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As always, the Conference is designed around your needs and those of your community. This year, as CCOG celebrates 50 years of service to the region, the Conference’s unifying theme is looking forward to the next 50 years of building strong, resilient communities.

This page provides information about the agenda, the plenary sessions and keynote speakers, and the breakout sessions and panelists.

Testimonials from prior year Conference attendees:

“The ideas that the keynote speaker presented were things we at Mooresville will be able to pick up on, and the networking opportunities were amazing.” 

– Bobby Compton, Commissioner, Town of Mooresville, 2017

“This was the best conference I’ve attended all year. The breakout sessions were locally relevant, and the keynote speakers provided an inspirational big picture.”   

– Jim Palenick, Town Manager, Town of Dallas, 2014


The Conference opens at 8:00 a.m. for registration check-in, networking, and continental breakfast, followed by the first plenary session and morning keynote address at 8:30 a.m., and concludes at 4:00 p.m. at the end of the closing plenary session. The breakout sessions are organized in three groups of three concurrent sessions, and breaks are provided between agenda items. Click here to view the Agenda-at-a-Glance.

Plenary Sessions

The Conference typically has 2 or 3 plenary sessions.  See below for information on them as they are confirmed.

Leslie Winner and John Hood

Join us for an interactive session for which you’ll need your smart phone and a chance to hear from panelists Leslie Winner and John Hood advocating for civil discourse across political and policy differences. Leslie is the retired director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and a former NC Senator and local elected official from our region. John is president of the John William Pope Foundation, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, and a syndicated columnist writing on politics and public policy.

Breakout Sessions

The nine breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics, all selected for their relevance to local community issues and the expressed concerns of the region’s residents.

Click here to view the Session descriptions.


Click here to register.

Click here for fees information.

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Key Dates

March 26 – Early registration closes

April 9 – Online registration closes

April 12 – EVENT DAY


Contact Michelle Nance at or 704-348-2709.


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