Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Leaders to Set Agenda for 2006

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Leaders to Set Agenda for 2006

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NLC President James Hunt, councilmember, Clarksburg, W.Va., will convene the NLC Officers, the newly appointed chairs of the standing committees and the leaders of the constituency groups this week in Key West, Fla., to develop the 2006 leadership agenda.

Hunt has established these outcomes for the two-day leadership meeting:

* Confirm the overall leadership focus for the year including both federal priorities and "close to home" issues and directions.

* Confirm the 2006 federal advocacy agenda and overall strategy for carrying out that agenda.

* Identify a few issues and opportunities that will galvanize the NLC membership during the coming year.

* Clarify roles, responsibilities and expectations of chairs/presidents of all committees, councils, panels and constituency groups, both as leaders of individual groups and as a collective leadership group.

In his speech last month at the Congress of Cities, Hunt outlined a three-part action plan for the year focusing on federal advocacy, inclusive communities and elevating the stature of local government. He has placed particular emphasis on "inclusiveness" as an overall theme for his leadership year--inclusive communities, an inclusive organization and an inclusive agenda.

Involving the leaders of all standing committees, council, panels and constituency groups in this planning meeting, Hunt says, is one way to demonstrate that NLC is an inclusive organization with an inclusive agenda.

The group will focus on Hunt's December call to join him in a national effort to build inclusive communities--places where "all children laugh and play ... where poor is not a person but a condition that is fixed by a job ... where the quality of an education is not a result of your zip code or skin color ... a place that never stops working toward inclusion. …

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