Municipal leaders converge on the capital city

Municipal leaders converge on the capital city

Arkansas Municipal League’s 84th Convention underway in Little Rock

Municipal League The Arkansas Municipal League will hold its 84th Convention, June 13-15 at the Statehouse Convention Center and Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. Municipal officials from across the state will elect new officers, update the League’s policies and goals, and discuss local and national issues affecting municipalities.

• Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse, League president, and North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, first vice president, will preside during the Convention.

• Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will address the Convention during the 8:45 a.m. Opening General Session on Thursday, June 14.

• Key topics covered during the Convention will include Arkansas’s opioid epidemic, the future of work in Arkansas municipalities, legislative updates, and legal issues affecting municipalities.

The Convention will include 18 concurrent workshops covering subjects of municipal interest, including land use challenges, crime prevention, economic development, cybersecurity, creating a more inclusive community, avoiding audit violations, and more.

The Convention will also include three hours of the League’s Voluntary Certified Continuing Education Program for municipal officials.

More than 1,200 mayors, council members, and other city and town leaders, as well as some legislators are expected to attend the 84th Convention.

The Convention concludes with an awards luncheon at noon on Friday honoring individuals for their service to municipalities during the year. The luncheon also serves to introduce the new League president and officers for the year 2018-2019. The Arkansas Municipal League is a service and advocacy organization for the municipalities of Arkansas. The League offers its programs and services to all 500 cities and towns in the state and was created in 1934 to assist cities with information and representation in the public affairs of our state and nation. To find out more, please visit

From Whitnee Bullerwell