2018 Annual Conference

IMLA's 83rd Annual Conference
October 17 - October 21, 2018
Hilton Americas-Houston
Houston, Texas

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News

The hotel room block is now open! CLICK HERE to book your room or call 713-739-8000 and use the code 1IM! For ILGL information, click here.For Code Enforcement information, click here.

Program

 Click here to view a TENTATIVE schedule. For ILGL information, click here.For Code Enforcement information, click here.

Registration

 CLICK HERE to register online. CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

Events/Networking

 

2018 STATE/PROVINCE BREAKFAST
Friday, October 19, 2018


IMLA is delighted to offer you an opportunity to network with colleagues from your state/province! The breakfast will be organized tables by state/province and you can enjoy your breakfast together with your colleagues. The State/Province Breakfast is planned for Friday, October 19th, 7:00 am.  The fee for this breakfast is $20 ($25 10/13 - 10/19).

 

CLICK HERE to register

 

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

CLICK HERE to register

2018 CONFERENCE WONK TABLES & DESCRIPTIONS
Saturday, October 20, 2018


IMLA is delighted to offer you an opportunity to network with your colleagues and have direct access to premier vendors and attorneys who concentrate on various areas of municipal law at breakfast! The breakfast will be organized tables by “Topic” and you can enjoy your breakfast together with your colleagues. The WONK Breakfast is planned for Saturday, October 20th, 7:45 am to 9:00am- in the Exhibit Hall B. The fee for this breakfast is $20 ($25 10/13 - 10/20). 

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

CLICK HERE to register and pick your table

 

  1. Disaster / Resiliency
  2. Dockless Disruption: Removing the Training Wheels Around Regulations
  3. Drafting Codes of Ethics
  4. Emerging Issues On Use Of Police Videos at Trial and on Appeal
  5. Employment Law Hot Topic
  6. Land Use Hot Topics
  7. Powering your Community: Hot Topics in Energy and Sustainability for Municipalities
  8. Promoting Public Safety and Responsible Dog Ownership
  9. Sanctuary Jurisdictions
  10. Small/Rural Communities
  11. The Role Of Municipal Government in Providing and Regulating Electricity

 

TABLE 1: Disaster / Resiliency

This discussion will focus on what local government attorneys should be prepared to do if FEMA/HUD don’t show up after an emergency

Host: Mary Beth Coburn, Best Best & Krieger

TABLE 2: Dockless Disruption: Removing the Training Wheels Around Regulations

Emerging transportation technologies are being quickly integrated into communities. While dockless micromobility like bikes and scooters present regulatory challenges, they also provide opportunities to enhance mobility and realize priorities around reducing congestion and emissions. This innovation focused discussion will provide an overview of the national regulatory landscape around dockless technologies, offer best practices on legal and policy issues, and discuss infrastructure considerations for the cities of the future.

Host: Greg Rodriguez, Best Best & Krieger

TABLE 3: Drafting Codes of Ethics

Host: Alan Bojorquez, Bojorquez Law Firm

TABLE 4: Emerging Issues On Use Of Police Videos at Trial and on Appeal

Host: Timothy Coates, GSMR

TABLE 5: Employment Law Hot Topic

Host: Robin Cross

TABLE 6: Land Use Hot Topics

Hosts: Julian Grant & Susan Trevarthen

TABLE 7: Powering your Community: Hot Topics in Energy and Sustainability for Municipalities

The host will discuss emerging trends in renewable energy, storage, community aggregation, sustainability and distributed generation and how municipal attorneys can help their clients navigate the emerging energy climate. Participants are invited to share their communities’ experience in P3 development of renewable and alternative power and how they have addressed procurement, contracting and permitting of public and private facilities.

