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  • February 12, 2013

    National League of Cities Responds to the State of the Union; Urges Congress to Move Quickly on Key Issues

    NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, attended the State of the Union address and released a statement in response saying, "Many of our cities still face stubborn unemployment and fragile economic growth. For those reasons, we support the President's commitment to making urgently needed investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, housing and education that will help build a foundation for future growth for years to come."

  • February 12, 2013

    National League of Cities President Invited to Join First Lady at State of the Union Address

    President Obama invited National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, Arizona, to sit in the gallery with First Lady Michelle Obama during tonight's State of the Union address.

  • February 11, 2013

    2012 City Showcase Programs Now Available on Website

    If you were unable to visit the 2012 City Showcase at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Boston, you can still learn about the 27 innovative, successful programs selected for the City Showcase. These programs adopted innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in their communities, and can provide ideas for how your community can build on existing initiatives or develop new solutions to address the challenges your city may face.

  • February 11, 2013

    Local Officials to Focus on Education Reform at Congressional City Conference

    NLC members will call on Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at the Congressional City Conference in Washington. At a session on Tuesday, March 12, Mayor Christopher Coleman of St. Paul, MN, will lead a discussion about the importance of high quality education systems to local public safety and economic growth, and emphasize the need for federal action.

  • ICMA-RC, an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, is now accepting applications for its ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund), which provides financial assistance for postsecondary education to the surviving children and spouses of local and state government employees.
    February 08, 2013

    Surviving Children, Spouses of Public Employees Encouraged to Apply for Higher Education Scholarships

    ICMA-RC, an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, is now accepting applications for its ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund), which provides financial assistance for postsecondary education to the surviving children and spouses of local and state government employees.

  • February 08, 2013

    Making Shifts Happen: From Political Drama to Finding Common Ground

    Donna Zajonc will serve as a presenter for the interactive Leadership Training Seminar, “Making Shifts Happen: From Political Drama to Finding Common Ground,” at the Congressional City Conference in March. She writes about the need to find common ground to create practical solutions that meet the needs of the many rather than the few.

  • In December 2011, while on patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown stepped on an explosive device that took both of his legs, one above the knee and the other below his hip, as well as a part of his right index finger. Hours later, in an acute care facility in Germany, a member of his church from Munford, Tenn. was already by his side. It would be an early indication that the citizens of Munford, with the support of the city’s leaders, would play an important role in LCpl. Brown’s recovery process.
    February 07, 2013

    Tennessee Town Rallies Support for Injured Marine

    In December 2011, while on patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown stepped on an explosive device that took both of his legs, one above the knee and the other below his hip, as well as a part of his right index finger. Hours later, in an acute care facility in Germany, a member of his church from Munford, Tenn. was already by his side. It would be an early indication that the citizens of Munford, with the support of the city’s leaders, would play an important role in LCpl. Brown’s recovery process.

  • With support from the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, NLC recently convened local leaders from 18 cities to discuss two new initiatives to expand opportunities for young men of color.
    February 06, 2013

    NLC Launches Network to Improve Outcomes for Young Men of Color

    With support from the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, NLC recently convened local leaders from 18 cities to discuss two new initiatives to expand opportunities for young men of color.

  • NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul, MN, addressed more than 500 national and community leaders who gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.,  for the release of a groundbreaking new compendium of studies on the impact of quality afterschool and summer learning programs.
    February 06, 2013

    New Compendium Highlights Value of Afterschool Programs

    NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul, MN, addressed more than 500 national and community leaders who gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for the release of a groundbreaking new compendium of studies on the impact of quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

  • February 05, 2013

    Mayor Chris Coleman Helps Launch New Publication Highlighting Benefits of Afterschool Programs

    NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, MN, spoke at the launch of a new publication highlighting the success of afterschool programming today at the National Press Club. Standing with other national and local leaders in the education and afterschool fields, Coleman stressed the importance of collaboration among city, school district and community partners to support afterschool opportunities.