Navigating State Pre-Emption & Local Gov't Control: Continuing the BIG Ideas 2017 Conversation

January 24, 2018
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm ET


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From the BIG Ideas 2017 to virtual session, local gov't innovators to continue to share their unique perspective, navigating between state and local political dichotomies.

BIG Ideas 2017

Do you ever feel like you’re swimming upstream when working with local policy makers to effect change in your community, and then experience challenges moving forward due to the structural confines of state and federal regulations?

In October 2017, leaders from around the country came together at the Alliance’s “BIG Ideas” conference to discuss the push/pull relationship between local government control (known as the “home rule”) and state preemptive action (known as “Dillon’s rule). The event conference focused on educating local government leaders on this issue, sharing research and a framework for deciding how to navigate these different environments, and delving into the leadership, socio-economic, and political ramifications that influence actions.

On January 24, join David Swindell, Arizona State University Associate Professor and Director for the Center for Urban Innovation, Jackson Tuttle, former City Manager for the City of Williamsburg, VA, Daniel Ortiz, City Manager for the City of Webster City, Michael Sable, Director of Facilities Services for the County of Hennepin, MN, and David Finley, Project Manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC to learn more about the research and framework that your community can put into practice today.  Hear county, rural,  and urban community perspectives on the various issues discussed such as their key “aha” moments, and what they are doing to continue the conversation in their organization and communities.

This one hour webinar will include a facilitated discussion by Jackson Tuttle, integrating questions from the audience.

Suggested Reading:

  • BIG Ideas 2017 report - coming soon!  

Have questions? Contact Ryan Spillers, Program Coordinator at or pocket it for now until the Q&A during the live session!

Event Details


  • January 24, 2018
  • 01:00 pm 02:00 pm ET
  • Registration Deadline: 01/24/2018


  • Virtual


  • Member Price:$49.00
  • Non-Member:$99.00



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