Don Zimmerman Receives National Recognition for 50 Years of Service to Arkansas Municipal League
PITTSBURGH — November 22, 2016 — Don Zimmerman, executive director of the Arkansas Municipal League, was recognized by the National League of Cities (NLC) for his 50 years of service to the Arkansas Municipal League (AML) at the group's 2016 City Summit conference in Pittsburgh. The first state municipal league employee to be recognized by NLC for 50 years of service, Zimmerman has served in roles including as a field representative, legislative director, and executive director.
In his presentation of the award, NLC First Vice President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, described Zimmerman as a "dedicated supporter of cities and towns around the country - but especially in his home state of Arkansas."
"We need to work to keep our state leagues strong and the National League of Cities strong." said Zimmerman upon receiving his award, adding "these leagues will help keep your cities strong, and when cities are strong - no one will question America's greatness."
Around 3,000 local leaders and staff convened in Pittsburgh from Nov. 16-19 for the annual 2016 City Summit (formerly known as the Congress of Cities) to network, discuss city priorities and learn best practices.
A theme of the conference was local leadership, particularly in the wake of one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history. In his acceptance address to NLC's membership, NLC President Matt Zone, councilman from Cleveland, urged the thousands of gathered local officials to come together at the local level.
"I have faith that our cities, and our nation, can come together and make change happen," President Zone told local officials. "I strongly believe that this change will come from the local level. It's going to come from each and every one of us. Together, we are making America's cities strong."
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