable Care Act?; and Wildfire Mitigation: Everyone's Problem. CLE-accredited sessions are the 2018 Legislative Update and Railroad Law: A Municipal Perspective. 

The afternoon ends with Meet the Candidates, your opportunity to get to know the candidates running for the CML Executive Board. 

The Delegates Reception is 5:30–7 p.m., and is a great opportunity to visit and network with sponsors and colleagues. 

Thursday, June 21

Registration is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Early risers can enjoy the 5K Fun Run/Walk, a ticketed event sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, at 7 a.m. 

Concurrent sessions include Change is Constantly Brewing: Major Legislative Changes to Liquor Laws Since 2016; Comprehensive Plans and Policy: Decision-Making Guidance Beyond the Realm of Land Use; Economic Development Tools; Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Small Communities; Changing Currents in Water Supply and Water Quality Permitting; Colorado and the New Energy Economy; Tax Increment Financing and Colorado Downtowns; The Governing Body's Role in Dealing with Harassment in the Workplace; Can You Dig It? The Changing Landscape of 8-1-1 in Colorado; People in Your Community are Dying of Overdose: What Are You Doing About It?; Community Commons: A National Data Platform to Support Policy for Healthy Communities; The Fabulous Five: Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace: Understanding the Implications of Demographic Changes; and Unlocking Capital for Facility Upgrades: Energy and Performance Contracting. CLE accredited sessions are an Update on Federal and State Telecommunications and Broadband Laws Affecting Municipalities; Design and Architectural Standards Under Title II of the American Disabilities Act; Back to Basics in Changing Times: 2018 Employment Law Update; and The RemoteSeller Issue in Colorado: The Legal Framework of Collecting Sales Tax on Internet Sales.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has been invited to present his views on local and state government, and the winners of CML’s Municipal Hero Award contest will be recognized at the General Luncheon, sponsored by Xcel Energy. 

The CML Annual Business Meeting begins at 1:45 p.m. and includes election of CML Executive Board members, adoption of CML’s 2017–2018 Policy Statement, and consideration of other League business. Delegates must be present to vote; no proxy voting will be allowed. 

The Town of Vail is planning a free ticketed tour of Art in Public Places from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

The Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) meets 4:30–6 p.m. for its membership meeting, followed by a reception. 

Friday, June 22

Registration is open 8–10:30 a.m. 

The Colorado Women in Government Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. This ticketed meal is not just for women! Stay tuned for details. 

Concurrent sessions include Emerging Issues; Emerging Role of Municipalities in Broadband Deployment; The A to Z of Smart Cities; Amendment 64 Turns Five: What Will the Next Five Years Bring?; Customizing a Recycling Program for Small- and Medium-Sized Municipalities; Local Government's Big Impact on Global Climate Change; Think Like a Hacker; and What Muncipalities Can Learn from Burning Man. CLE accredited sessions are Tax Increment Financing: Urban Renewal and Downtown Development Authorities; Campaign Finance and Elections; Campaign Finance and Elections; Managing Conflict and Ethics Issues for Municipal Attorneys Living and Advising in the Same Community; and Wisdom from Experienced Municipal Attorneys: Must-Know Legal Principles and Proactive Tips (presented during the ticketed Attorney Luncheon). 

This year’s closing session, sponsored by Foresite Group, is one you will not want to miss! Get an instant pick-me-up from Laurie Guest with Life in the Espresso Lane: How to Be Smooth, Bold, and Balanced in a Fast-Paced World.

Don’t go home hungry! Finish your conference experience on a high note, networking with your colleagues and sharing your best takeaways from your week of learning. Choose from the three ticketed luncheons available: Elected Officials, Managers, or Attorneys. 

Look for more information and details in upcoming CML Newsletter issues or visit www.cml.org/annual-conference.