Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC President Guides Policy Leaders in '97 Planning

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC President Guides Policy Leaders in '97 Planning

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NLC President Mark Schwartz convened his 1997 NLC policy leadership team in Alexandria, Va. and committee chairs compared notes on possible policy topics for the year and shared experiences on facilitating policy development through their committee meetings.

During the meeting, the policy committee chairs explored potential topics the committees may explore during the 1997 policy development year: electric utility deregulation, public safety technology, historic preservation, air quality, health care, rail safety issues, and low income housing tax credits. The final selection of topics will occur at the Policy Committee meetings during the Congressional City Conference, March 8-11 in Washington, D.C.

First Vice President Brian O'Neill addressed the strategic planning process and noted that the policy committees would be contacted to provide input into this process. Second Vice President Clarence Anthony discussed the importance of the annual legislative agenda--the Action Agenda and underscored how NLC's advocacy efforts stem from the policy development work of the membership. "The National Municipal Policy is the foundation which ensures the respect of not just our membership, but also Washington officials, that we will take on any issue--no matter how tough the choices--develop consensus, and then speak with one voice."

The policy team discussed how their efforts--through their individual committees and collectively--should result in policy being developed that addresses the concerns and needs of municipal officials in their dealings with federal officials. …

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