By Elisha Harig-Blaine
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be speaking to attendees of NLC’s upcoming Congressional City Conference held in Washington, DC, March 9 – 13.
The Chairman will speak to attendees during an afternoon general session on Monday, March 11. He will discuss the important role city officials can have in initiating and moving forward holistic, community-based efforts to help reintegrate the men and women of the armed services as they return home. The issue is particularly timely as more than one million men and women are returning home during challenging fiscal times that require all public resources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible.
General Dempsey is the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, Dempsey served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff. A New Jersey native and career armor officer, General Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point. During more than 37 years of service, he has commanded at every echelon – from platoon to combatant command across the United States and the globe.
The Congressional City Conference is the annual legislative forum that brings together more than 1,600 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments. This year, hot topics range from protecting the tax exemption for municipal bonds and allowing localities to collect taxes owed on remote online purchases to immigration reform and reducing gun violence. The conference also provides opportunities to learn about innovative practices implemented at the local level and to network with city leaders from across the country.
Details: Conference registrations and hotel rooms are filling up quickly, so register today.