• Mark your calendar for the sixth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

  • The sixth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference Thursday evening cocktail reception is presented by Dominion and Westfield Group.

  • The sixth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association.

Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Congressman Dave Joyce, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association. The conference will include:

  • Legislative forum for business attendees
  • Opening night reception
  • Breakfast with members of the Ohio Congressional delegation
  • Presentations on how local governments can leverage federal resources in their communities


Registration for the Empowering Local Leadership Conference includes 2 registrations for the event. All conference attendees are responsible for their travel and accommodations. If you have any questions please contact events@gcpartnership.com or 216-592-2390


Schedule subject to change. The Thursday evening Cocktail Reception as well as the Friday conference program are typically for adults only. 

Thursday, June 7

     1:00 – 3:00 pm
  Business Session
    Featured Speakers will be announced soon
5:30 – 7:00 pm   Welcome Reception

Friday, June 8

8:30 am – 9:00 am   Ohio Delegation Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 am   Remarks from Members of Ohio Delegation
10:00 – 12:00 pm   Keynote and Conference Sessions
    Featured Speakers will be announced soon
12:00 pm   Conference Concludes


Special Guest Bios

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge - 11th District of Ohio

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge has represented the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since 2008. She is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.
Congresswoman Fudge serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. She is also a member of several Congressional Caucuses and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2014, she became an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education.
Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.


Congressman Dave Joyce - 14th District of Ohio

Congressman Dave Joyce was first elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio in 2012. Dave serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, where he makes it a priority to reduce the scope and size of government and protect American tax dollars.
In 2013, Dave voted to put Washington on a budget for the first time in five years. He introduced the SAVE Act, which would cut $200 billion in government waste and duplicative programs, and continues to lead bipartisan efforts to protect the Great Lakes.
Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting and law degree from The University of Dayton. He previously served as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney, where he built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and Geauga County taxpayers. Dave made it a priority to provide the highest quality legal work in the most cost-efficient manner possible.


Congressman Jim Renacci - 16th District of Ohio

Congressman Jim Renacci was elected in 2010 and is serving his third term representing the 16th district of Ohio. Currently he serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee.
Jim grew up in a working class, union family and was the first in his family to graduate from college. In 1980 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Jim became a Certified Public Accountant. Throughout his 30-year business career, he owned and operated over 60 entities, created more than 1,500 jobs and employed over 3,000 people.
In addition to his work as a private sector business owner, Jim has also dedicated much of his life to public service. In 2004, Jim was elected Mayor of Wadsworth after serving two terms as City Council President. For Jim, serving in Congress is an opportunity to give back to his country and his community, while seeking to advance the common sense conservative principles to restore strength to our economy and accountability to our government.


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur - 9th District of Ohio

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is currently serving her seventeenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history. 

A native Toledoan, lives in the same modest house where she grew up. She is a Polish-American with humble, working class roots. Her family operated a small grocery store and her mother later served on the original organizing committee of a trade union at the Champion Spark Plug factory in Toledo.

Dedicated to the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own backyard," Congresswoman Kaptur has consistently returned money to the federal Treasury. She refuses to accept Congressional pay raises and donates them to offset the federal deficit and charitable causes in her home community.

FAQ & Travel

All attendees of the Empowering Local Leadership Conference are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Elected officials may bring a spouse or one guest.

The Thursday evening Cocktail Reception as well as the Friday conference program is typically for adults only. Related fees are for Thursday evening reception. Conference sessions are free of charge.


Suggested attire for the Conference is business casual.


All attendees will need to go through a security screening in order to enter the Capitol

Guests will not be permitted to bring liquid (including bottled water) or large bags (including luggage) into the Capitol Building. Click here for a full list of prohibited items and tips for visiting the Capitol Visitor Center.


We suggest you select a hotel on Capitol Hill, although you can catch a cab or take the Metro from hotels in downtown Washington, DC, or in Northern Virginia (i.e., Crystal City, Pentagon City, Old Town Alexandria).  Reagan National (DCA) is the closest airport to Capitol Hill.  The airports at Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore (BWI) are about an hour from the city. 


Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association 


Contact Us

For event information or questions on registration, contact:
Reagan Leatherman
Events Manager
(216) 592-2376