Neal Peirce discusses the predicted expansion of the world's "consuming class" -- one billion new middle-class city residents whose demand will fuel astronomic expansion in commerce, ports, building and vehicle sales, between now and 2024 -- and whether all economic growth is always a good thing.
NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor, Bluffton, IN, and NLC First Vice President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, attended the Democratic National Convention. Ellis said, "...cities must continue to ensure that our collective voice, and that of those we serve, is not lost among the campaign rhetoric."
As part of its ongoing efforts to help cities and towns comply with the Affordable Care Act, NLC will host a free webinar on Tuesday, September 11 at 12 noon EDT to answer many of the fundamental questions and concerns that cities and towns have regarding compliance with the health care law.
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.