National League of Cities Stands with Charlotte, Affirms City as Host of 2017 City Summit

WASHINGTON — Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) affirmed its commitment to bring City Summit, the organization's annual fall conference that convenes more than 4,000 city leaders and other officials, to the City of Charlotte in 2017. The Executive Committee of the board of directors passed a resolution over the weekend in the wake of fallout over the N.C. General Assembly's passage of House Bill 2 (HB2), which broadly preempts local authority and runs counter to the notion that inclusiveness is a fundamental pillar of strong cities. The resolution, which is being delivered to Gov. Pat McCrory, the N.C. General Assembly, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte City Council, condemns HB2 and similar actions taken by a number of states to restrict local decision-making authority.

"The National League of Cities sent a clear message to the state of North Carolina: we stand with the City of Charlotte, and we will oppose any actions that preempt local control or discriminate against members of our communities," said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). "Changing the location of City Summit would effectively penalize the City of Charlotte for the state's action. We will continue our efforts to combat North Carolina's HB2 and similar state laws across the country."

Today's action came after a discussion at the 2016 Summer Board and Leadership about state and federal preemption efforts, which present a dangerous challenge to the principle of local control. Other topics covered at the meeting included advocacy to reduce gun violence and the organization's recent relocation to the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

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