Host: Tip Torres, West Law Group

TABLE 8: Promoting Public Safety and Responsible Dog Ownership

How the IMLA model dangerous dog ordinance can help your community

Host: Lee Greenwood, Best Friends

TABLE 9: Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Local governments and the Department of Justice have been engaged in ongoing litigation regarding issues pertaining to so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. This table will offer an opportunity to discuss some of the litigation, the grant conditions at the heart of the litigation, and offer insight into what may happen next.

Host: Amanda Kellar, IMLA

TABLE 10: Small/Rural Communities

Host: Chris Balch

TABLE 11: The Role Of Municipal Government in Providing and Regulating Electricity

Host: Alton Hall, Adams and Reese

CLICK HERE to register and pick your table

More tables to be added. If you wish to sponsosr a table, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Welcome Reception
Museum of Natural Science
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00PM - 8:00PM (Buses to board: TBD)Kick off the 83rd Annual Conference in Houston, Texas at the Welcome Reception. Enjoy food, drinks and networking! A badge is required for entry

Memorial Park Golf Course
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Golf has been arranged for Thursday, October 18th at the Memorial Park Golf Course

  • Fee: $41 (includes one round and cart)
  • Rental clubs are available.
    • Fee: $40
  • Transportation will be provided

CLICK HERE for more information on the course.

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in reserving a spot. 

IMLA’s 2018 Annual World Series in Houston, Texas

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 PM (Bus will leave at 5:30PM)
Memorial Park, McConn Ballfield

The annual softball game will be held on Saturday, October 20th at Memorial Park. A bus will pick up the participants at the hotel transport them to Memorial Park. At the end of the game, each participant will be dropped off by bus at a local bar, Guadalajara Del Centro . All participants will receive a free softball jersey and cap. The organizing committee will supply softballs, bats, snacks, and drinks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed at Oakes Park. Each participant is encouraged to bring a glove and a jacket or sweatshirt, and must sign standard waiver forms required by IMLA. This is a free event, but bus seats will be given at a first come, first served basis.


The bus will leave the hotel at 5:30PM!

CLICK HERE for the registration form. All forms should be faxed (202-785-0152).

Tours

Code Enforcement Tour
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

First come, first served. Space is limited

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The workshop provides the opportunity to:
• Tour guide will be a Code Enforcement Officer to detail Houston’s enforcement process
• Tour refurbished commercial and residential structures
• Discuss code enforcement issues unique to frequently flooded neighborhoods

  • City of Houston Public Works Building: Tour the refurbished Houston Public Works Building. The building was converted from a vacant building to LEED building standards. The tour will highlight various innovative aspects of the building including: The Green Building Resource Center used to educate Houston Residents on green building techniques, a raised floor system, water efficient plumbing fixtures, and energy efficient light fixtures. They have 50 displays of green building technology and materials. You can also take a tour of the roof to see the solar panels and wind turbines. {30-minute walk around tour}
  • Elder Street Artist Lofts: Tour the former Hospital that was designated a dangerous building after decades of neglect. is property started as a cemetery and then become the Jefferson Davis Hospital. Jefferson Davis Hospital was replaced with a new hospital in 1938. The building was vacant for decades and fell into disrepair. The building has since been converted into 34 live/work units. The units provide housing and offices for local artists but retain many of the original building features. {30-minute walk around tour}
  • Meyerland Subdivision: Tour the Meyerland Subdivision that was decimated during Hurricane Harvey. You will have the opportunity to discuss the innovative methods of raising existing residences to prevent future flooding damage. A representative from a home raising company will meet us at a residence to describe the process. {30-minute walk around tour}
  • Former Dangerous Buildings: We will view numerous properties that were in violation of various City Ordinances including dangerous building ordinance violations. The properties were corrected of the deficiencies through our Code Enforcement Process. The dangerous building homes that we will drive by are located on Alberta, Palm and Walker streets.

CLICK HERE for the driving map link

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

Land Use Tour A
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

First come, first served. Space is limited

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Tour A will take you through some of the close-in neighborhoods where Houston is seeing redevelopment and economic growth, vibrant private-public partnerships and
Depart from the Hilton Hotel. We know you’re staying at the edge of Discovery Green, but this starts with a quick tour around the area as we start to head out from downtown.

