Recap: 81st Annual Conference and Expo


If we missed you in Chattanooga, mark your calendars for Gatlinburg! 

August 13-16, 2022


Keynote Speaker Matt Lehrman

Must Disagreement Be Disagreeable? 

Matt Lehrman shares 6 pragmatic points that are both inspiring and wholly actionable for leading your cities and towns from conflict to conversation.  Lehrman animates the principle that where people work together courageously, their potential is unlimited.

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 conflict to conversation.  


Let's Talk! From Conflict to Conversation

A Workshop with Matt Lehrman

How are you moving your community From Conflict to Conversation? What challenges are you facing and what do you specifically hope to achieve? Keynote presenter Matt Lehrman facilitates a candid and helpful follow-up discussion that invites attendees to seek practical insight and advice from a diverse panel of Tennessee municipal 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.

Moderator: Matt Lehrman

• Paige Brown, Gallatin Mayor
• Julian McTizic, Bolivar Mayor
• Kim Foster, Paris City Manager
• David Smoak, Farragut Town Administrator


American Rescue Plan Act Funding (recorded 9/20/21)

This workshop at TML's 81st Annual Conference in Chattanooga takes a deeper dive into the American Rescue Plan Act, including what type of investments are considered eligible projects as it relates to improved infrastructure for broadband, water and wastewater projects. The state has also launched an education, training and support program for local governments. This workshop will cover what type of training is being offered through the Local Government Technical Assistance Program, including record-keeping, reporting, and compliance with federal guidelines. 


In Memoriam

City officials all know firsthand what a particularly trying time the past 18 months have been. All have been affected by this never-before global pandemic. Many municipal staff members have been on the frontlines working to keep our citizens safe. And city officials know far too well -- this pandemic has no boundaries. Sadly, Tennessee's cities and towns have endured heartbreaking losses in our communities -- and even closer to home – in our city halls.

TML presented the video below during the Opening General Session of our Annual Conference to recognize some of those municipal officials and employees who have passed away in the last two years and not just the ones that we lost to COVID-19.