February 6-8, 2022
The Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel
Registration Is Open!
2022 National Conference of Regions
February 6-8, 2022
The Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel (formerly the Washington Court Hotel)
525 New Jersey Ave NW
The National Conference of Regions is NARC’s forum to determine key policy issues and a legislative agenda for the year ahead, targeting topics central to our members’ missions and their local elected officials’ focus.
NARC hosts its annual National Conference of Regions in Washington, D.C. for councils of government, metropolitan planning organizations, their leaders and board members, professional staff and local elected officials. The conference draws a national audience consisting of elected city, county and state officials, diverse professionals, academics and private sector representatives.
|SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6|
|12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET|
Registration Table Open
CDC Recommended Masks for in-person events are either certified N95 or KN95 masks: Please note if you do not have these masks NARC will have some available upon request.
|1:00 PM -5:00 PM ET|
Major Metros Roundtable Meeting
Location: NACo Board Room, 660 North Capitol Street NW, Washington DC 20001
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Walking Tour of Capitol Crossing: DC Economic Development Project
Optional: Additional Cost of $15
Join us for a walking tour of the major urban design, infrastructure, and economic development project currently underway at Capitol Crossing. As one of the largest city design efforts in the nation’s capital in decades, this 2.2. million square foot complex will restore three city blocks on land reclaimed by decking over an existing urban Interstate. The development includes office space, housing, and 70,000 sqaure-feet of retail in five new mixed-use buildings; restores street grid connectivity; and improves biking and walking on Massachusetts Avenue.
Additional Details will be provided closer to the event.
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Kick off the conference by meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with familiar faces.
|MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7|
|8:30 AM||Breakfast Opens|
|9:00 AM – 10:45 AM ET|
Opening Session: Welcome Address
Panel Discussion on What is in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for regions?
Moderator: The Honorable Christian Dorsey, Board Member, Arlington County, Virginia; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; NARC Board Member
Keynote Speaker: Michelle Perez, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
|10:45 AM – 11:00 AM ET||Break|
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET
Expanding Broadband Opportunities
Moderator: The Honorable Judge Gary Moore, Judge and Executive of Boone County, Kentucky; NARC and NACo Past President and NARC’s current Representative from NACo
Julia Pulidindi, Broadband Program Specialist at US Department of Commerce, NTIA
|11:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET|
Transportation Committee Meeting
|12:15 PM – 1:30 PM ET|
Lunch Plenary Session: The Federal Footprint in Your Community
The Honorable Robert Cannon, Town Supervisor, Clinton Township Michigan, NARC President
Keynote Speaker: Nina M. Albert, Commissioner of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service
|1:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET||Break|
|1:45 PM ET – 2:15 PM||Implementation of Federal Funding and Grant Programs |
Join your colleagues in this session discussing what regions need to know about funding for ARPA and/or applying for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law programs.
|10:45 AM – 11:00 AM ET||Break|
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM ET
Public Safety Committee Meeting
Border communities as well as many other communities throughout Texas are being directly impacted by immigration at the southern border. Cesar Prieto from the Office of Congressman Tony Gonzales, whose district includes a large stretch of the U.S. — Mexico border, will speak about the border and immigration and the impact being felt in Texas and the nation and discuss a bi-partisan and bi-cameral bill that Rep. Gonzales has introduced entitled the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act.”
Speaker: Cesar Prieto, Office of Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23), Washington, DC
|2:15 PM – 3:45 PM ET||Energy and Environment Committee Meeting |
Join this meeting of NARC’s Environment & Energy Committee for an update on potential environmental policy and regulatory changes under new legislation.
Josh Murphy, Office of Coastal Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Wendi Wilkes, Senior Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water
|4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET|
Executive Directors Council Meeting
(All conference attendees are welcome to join)
|6:30 PM ET||Board Dinner|
|Tuesday, February 8|
|8:30 AM ET||Breakfast Opens|
|9:00 AM – 10:30 AM ET|
Keynote Speaker: Alejandra Y. Castillo, Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Economic Development
Speaker: Chuck Bean, Executive Director, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
|10:30 AM – 10:45 AM ET||Break|
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM ET
|Economic and Community Development Committee Meeting|
Join NARC’s Economic and Community Development Committee for a look at what support they need from the federal government to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to secure their region’s long-term economic recovery.
Michele Chang, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Eryn Hurly, Deputy Director of Government Affairs at the National Association of Counties
|10:45 AM – 12:00 PM ET|
Technology for Mobility
Speaker: Nicole DuPuis, PhD Vice President, Innovative Mobility and Emerging Technology ITS America
|12:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET|
Lunch General Session: Workforce Development — Past, Present, and Future
Moderator: Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman, Legislative Director of Human Development for the National League of Cities
Katie Striker, Managing Director, Government Affairs, National Skills Coalition, Washington, D.C.
|1:15 PM – 1:30 PM ET||Break|
|1:30 PM – 2:45 PM ET||Bipartisan Transporation Law Workshop |
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) contains dozens of new programs and policy changes that are relevant to metropolitan and regional planning organizations. This session is your opportunity to discuss the BIL and help formulate a set of recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the modal agencies about how the law can be implemented to best help regions meet their long-term goals.
|2:45 PM – 2:50 PM ET||Break|
|2:50 PM – 3:15 PM ET|
Conference Closure: Final Remarks and Takeaways/What’s Next
2022 Annual Conference in Columbus
The Honorable Richard “Ike” Stage, Board Member at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
|3:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET|
Board of Directors Meeting
Location: NACo Board Conference Room, 660 North Capitol Street
National Conference of Regions dates for 2023 and 2024 coming soon.