Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Gears Up for National Discussion on American Dream

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Gears Up for National Discussion on American Dream

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A bipartisan panel of city leaders will join NLC President Charles Lyons on September 28 for a national roundtable discussion in conjunction with the National League of Cities American Dream Campaign.

Former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno will moderate the panel. Sesno is currently a professor of public policy and communication at George Mason University.

The eight-member panel will discuss key priorities for cities and towns in forging a stronger federal-local partnership to ensure access to the American dream--drawing in part on the results of a new public opinion poll that will be released just before the national event.

Joining Lyons for the panel discussion in Washington, D.C., will be NLC First Vice President Anthony A. Williams, mayor of Washington: NLC Past Presidents Karen Anderson, mayor of Minnetonka, Minn., and Brian O'Neill, councilman from Philadelphia; Mayor Don Plusquellic of Akron, Ohio, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Commissioner Rhonda Calhoun of Coral Springs, Fla.; Vice Mayor Pat Dando of San Jose, Calif.; and Council President Alex Padilla of Los Angeles.

Lyons reiterated his call for broad local support for the campaign to draw attention to issues that matter in America's cities and towns.

"This campaign and these issues are about working together on the basics that will create bright futures for all Americans--financial security, an affordable home and a solid education that leads to a good job," Lyons said. "We're committed to working in our hometowns and with the White House and Congress in the coming year to carry out a bipartisan agenda that builds on the successes of the past and the opportunities for the future. …

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