NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor, Bluffton, IN, said, “In the wake of the two political conventions, and the pledges by both parties to create jobs and get the nation's economy back on track, today's unemployment number shows that the nation cannot wait until January for solutions.”
As announced in May, NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut will retire at the end of this year, after serving 22 years in the position. The search for a new NLC executive director is now underway and the job specifications are available.
NLC First Vice President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, announced her plans last week for the appointment process for the 2013 committee and council chairs, vice chairs, and members.
Today, NLC is introducing a new members-only weekly e-newsletter with news, updates and resources for cities called The Weekly. Evolving from the recently retired Nation's Cities Weekly publication, the e-newsletter is the latest step in NLC's transition to a new set of print and electronic publications.
The federal Afterschool Meal Program reimburses city agencies, schools and nonprofit organizations that provide nutritious meals at their afterschool and weekend programs for children and youth.
The NLC Prescription Discount Card Program that began in January 2009 now has over 600 cities across the country helping residents with the high cost of prescriptions. Nationwide, the NLC program has saved city residents more than $10 million to date.
Last week 50,000 delegates and other guests, including NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor, Bluffton, IN, gathered in Tampa, FL, for the Republican National Convention. "The national political conventions are a deep and enduring political tradition in our country, and local governments and NLC have a vested interest in the outcome." said Ellis.
Facebook is requiring some cities to change how they identify themselves on the social networking service. To help create awareness of this issue, NLC and Facebook will be offering a webinar on September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm EDT, to explain the needed change and how the transition process will work.
A mobile workshop at the Congress of Cities, November 28-December 1 in Boston will highlight the city's successful efforts to build peace which are akin to building a skyscraper requiring a solid blueprint, a team of experts, quality materials and the right tools for the job.
Neal Peirce discusses how Atlanta's civic-business-political leaders are still licking their wounds over the shattering defeat that voters across their 10-county region handed them July 31.