Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Advisory Council Proposes a Call to Action

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Advisory Council Proposes a Call to Action

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The NLC Advisory Council met June 29 through July 1 in Savannah, Ga., to develop the statement, Investing in Communities: A Shared Vision and a Call for Action. This statement will be presented to the NLC Board of Directors for review later this month.

The Savannah session was led by Advisory Council Co-Chairs Connie Sprynczynatyk, executive director, North Dakota League of Cities, and Woodrow Stanley, mayor, Flint, Mich. Mayor Floyd Adams of Savannah hosted the meeting and helped participants enjoy and experience his city.

Liaisons from the NLC Steering Committees were also present and joined in identifying ideas and recommendations that are supported by the National Municipal Policy.

NLC First Vice President Dennis Archer also attended and participated in refining the statement.

Investing in Communities: A Shared Vision and a Call for Action represents the collaborative effort of the Advisory Council and representatives from more than 40 organizations who presented their views in March. Understanding that American communities are undergoing historic transitions that offer both opportunities and challenges, the statement is a call to all stakeholders - including the federal government - to undertake a plan of action for investing in America's futures.

During the Advisory Council's meeting, participants developed a plan that identifies the following priorities for federal action:

* Reduce poverty by substantially improving public education, job training, and public transportation while promoting and sustaining regional economic growth;

* Support the availability of affordable low- and moderate-income housing and invest in the revitalization of existing communities so they are centers of hope and opportunity;

* Provide the necessary financing and support for communities to build the infrastructure best suited to their needs for the 21st century;

* Invest in youth and support for families and children that promote their full and healthy development; and

* Support municipalities and communities by understanding their responsibilities, which require them to fund local services, and by providing resources and incentives for municipalities and communities to meet their new challenges. …

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