Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

From 1301 Penn: A Quarterly Report on the National League of Cities' Recent Accomplishments

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

From 1301 Penn: A Quarterly Report on the National League of Cities' Recent Accomplishments

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We protected the rights and resources of municipalities by ...

* Convening our NLC Officers and Board of Directors to determine and discuss our 2008 federal legislative priorities and our national election and transition team strategies to elevate city issues in the national policy discussions and bringing together the leaders of our standing committees and constituency groups to learn about these priorities and initiatives.

* Engaging in direct lobbying with members of Congress and the White House on NLC's legislative priorities and other important issues, including collective bargaining, Workforce Investment Act reauthorization, transportation reauthorization, water infrastructure and environmental issues.

* Meeting with representatives from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office to discuss budget priorities for cities and towns and developing an analysis of the President's FY 2009 budget proposal.

* Having Councilmember Matt Zone, Cleveland testify on regulatory challenges associated with brownfields redevelopment at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

* Developing and launching NLC's election 2008 project, American Cities '08 --www.american_cities08.org.

* Supporting the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Board of Directors in meetings with Congressional leaders, including House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

* Working with the Florida League of Cities' staff to brief state league members on NLC's legislative priorities and to organize opportunities for state league members to lobby Florida's Congressional delegation on those priorities.

We helped municipal officials share great ideas by ...

* Organizing the annual Congressional City Conference for more than 3,000 attendees, including 120 youth delegates, and providing opportunities to learn about NLC's legislative priorities; hear from Congressional, Administration and other officials about current issues; attend workshops; participate in Leadership Training Institute seminars, standing committee and constituency group programs; and make visits to Capitol Hill.

* Offering a regional Leadership Training Institute program on Leading Innovation and Change in Local Government for 97 city officials.

* Hosting a Leadership Academy on helping families achieve financial stability for local officials from 31 cities and convening a meeting of the Education Policy Advisors Network. …

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