National City Network's First Chat to Focus on First Suburbs

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National City Network will hold its first-ever Web chat on "One-Fifth of America: A Discussion About America's First Suburbs," a soon-to-be-released report from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, February 16 at 2 p.m. EST.

National City Network, a recently launched service of National League of Cities, is proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. Partners such as Brookings and similar institutions like the Urban Institute and Public Policy Institute of California help National City Network provide its users with in-depth analysis of policy issues impacting cities.

A Web chat offers a way for policy experts to interact in real-time with interested parties from around the world. Participants can join the chat using any Internet connection. The chat host can deliver a presentation, including graphics and audio, while those in the audience can listen and submit questions via their Internet connection.

Web chats will be an increasingly important component of National City Network's efforts to provide the latest information to America's cities.

"NLC has worked closely with the Brookings Metro Program in the past, and this is an exciting opportunity for visitors to National City Network to use and experience new technology," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. "The chat will also allow visitors to hear directly from a prominent Brookings scholar on a timely topic."

This event will be hosted by the Brookings report's lead author, Robert Puentes.

For America's older, inner-ring "first suburbs," the old demarcation lines between urban and suburban is long gone--and the challenges they face require creative new solutions.

The report, to be released one day before the Web chat, on February 15, will examine these places' special needs and explore some of the key policy changes needed to meet them effectively. …