Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Working Group on Homeland Security to Meet in Dallas. (Cities Respond to Terrorism)

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Working Group on Homeland Security to Meet in Dallas. (Cities Respond to Terrorism)

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NLC's new Working Group on Homeland Security will meet this week to begin its work as NLC's front line resource on homeland security. The group will convene on Saturday at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport to develop its overall work plan and prepare for an interim roll out at the March Congressional City Conference.

Committee Co-Chairs Mary Poss, acting mayor of Dallas, and Michael Guido, mayor of Dearborn, Mich., said the group will focus on federal advocacy strategies and basic resources to support city efforts.

"We have to make sure that the federal government understands our needs and expectations and that city officials have the resources and knowledge to be proactive in ensuring security within their communities," Guido said.

Poss said encouraging cities to take a regional approach to homeland security will be an important part of the discussion.

"City officials and residents need to understand that what happens in one city affects what's happening next door, and they must work together," Poss said.

Poss and Mayor Ken Barr of Fort Worth, Tex., will be participating in a regional planning session on emergency preparedness on Friday.

Several members of the NLC committee plan to attend that meeting to provide a real-life case study.

The group plans to issue an interim report at the March Congressional City Conference and make recommendations to the NLC Officers and Board on how to coordinate a massive lobbying effort on homeland security when some 3,000 city officials converge on Washington. A key part of that message will be the importance of providing direct, flexible federal funds to cities to support homeland security efforts.

Earlier this week, NLC President Karen Anderson, mayor of Minnetonka, Minn., appointed the following officials to serve on this special committee: Rocky Anderson, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah; Patrick Avalos, councilmember, Pueblo, Colo. …

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