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Local Progress Sixth Annual Convening (Austin)

July 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - July 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Join us July 28-29th, 2017 for the sixth annual Local Progress convening in Austin, TX.

Our challenges in the year ahead are many– from defending immigrant communities and communities of color, to building sustainable cities and fighting climate change, to defending public education and shoring up working families with better economic justice policies and affordable housing. Now, more than ever, our collective efforts must be harnessed to protect and empower our communities. Register here.

With more than 15 breakout sessions and skills trainings and over 100 elected officials, our conference will be a critical space for us to come together as a network to discuss, create, and continue shared strategies for the year ahead. Our sessions in the past focus on a range of topics including:

  • Immigrant Rights in the Age of Black Lives Matters
  • Climate Solutions that are Proactive, Not Reactive
  • Tools for Equity in the “On-Demand” Economy
  • Beyond Community Benefits Agreements

and many more….

It will also be a space to support each other in continuing to build Local Progress to improve our cities, towns, and counties and resist harmful policies seeking to create fear and division in our communities.

2017 Agenda Overview

Pre-Conference Activities – Thursday, July 27
Training with Wellstone Action: Governing as a Progressive
School Board: Full day of programming for School Board Members
Meeting of the Local Progress Board of Directors
Women’s Caucus Gathering (open to all women Local Progress members)

Friday, July 28
Breakfast and Registration
Welcome & Introductions

  • Mayor Steve Adler, Austin, TX

Opening Plenary: Lessons from the Resistance
Fight for Our Cities
Lunch and Training: Crafting and Delivering a Progressive Economic Message

Policy Breakouts
• Beyond Sanctuary: Policies to Protect and Defend Immigrant Communities
• Innovative and Equitable Economic Development
• Joining the Global & National Fights for Our Climate
• Next Generation Workers Rights: Building “Good Jobs Cities”
• Revenue Strategies for Progressive Priorities

Debrief with Your Homebase Group
Drinks and Heavy Appetizers: Celebrating Five Years of Local Progress
Saturday, July 29
Keynote – Larry Krasner, Candidate for District Attorney of Philadelphia
Local Progress Campaigns: Building Our Collective Power

Campaign Breakouts
• Economic Justice
• Equitable and Sustainable Infrastructure
• Just and Accountable Policing
• Sanctuary Cities
Lunch Plenary: Looking Ahead – Building for 2018 and Beyond

Group photo and break

Policy Sessions
• Beyond ACA: Public Health Concerns & Solutions
• Cities vs. the Department of (in)Justice
• Fighting Back Against Conservative Preemption of Municipal Powers
• Inter-Related Strategies to Shape the Housing Market & Stop Evictions
• Transit Equity: Increasing Mobility & Opportunity

Skills breakouts
• Building the Bench: Growing Diverse and Progressive Leadership in our Communities
• Communications Training
• From #ResistTrump to Local Progress
• Governing from the Minority

Closing Reception: Evening Opportunities in Austin

Sunday, July 30
Meeting for Texas Local Elected Officials

Financial assistance is available to help offset hotel and travel costs. Please contact Tarsi Dunlop ( with any questions.


July 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am
July 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


AT&T Conference Center
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705
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