Corporate Partners Program

The National League of Cities Corporate Partners Program was established to promote the exchange of ideas between corporate leaders and the leaders of America’s cities in order to strengthen local government, encourage economic competitiveness and promote corporate civic engagement.

Criteria for Participation

All potential corporate partners must complete an application in order to be considered for participation.  NLC will actively seek corporate partners who meet these criteria:

  • Have a demonstrated track record as a good corporate citizen.
  • Support the NLC core beliefs, outlined below.
  • Offer expertise in areas that will contribute to NLC's overall mission helping city leaders build better communities.
  • Are willing to work within the specific program boundaries established by the NLC Board of Directors.
  • Do not compete directly or indirectly with programs or services offered by NLC, the state municipal leagues, or other NLC affiliates.
  • Are willing to provide top-level corporate involvement in specific substantive programs that meet mutual needs and further the mission of both the Corporate Partners Program and NLC.

National League of Cities Core Beliefs

All corporate partners are expected to support the NLC core beliefs.  The core beliefs serve as guiding principles for all NLC activities.  NLC believes in:

  • Representative, participatory local government.
  • Local government as the cornerstone of government in the United States.
  • The value of public service.
  • The value of diversity throughout our organization and our communities.
  • Municipal authority over municipal issues.
  • A commitment to the highest ethical standards among public officials.
  • Civility and mutual respect.
  • Anticipating the needs of communities and developing strategies to meet those needs and improve the quality of life.


NLC reserves the right to refuse to accept an application from a company/organization that does not meet the established criteria or to discontinue the participation of a corporate partner who does not continue to meet the criteria.

Corporate Partners will not have preferred access to NLC's policy development process or be directly involved in the development of policy positions that guide NLC's federal advocacy on behalf of cities and towns.

Corporate Partners will not be provided speaking opportunities at annual conference general sessions or major social events by virtue of their participation as a corporate partner or their sponsorship of an event.