Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC President Will Outline Legislative Action Agenda at Congressional Conference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC President Will Outline Legislative Action Agenda at Congressional Conference

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Newark Mayor and NLC President Sharpe James is preparing to address delegates at the Opening General Session of the 1994 Congressional City Conference in Washington on Sunday, when he will articulate the organization's top priorities for the year.

James is expected to provide a breakdown of priority issues which make up NLC's 1994 Action Agenda, and focus members on the imperative need for cities to rally around these issues to help produce results for local communities.

The NLC Action Agenda will serve as a focal point for NLC leadership and staff throughout 1994. James' speech will set the direction for this annual legislative and policy conference as delegates explore the critical issues through plenary sessions, workshops and policy committee meetings. A town meeting on federal mandates and meetings with members of Congress will wrap up the conference.

"From health care to information highways to unfunded federal mandates, the Clinton administration and Congress will be making decisions that will effect every city and every town," said Mayor James.

"These decisions will affect local taxes, local access to international marketplaces and local services. As these decisions are made, local leaders will be challenged more than ever before to come together to influence the direction of these decisions to ensure they reflect municipal priorities and needs," James continued.

The Action Agenda helps provide that direction and serves as a working guide for focusing advocacy efforts. It encourages partnerships with groups with shared interests and ensures that NLC speaks with one voice on issues that are important to cities and towns. …

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