TOUR GUIDES: Bill Baldwin, Houston Planning Commission & Margaret Wallace-Brown, Planning and Development Department

  • Discovery Green – surface parking lots into a 11.78-acre downtown urban park
  • Example of: Discovery Green exemplifies a successful public-private partnership between the City of Houston, the Houston First Corporation and Discovery Green Conservancy, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates and maintains the park. The Conservancy produces hundreds of free events each year and receives no direct city funding. The City of Houston acquired a portion of the land in 2002. When the rest of the property went up for sale, a group of philanthropists led by Maconda Brown O’Connor of the Brown Foundation, and Nancy G. Kinder of the Kinder Foundation approached then-Mayor Bill White with their idea of turning the space into an urban park. The Mayor agreed and became a strong advocate of a public-private partnership. The City of Houston purchased the remainder of the land in 2004 and created the framework for the park’s construction and operations, including the role of the new organization, Discovery Green Conservancy, incorporated in 2004. When the Houston City Council approved the contracts to provide funding and support to the park, it also mandated that the “public at large” be engaged in the design and development of the park.
  • Union Station Redevelopment Minute Maid Park 
  • Example of: adaptive reuse of historic structure.
  • Heading into EADO. East Downtown Houston, the Art & Soul of the City! EaDo is a vibrant neighborhood rich with history, interesting sites, thriving businesses and entertainment and the best of downtown living. Encompasses Houston’s Chinatown and a vibrant, largely Hispanic community undergoing rapid change and redevelopment, and taking efforts to retain its identity. 
  • Example of: Metro Rail effect on nearby development of new housing; preservation of cultural identity, economic development actions from sports parks (soccer and baseball).
  • Back into Downtown, we’ll talk about the impact of Buffalo Bayou on the different neighborhoods, examining flooding issues at various points, including the Courthouse, University of Houston Downtown
  • Examples: retrofitting for flooding, housing initiatives, impact of rail, redevelopment of historic properties.
  • East River Development
  • City of Houston Permitting Center – The building has the Green Building Resource Center on the first floor. The building was constructed with energy conservation in mind. It has a raised floor system, water efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient light fixtures and A/C. 
  • Example of: Vacant commercial building that was converted to LEED building standards after purchase by City. The Green Building Resource Center is on the first floor. They have 50 displays of green building technology and materials. You can also take a tour of the roof to see the solar panels and wind turbines. 
  • Washington Corridor—A rapidly evolving mix of residences and businesses is present on this redeveloping corridor, which serves as a gateway into several historic districts and redeveloping neighborhoods. The mix of land uses in the area are some examples of the absence of land use districts. 
  • Art Car house Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd., Houston 77007
  • Beer Can house 222 Malone St., Houston 77007
  • Sawyer Yards – Is described as a creative campus spanning over 55 acres of industrial warehouses in First Ward. It has art studies, restaurants, breweries and galleries. 
  • Example of: Historic First Ward neighborhood.
  • Adaptive reuse of silos, warehouses.
  • They will be preparing for Third Saturday Art Walk.
  • Buffalo Bayou Park - Drainage ditch corridor transformation into 160-acre urban green space 
  • Example of: TIRZ dollars at work, public private partnerships; planning for use of open space as floodplain management tool.
  • Back to Discovery Green, which is preparing for Flea by Night, and Screen on the Green. Who needs softball?

 

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

Land Use Tour B
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

First come, first served. Space is limited 

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Tour B will take you to the sports stadiums and adjacent improvements where redevelopment and economic growth, vibrant private-public partnerships are the result.

