Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Fall Futures Forum Explores Knowledge Strategy

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Fall Futures Forum Explores Knowledge Strategy

Article excerpt

NLC Second Vice President Anthony A. Williams, mayor of Washington, D.C., recently hosted the Fall Futures Forum to help him further develop the 2004 Futures topic.

"Cities need ideas and methods for local problem solving," Williams told forum participants. "Citizens want more engagement and connection with local government."

Williams went on to discuss possible ways to connect citizens and city officials during the meeting, held at the NLC offices in Washington, D.C.

"NLC is one of the best resources of information to engage cities and citizens," he stated as he discussed the need for NLC to take new steps in information access and availability.

Williams' theme, tentatively titled, "A Knowledge Strategy for NLC," calls attention to the growing need for knowledge and information to be shared across all lines.

"The nation's cities and towns are between rocks and hard places," Williams said. "NLC can help provide the information and knowledge city leaders and citizens need to meet the challenges of the 21st Century."

The interactive session gave Williams an opportunity to share his thoughts on how to address the issues and provided him with additional ideas.

He will present this topic to the NLC Advisory Council during its meeting in Nashville, Tenn., at the Congress of Cities.

The forum included representatives from the NLC Advisory Council, expert and experienced individuals from throughout the private sector and NLC staff members.

The group identified a broad range of ideas defining how technology can play a role in a broad knowledge strategy. Participants suggested that information is not enough; rather, interactivity is key in enhancing municipal officials' abilities to help their communities and each other.

They agreed that any initiatives should promote and strengthen the importance, relevance, and vitality of cities and local government and should build the constituency for NLC advocacy. …

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