Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Salazar to Speak at Congressional City Conference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Salazar to Speak at Congressional City Conference

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Senator Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) has joined the lineup as a general session speaker for the upcoming Congressional City Conference. Salazar was elected to the Senate in November 2004 after serving six years as Colorado attorney general. Since joining the Senate, he has played a leading role in pursuing bipartisan approaches to solving problems important to Americans.

Salazar will be a keynote speaker on Tuesday morning, March 14.

Other general session speakers include former Republican Congressman John Kasich, who will provide a perspective on Washington politics during the opening general session on Monday, March 13.

On March 14, Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), former mayor of Cleveland and former NLC president, will provide a perspective on the intergovernmental partnership and how city officials can effectively influence Congress on local priorities, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will discuss his plans for ensuring a strong federal-local partnership for homeland security.

Former White House advisor David Gergen will provide advice to the delegates at the closing general session on March 14 as they prepare to visit Capitol Hill on City Lobby Day.

The Congressional City Conference is also an opportunity for NLC members to get prepared to take local governments' message to Congress.

With City Lobby Day on Wednesday, March 15, capping off the conference, NLC wants to ensure that local elected officials are armed with the tools needed to make the voice of cities heard on Capitol Hill. Making clear connections between federal priority issues and their impact at the local level is an important part of carrying a message to Congress.

NLC staff will be offering training sessions, as well as resources and tools, throughout the conference on how to structure meetings and deliver clear, concise messages to Congress on NLC federal priority issues and their local impact. …

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