Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

2006 Congressional City Conference Allows More Time to Advocate for Cities in Washington, D.C

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

2006 Congressional City Conference Allows More Time to Advocate for Cities in Washington, D.C

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Based on requests by many members of the National League of Cities, the schedule of the 2006 Congressional City Conference will be different from past conferences to allow more time for city leaders to meet with their Congressional delegations.

In the past, the conference has started on Saturdays and ended on Tuesdays. However, since Leadership Training Institute (LTI) seminars--which provide skill development opportunities for conferees working on federal advocacy issues--were held on Friday and on the first day of the conference, city officials had little time to meet with Congress.

The 2006 Congressional City Conference, held in Washington, D.C., will start on Sunday, March 12, and end on Wednesday, March 15, providing conferees with two full days when members of Congress will be in the city to connect with city officials in general sessions and in meetings on Capital Hill. LTI seminars will be held Saturday, Match 11, and Sunday, March 12.

"The Congressional City Conference is a time for NLC members to do more than just learn about the issues," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. "It's also a time to voice your opinions to Congress and develop relationships with its members. Taking this into consideration, NLC decided to give conference attendees more opportunities to do so."

To kick off the conference on Sunday, city officials will gather at the Hilton Washington and Towers for leadership meetings, policy discussions and legislative briefings, giving conferees the opportunity to learn about current federal issues and priorities for U. …

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