Central Cities, First Tier Suburbs Councils to Meet at CoC

By Becker, Christine | Nation's Cities Weekly, October 28, 2002 | Go to article overview

Central Cities, First Tier Suburbs Councils to Meet at CoC


Becker, Christine, Nation's Cities Weekly


Two recently established member "councils" will convene at the Congress of Cities to create new opportunities for local officials to share information and help shape the NLC program agenda.

The Central Cities Council and the First Tier Suburbs Council were established in conjunction with the FY 2003 NLC operating budget in July. Both groups held networking sessions at the Congressional City Conference to explore opportunities for regular information sharing among local officials from communities with similar interests. As a result of those meetings, participants asked NLC to establish a permanent framework for continued discussions and staff support.

The overall concept for the groups, in part, is modeled after the Small Cities Council, which was created in 1976 to ensure that the interests and problems of small communities are part of NLC's overall programs.

Both councils will meet on Friday, December 6, from 3:45-5:15 p.m. during the Congress of Cities. Check the final conference program for meeting rooms.

Councilmember Nick Licata of Seattle, Wash., has been the driving force behind the central cities group. More than 40 city officials, primarily from cities with populations over 200,000, met in March to discuss shared interests including city-county consolidation, affordable housing, forms of government, and support for arts institutions. …

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