Conference Committee Maps Way to Boston
Richardson, Fonda V., Nation's Cities Weekly
The 40-member Congress of Cities Program Committee met in Boston last month to begin planning the December 5 - 9 conference. Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, of Minneapolis, Minn., the program chair said, "We have worked hard to make sure this conference is inclusive of all types of cities, regardless of size or geography ... We also want to give conference delegates the opportunity to experience Boston's history."
Councilmember Lormong Lo, of Omaha, Neb., the committee's vice chair, is looking forward to sharing information about the upcoming conference with his colleagues and walking around the city known as `the walking city' when he arrives in December.
Key themes that emerged from the group discussions included focusing on housing and successful housing programs, addressing the changing faces of our communities, finding ways to make the economy thrive for everyone, investing in youth and family, revisiting the basic roles and responsibilities of local leaders, and focusing on NLC President Bob Knight's agenda on undoing racism. The group also agreed to continue to focus on small cities and ways to incorporate technology.
That NLC leaders should continue to serve as mentors at the conference for newly elected officials and newcomers was agreed on, too. …