Speakers: Andy Icken and potentially Bill Baldwin, a realtor and member of the Houston Planning Commission• Depart from the Hilton Hotel.
• Union Station Redevelopment Minute Maid Park (Baseball stadium – home of the Houston Astros)
• Regular season ends Sept 30th. If the Astros are not in the playoffs or World Series, we will tour the stadium.
• Example of: adaptive reuse of historic structure.
• Get out and enjoy the stadium.
• BBVA Compass Stadium (Soccer stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo).
• Example of: City of Houston land ownership, lease and 380 Agreement (economic development agreement)
• We’ll discuss, but not visit, the Houston Sports Park and Future Rugby Stadium
• Example of: Lease between the City and Houston Amateur Sports Park LGC, Inc. A second phase of construction is planned that will include a further 11 fields, restrooms, picnic facilities, trails, playground, and more parking.
• The City owns a tract of land comprised of 87.74 acres and subsequently acquired more land. By Resolution, the City authorized the creation of Houston Amateur Sports Park LGC, Inc. ("HASP LGC") to construct, manage and operate a regional recreational sports field and training facility on the land for public and community use. Pursuant to Ordinance No. 2010-0891, the City, as the landlord, and HASP LGC, as the tenant, entered a Lease, for developing said land into the Houston Amateur Sports Park (the "Sports Park"), an amateur sports park consisting of various sports fields and athletic facilities.
• Pursuant to the Sub-Ground Lease, as part of the development of the Rugby Facilities, the Strikers will construct, install or purchase certain public improvements, such as public parking lot, access roads, and water and sanitary sewer utilities (the "Reimbursable Public Improvements"). The City will reimburse the Strikers for the costs of the Reimbursable Public Improvements pursuant to the terms and conditions of a separate reimbursement agreement between the City and the Strikers.
• St. Arnold’s – Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery
• Discussion on economic development tools and gentrification issues on Near Northside and EADO.

 

 CLICK HEREto pick your tour.

The Woodlands Tour
(CLE available)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

First come, first served. Space is limited 

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2:00 PM - Depart on a bus FROM Hilton Americas Downtown Houston for field trip

2:05 PM - Nancy Fairfield, Senior Assistant General Counsel for The Woodlands Land Development Company, presents "From Timberland to Hometown; Development Covenants For Raw Land That Meet The Plan"

2:35 PM - Bret Strong, Founder and Managing Shareholder of The Strong Firm P.C., presents "Our Hometown at almost 50; Ongoing Enforcement Action to Maintain The Plan"

3:00 PM - Robert Heineman, Vice President of Planning & Design for The Howard Hughes Corporation, presents "The Woodlands - An In Person Tour Of Planned Development; Examples of Leading Edge Master Planning"

4:00 PM - Westin Hotel - The Woodlands - Happy Hour on The Woodlands Waterway

5:00 PM - Bus departs for return Houston

CLICK HERE for Tour Map

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

Sponsors

 

If interested in Sponsoring the 83rd Annual Conference, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Exhibitors

 

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 Adams and Reese LLP


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Hotel/Lodging

 

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
(713) 739-8000

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Americas- Houston, a first class facility, in Houston, Texas

In order to secure this block of specially priced sleeping rooms and to keep meeting costs to a minimum, IMLA has entered into a total meeting package and contract with the Hilton Americas-Houston. If you choose to make your sleeping room reservations outside the IMLA group block, such as through an Internet reservation system or with a discount coupon, we need to advise you that IMLA can suffer significant financial penalties. IMLA can be held financially responsible for the attrition or difference between what was promised in the group block and what was actually utilized.

To allow IMLA to continue to provide a reasonable conference registration fee, we need your help in limiting our financial exposure. Please take advantage of the special room rate and block of sleeping rooms we have negotiated and make your reservation.

CLICK HERE to book your room or call 713-739-8000 and use the code 1IM!

