All sessions will be held in Lost Pines 4-5 at the Hyatt Lost Pines except the Thursday lunch and Friday breakfast roundtables.

Thursday, November 15

Sessions are subject to change.

7:45-8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Overview
Bill Longley , Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote: 2019 Texas Economic Forecast and What It Means for Cities
Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller 

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Plan for Your City’s Economic Development
In this session, TML Legislative Counsel, Bill Longley will provide an overview of the basic legal requirements relating to the economic development tools that are available to Texas cities, and how those tools may be used to strengthen local economies.
Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League

10:30-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Type A and Type B Economic Development Corporations and City Councils
A discussion of Type A and Type B economic development corporations, permissible expenditures, and the role of city councils.  This will include a discussion of permissible projects, job training expenses, promotional expenditures, the approval of expenditures, and appointment of board members to the Type A and Type B economic development corporations.
Charles E. Zech, Partner, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech, P.C.

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Want
In a culture that encourages sensitivity and good manners, you need tactics and strategies to show up powerfully to negotiate for the best deals with confidence and integrity.  Did you know that it’s possible to achieve breakthrough results just by asking? Learn the secret to getting what you really want.
Linda Swindling, J.D., Recovering Employment Attorney and Leadership Coach
Lost Pines 6-8

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreements, the Right Stuff?
Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code authorizes both home-rule and general law municipalities to provide incentives consisting of loans and grants of city funds, use of city personnel, facilities and services for economic development. In this session, we will discuss the legislative intent behind the adoption of the statute, establishment of programs to incentivize economic development, drafting 380 agreements, and potential municipal liability.
Christopher L. Nichols, The Nichols Firm, LLC

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Looking Ahead to the 2019 Legislative Session: Tax Code Chapter 312 Property Tax Abatements
Cities’ property tax abatement authority is set to expire unless the Texas Legislature takes action in 2019 to preserve it. This session will provide an overview of city property tax abatement authority, highlight how property tax abatements have successfully attracted investment in Texas cities, and preview what to expect during the 2019 legislative session.

Dale Craymer, President, and Debbie Cartwright, Counsel, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association
2:30-3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:30 p.m.
Curbside Chat on Strong Towns and Economic Development
In the Curbside Chat, Charles Marohn of Strong Towns explains how so many American cities are finding themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. In this session,  Marohn will explain how active citizens, local officials, and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead.
Charles L. Marohn Jr., PE AICP, Founder and President, Strong Towns

Friday, November 16

 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Roundtables
Economic Development Successes and Challenges

Small Cities (less than 10,000 population)
Facilitator: Bill Longley, Legislative Council, Texas Municipal League
Little Colony AB

Medium to Large Cities (10,000 population and greater)
Facilitator: Mary M. Dennis, Past TML President, and Mayor, City of Live Oak
Austin Colony

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Brick and Mortar Retail Is Not Dead, Just Evolving
During this presentation, we will explore the current retail environment, what to expect over the next few years, and how your community can be successful in navigating this new and constantly evolving retail environment.  This session will focus on retail development strategies for communities, both large and small.

Aaron Farmer, Senior Vice President, The Retail Coach, LLC; Sam Satterwhite, Executive Director, Wylie Economic Development Corporation; Christian Fletcher, Executive Director, Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-Noon
Economic Development and Tourism 
Scott Joslove, President and CEO of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, will discuss how cities can promote growth of their property tax, sales tax, and other city revenues through strategic uses of the local hotel tax.  You will also learn from one of the state law experts on the allowable uses of local hotel occupancy tax by municipalities.
Scott Joslove, President and CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association