Advocating for America's Cities & Towns

The National League of Cities offers the following tips and tools for advocacy both in Washington and at home, critical to strengthening the partnership between municipalities and the federal government.

When local officials become involved in the legislative process and share their expertise and experiences with members of Congress and the Administration, cities and towns collectively have a stronger voice.

Working alongside the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as the voice of America's cities and towns in Washington, translating set legislative priorities into action on Capitol Hill - building relationships, crafting advocacy strategies, and influencing federal action that affects cities and towns. 

Together, we have the opportunity to influence the outcomes of federal policy debates affecting local governments.

Advocating for America's Cities and Towns (PDF)

NLC Advocates in Action

Florida League of Cities

The Florida League of Cities recently brought a delegation to Washington for their annual Federal Action Strike Team Fly-In. During their two-day advocacy event, city officials urged the White House and Congress to partner with local governments to promote economic recovery, maintain federal investment in cities via programs like the Community Development Block Grant, and to finally authorize a comprehensive long-term transportation program.

NLC Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials

In May 2012, leaders of NLC's Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, all from California, took to Capitol Hill to call on members of Congress from the Golden State to support federal investments in cities and towns that will help ensure communities and the country move forward.

NLC on Capitol Hill

In December 2011, Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on the need for a modern policy framework and resources to invest in the nation's water infrastructure systems.  VIDEO (30:12 Mark)   TESTIMONY

NLC at the White House

At the end of October 2011, nearly 150 city leaders from across the country attended a White House briefing on job creation and economic recovery with members of the Cabinet and senior Administration officials, followed by a meeting and reception with President Obama.

NLC Board of Directors Finance Committee

As part of their 2011 summer meeting, members of the NLC Board of Directors Finance Committee met with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the White House, and their respective Senators to advocate for NLC's top legislative priorities: transportation, CDBG, and comprehensive immigration reform.