Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Policy Committees Identify Top Issues for 2008

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Policy Committees Identify Top Issues for 2008

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NLC's seven policy and advocacy committees began to tackle an impressive list of priority issues as they kicked off the 2008 annual policy process.

The full committees met at the beginning of the Congressional City Conference to identify leading issue areas, and their respective steering committees met at the close of the conference to finalize work plans for the year.

The committees are tasked with recommending policy language and resolutions on federal issues of concern to cities. Increasingly, the policy committees are also looking at issues from a "close-to-home" perspective, in order to develop solutions to local challenges where local governments are taking the lead.

The steering committees will next meet in the spring and fall to formulate recommendations, which will then be considered by the full policy and advocacy committees when they next meet at the Congress of Cities in Orlando in November.

Final recommendations will be voted on by the NLC membership.

As always, there will be an open solicitation in late-summer for state municipal leagues and member cities to suggest any federal policy amendments or resolutions.

The following list consists of the top issues under development by each of the policy committees this year. The list is not exhaustive, but highlights the leading issues which will be targeted from either a policy or advocacy perspective.

Community and Economic Development

Chair: Alderman Joe Davis, Milwaukee

* Revitalization of aging commercial properties and industries

* Home mortgage financing and foreclosures

* Small business development in a global market

* Local investments in a competitive workforce

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

Chair: Councilmember Sandy Colvin Roy, Minneapolis

* Sustainability initiatives

* Climate change mitigation and adaptation

* Water supply planning

* Mountain pine beetle and similar outbreaks

Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations

Chair: Councilmember Randall Purvis, Colorado Springs, Colo. …

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