In the theme of the 2013 Congressional City Conference ‘Stand up for Cities,' closing session speakers called on city officials to help carry the message and lead the nation on issues important to cities. Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain exhorted city leaders to carry the message on reducing gun violence and immigration reform.
The 1600-plus municipal officials who descended on Washington last week for NLC's Congressional City Conference heard a resounding message from administration officials: be active and engaged in the policy conversations and decisions happening in Washington.
Speaking to a packed room of city elected officials, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten touched on a wide range of topics important to city elected officials interested in pursuing an education agenda.
Medellin, Columbia was recently voted City of the Year in an Internet poll with close to 1 million votes cast. Columnist Neal Peirce explores this city's transformation.
Cities are invited to apply for participation in a leadership academy focused on expanding access to health insurance coverage for children and families.
At the recent Congressional City Conference, the University Communities Council (UCC) met to discuss offering direct leadership and engagement opportunities for its steering committee members, developing a summer meeting program and gearing up for what should be an outstanding Congress of Cities in Seattle.
NLC is supporting a House Resolution introduced by Reps. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Richard Neal (D-MA), that recognizes the significance of tax-exempt municipal bonds to local governments and communities.
The Military Communities Council kicked off its first official meeting as an NLC member council at the 2013 Congressional City Conference. Agenda items included updates from the Home Depot Foundation and NLC around projects for veterans housing, plus information and discussion on Section 331 of the 2013 Defense Policy Bill on shared service agreements between municipalities and military installations.
City of Detroit, MI and the City of Monroe, NC are the second and third cities respectively to save their residents more than $1/2 million on the cost of their prescriptions through the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program.
In a letter to Congress, local elected officials, business leaders and workforce investment boards expressed significant concerns over provisions in H.R. 803, the SKILLS Act.