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

Registration is now open!

View Agenda (updated 7/20/21)


Delegate Registration Form

If it's your municipality's first TML Conference (under 2,000 population),

please contact Sylvia Harris for a special offer:

sharris@tml1.org or (615) 425-3903


Spouse/Guest Registration Form


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. 

Access to TML's hotel block with the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown is only made available when a registration form is submitted with payment.  Whether registering as an individual or registering multiple officials in a single form, you will have the ability to book your own rooms after completing registration for the conference. The URL to TML's Group Block will appear in the confirmation message after the form is submitted.

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. 


TML is planning a full, in-person conference and expo for this fall.  Expect great keynote speakers, valuable workshops with available continuing education credits, an exhibit hall with reputable companies ready to meet your needs, fun receptions to network and have a good time, and our annual awards presentations.  

When registration opens we will post a link to the registration forms on this page and email a notice to all the municipal officials in our database.

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.