The annual DMO Summer Retreat is an opportunity for the business, labor, and policy groups who work with cities to connect with the most engaged and influential community leaders from across the US. The Retreat features group discussion and one on one sessions between local elected officials and our Advisory Board partners, along with evening events that allow everyone to make lasting connections.

We are back in person and in Philadelphia, and can’t wait to see you in the city of brotherly love and sisterly effectiveness.

Agenda

TUESDAY
2022-09-13
Sterling Apartments, 1815 JFK BLVD
Continental Midtown, 1801 Chestnut St
WEDNESDAY
2022-09-14
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch St
Comcast HQ, 1701 JFK BLVD
THURSDAY
2022-09-15
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
Liquid Art Barrel House, 990 Spring Garden Street
City Hall, 1400 JFK BLVD
FRIDAY
2022-09-16
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
SATURDAY
2022-09-18
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
Sterling Apartments, 1815 JFK BLVD
Continental Midtown, 1801 Chestnut St
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch St
Comcast HQ, 1701 JFK BLVD
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
Liquid Art Barrel House, 990 Spring Garden Street
City Hall, 1400 JFK BLVD
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
Sonesta, 1800 Market St
15:00 - 18:30
Hotel Check-In and Champagne Welcome (All)
18:30 - 20:30
Opening Dinner Reception at the Sterling Apartments (All)
20:30 - 22:00
Late Night Reception at Continental Midtown (All)
08:30 - 09:00
Coffee and Morning Briefing (DMO Board)
09:00 - 09:30
Breakfast and Opening Remarks (All)
09:30 - 10:15
Opening General Session – The State of Our Host City (All)
10:15 - 16:00
All Day Alumni Strategic Planning (Alumni)
10:30 - 11:15
Breakout Session 1 (DMOs, Advisory Board, Sponsors)
11:30 - 12:15
Breakout Session 2 (DMOs, Advisory Board, Sponsors)
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch and Partner Lightning Round (All)
14:15 - 15:15
Breakout Session 3 (DMOs, Advisory Board, Sponsors)
15:15 - 16:00
Breakout Session Reports (DMOs, Advisory Board, Sponsors)
17:30 - 18:15
Universal Sphere Experience (All)
17:45 - 19:00
Reception (All)
18:25 - 19:00
Group Photos (All)
19:00 - 20:30
Dinner at Comcast Technology Center (All)
08:30 - 10:15
Breakfast & Panel on Gun Violence Solutions for Our Cities (All)
10:30 - 12:00
Closed Session – DMO Board and Labor Council Strategic Planning (Board and Labor Council)
10:30 - 12:00
B2B Speed Networking (DMOs, Alumni, Business Council, Policy Council)
12:15 - 14:00
Lunch & White House Talent Pipeline Challenge (All)
14:00 - 15:00
Break and Press Availability (DMO Exclusive)
15:00 - 17:00
Closed Session – DMO Board & Political Council Strategic Planning (Board and Political Council)
15:00 - 17:00
Strong Cities Alliance Briefing on State Preemption and Local Control (Advisory Board, Sponsors, DMOs, Alumni)
17:30 - 19:00
City Hall Reception (DMO Exclusive)
19:00 - 21:00
Reception at Liquid Art Barrel House (All)
09:00 - 04:00
Board Strategic Planning at the Sonesta Hotel (DMOs and Alumni)
17:00 - 21:00
Evening Tour of Philadelphia and Progressive Taste of Philly Dinner (DMOs and Alumni)
09:00 - 10:15
DMO & Strong Cities Alliance Joint Meeting (DMOs and Alumni)
10:15 - 11:00
Separate Board Meetings for DMO & Strong Cities Alliance to Ratify Plans (DMOs and Alumni)
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President Derek Green (Council Member, Philadelphia, PA)
President Emeritus Scott Benson (Council Member, Detroit, MI)
Vice-President Angela Rogensues (Council Member, Warren, MI)
Finance Chair & DNC Representative Ron Galperin (Controller, Los Angeles, CA)
Secretary Pat Furey (Mayor, Torrance, CA)
Treasurer Van Johnson II (Mayor, Savannah GA)

BOARD MEMBERS

Bob Blumenfield (Council Member, Los Angeles, CA)
Anita Bonds (Council Member, Washington, DC)
Gary Hansen (Council Member, Eagan, MN)
Junie Joseph (Mayor Pro-tem, Boulder, CO)
Bryan Kennedy (Mayor, Glendale, WI)
Denise Mitchell (Council Member, College Park, MD)
Christopher Roberts (Council Member, Shoreline, WA)
Jeffrey Slavin (Mayor, Somerset, MD)
Gil Villegas (Alderman, Chicago, IL)

PAST PRESIDENTS

Mike Suarez (Former Council Chairman,Tampa, FL)
Joe Buscaino (Council Member, Los Angeles, CA)
Cindy Lerner (Former Mayor, Pinecrest, FL)
Joe Moore (Former Alderman, Chicago, IL)
Myron Lowery (City Clerk, Memphis, TN)