81st Annual Conference and Expo



Mark your calendars for TML's 81st Annual Conference and Expo in Chattanooga, TN 

Saturday, September 18, through TUESday, September 21, at the Chattanooga Convention Center


New added information on conference workshop sessions!

Conference Agenda

TML’s Annual Conferences have traditionally featured a strong educational component. A total of 18 concurrent sessions covering a broad range of topics important to cities and towns will be offered as part of our conference lineup.

Many workshops qualify for CMFO and Utility Board Training continuing education hours.


UT MTAS Elected Officials Academy at the TML Conference (Sept 17-18)


2nd Annual Scholarship Golf Outing


The delegate registration form above allows for all the attending officials from a single municipality to be registered in a single form.  Every sixth (6th) delegate registered in a single form is free!  Plan for one individual from your municipality to be the point person who submits a single form and is the municipal contact for conference-related communications. 

TML's hotel block with the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown is sold out.  Whether registering as an individual or registering multiple officials in a single form, you will be responsible for booking your own rooms after completing registration for the conference. Use this list to book at one of the other nearby hotels.  

The Spouse/Guest form above is intended to be used by individual delegates to register and pay for their spouse or guest(s) personally.  It is not intended for multiple spouses/guests to be registered by the municipality.  Spouses/Guests may register to attend the Annual Conference for $150, which includes: Meet & Greet reception on Saturday evening, lunches on Sunday and Monday, and attendance at the awards breakfast on Tuesday.   Spouses/Guests may register for free and attend the evening receptions: Sunday's Host City Reception and Monday's social event sponsored by Public Entity Partners.  Register your spouse/guest so that a badge can be provided. 



Keynote Speaker Matt Lehrman to Provide Pragmatic tips for Positive Civic Engagement
Matt Lehrman

The opening general session on Sunday, Sept. 19, will feature a keynote speech on conflict resolution and consensus building. 

Entitled “Must Disagreement be Disagreeable,” Matt Lehrman will share 12 pragmatic points that are both inspiring and wholly actionable for leading your cities and towns from conflict to conversation.

Amidst unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, there’s never been a more necessary time for community leaders to learn how to tackle complex and sensitive issues in ways that make people feel heard, respected, and empowered. Civic leaders possess the unique capacity and responsibility to lead their cities and towns from confilct to conversation. 

Lehrman animates the principle that where people work together courageously, their potential is unlimited.

“The purpose of government is to enable individuals to join together in recognizing and solving community problems,” explained Lehrman. “As leaders, we possess the reasonability to inspire trust by raising the quality of civic engagement. We must neither avoid nor fear disagreement – but rather learn how to conduct it via processes that leave people feeling heard, respected, and satisfied.”

Lehrman is co-founder of Social Prosperity Partners, and Arizona-based firm that works nationally to help leaders and people in their communities achieve consensus around important decisions.

Following his keynote address on Sunday, he will also facilitate a candid and helpful follow-up discussion on Monday morning, Sept. 20, that invites attendees to seek practical insight and advice from a diverse panel of Tennessee community leaders. Come prepared to “wear your heart on your sleeve” about how to engage more people and gather agreement around whatever you hope to accomplish in your community.