Volunteer Opportunity


Volunteer Opportunity
Rebuilding Together Houston’s Fall Volunteer Home Repair Program (VHRP)
Saturday Oct. 20th

October 20th is the first work day for Rebuilding Together Houston’s Fall Volunteer Home Repair Program (VHRP). There will be 50+ volunteer crews out repairing the homes of low-income homeowners. The crews will be making runs to the warehouse to pick-up more materials (wood, paint, etc.) and to drop off trash. The IMLA volunteers will serve in the warehouse. Warehouse volunteers will be pulling and helping to load orders and assisting the crew leaders with their needs. It sounds like a lot of work, but, it is really pretty fun. Below are specifics:

  • The organization is called Rebuilding Together Houston. More information about the organization is available at https://www.rebuildinghouston.org/work/. Here is a quick blurb from their website: For 36 years, Rebuilding Together Houston has leveraged resources and materials by enlisting community volunteers and licensed contractors to repair the homes of low-income elderly, U.S. military veterans and homeowners with disabilities. Our work has allowed Houstonians to stay in their homes as long as possible by mitigating health and safety hazards and improving the home's overall stability.
  • They are looking for 4 volunteers per shift. 
  • Families can also participate. Any child under 15/16 needs to have a parent with them. But, they have had kids as young as 13/14 volunteer with their parents. 
  • There are 4 slots in each shift - 8:00 - 11:00, 11:00 - 1:00, 1:00 - 4:00, 3:30 - 6:00.

CLICK HERE to volunteer

Conference App

IMLA Conference App

THE MOBILE APP IS THE METHOD OF DELIVERY FOR ALL SPEAKER MATERIALS

IMLA will be using a mobile app at the 2018 Annual Conference! IMLA Conference attendees will have the program, speakers, papers, exhibitors, sponsors, maps, attendee list and much much more directly on their iPhone, Android, iPad and/or tablet (must have Google Play Store or App Store to download the App)


THE APP CAN ONLY BE DOWNLOADED ON YOUR PHONE, IPAD or TABLET THAT HAVE THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE OR APP STORE


IMLA App on Your Phone/iPad ONLY

DOWNLOAD APP ON MOBILE DEVICE
CLICK HERE for a tutorial on how to download and log into IMLA's mobile app on a MOBILE device (i.e- iPhone, android, tablet or iPad)

ALREADY HAVE THE APP?
Already have the mobile app? Follow the tutorial above and just click the “Verify account” button in the email from CrowdCompass. If you think because you already have the app, you are set to go, then think again! CLICK HERE to see why.


IMLA App Information on Your Computer/Laptop/Tablet

(DOES NOT HAVE GOOGLE PLAY STORE OR APP STORE)

The IMLA App information can be viewed on a laptop, computer, or tablet using a web browser. 

VIEW APP ON COMPUTER
CLICK HERE for a tutorial on how to view the app on your COMPUTER through a web browser.

Teleconference

Can't travel to Washington, DC to make IMLA's Annual Conference from October 17 - October 21?
Well now you can participate, as IMLA is bringing the Conference to you!

Sign up coming soon!
Here's how it works: IMLA's Annual Conference is from October 17 - Octber21, 2018. Throughout the conference, IMLA will be connecting selected work sessions to a phone line, and you can listen to the presentations as they are happening! You can purchase the sessions individually or you can purchase the sessions as a bundle.


How Much will these cost? You can purchase each work session separately, or you can purchase each day as a bundle. 

Cost per Work Session - Members Price: $49 and Nonmembers: $99
Cost for all 10 Work Sessions – Member Price: $350 and Nonmembers: $675

Cost for All Selected Work Sessions per day:

- Thursday, October 18, 2018 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $79 and Nonmember: $149
- Friday, October 19, 2018 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199. 
- Saturday, October 20, 2018 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $79 and Nonmember: $149.
- Sunday, October 21, 2018 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199. 

…and it gets better! If you purchased the IMLA Kitchen Sink Webinar/Teleconference Package (which allows you access to all IMLA Teleconferences and Webinars), you will receive all the selected work sessions FREE OF CHARGE!