In his State of the Union address, President Obama declared victory over tough economic times and spoke about a number of initiatives to ‘go local’ and help the middle class grow and prosper in the years to come.
Councilmember Cleophus King of Bessemer, Ala. and Councilmember Romal D. Bullock of East Orange, N.J. have been selected as the 2014-2015 Foundation Fellows by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation.
NLC President Ralph Becker announced his 2015 leadership team for the organization’s policy and advocacy committees and member councils. All chairs and vice chairs were appointed by Mayor Becker to serve a one-year term and will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration and at home.
In addition to making the 114th Congress the most demographically diverse Congress in our nation's history, over a quarter of the freshman class of this Congress have previous experience in city government.
As the president prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, we urge him to push Congress to consider the federal priorities that cities and their residents need most. Cities need strong federal partners that work proactively to support the needs of our residents and communities.
NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families has selected seven cities to participate in a Learning Collaborative on Health Disparities. The Collaborative is designed to help city officials reduce childhood obesity-related health disparities.
Today in Cedar Falls, Iowa, President Obama announced his plan to promote fast and affordable broadband access in more communities across the country. The National League of Cities (NLC) has long supported efforts to increase access to broadband because of its vital role in supporting economic growth and educational opportunities in communities.
Terrorism risk insurance enables city governments to continue to provide critical services to residents in the event of an attack. Since TRIA expired at the end of December, it is crucial that the Senate pass TRIA as soon as possible to ensure America's cities have affordable access to risk insurance.
The 113th Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, 2014 after averting a government shutdown and ending one of the most unproductive terms in its history. Ahead of the commencement of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, 2015, National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, has issued a statement.
The awards will be presented during the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference on Monday, March 9, 2015.