Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Small Cities Maintain Quality Conference Program

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Small Cities Maintain Quality Conference Program

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Some 2,000 of the nearly 5,000 delegates to this year's San Antonio Congress of Cities hailed from small cities and towns. Of course, with members of the Small Cities Council passing out their bright yellow "Small Cities Count BIG at NLC" stickers at every possible turn, one couldn't help but feel their presence - and enthusiasm.

Continuing a push to ensure quality conference programming for this core group, the Small Cities Council, led by Chair Frank Clinton, Mayor of Paris, Ill., sponsored a track of events entitled "Small Cities ... Celebrating the Comeback." The first day kicked off with a return of the popular small city round-tables (see related story) launched at last year's Phoenix conference, and was capped off by a networking reception that drew hundreds of small city delegates together for an evening of fellowship and holiday festivity.

Other events for small cities included two "mobile" workshops that made visits to the cities of San Marcos and Boerne, Texas, where participants enjoyed "living" examples of tourism and main street revitalization programs. Four panel discussions addressed issues related to citizen involvement in local government, economic development, the challenges of nurturing youth, and small city innovation and entrepreneurial ventures. All sessions were well attended, with several packed to capacity and overflowing.

The council also conducted regular business during the conference. The Small Cities Council Steering Committee spent time with NLC President Greg Lashutka and First Vice President Mark Schwartz reviewing accomplishments during the past year and looking ahead to future challenges for small cities. …

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