By Carolyn Coleman
Last week, at the invitation of the National League of Cities, over 25 representatives from the White House and 14 federal agencies came to NLC's offices for a first ever briefing on the organization's programs and priorities for cities and city leaders.
NLC Executive Clarence Anthony welcomed the representatives and shared with them his vision for a strong partnership that would mean working more closely with the federal agencies to help cities leaders address the challenges facing local communities. Anthony also reminded the representatives, most of whom serve as the intergovernmental liaisons or first point of contact between their respective agencies and city officials and local governments, that they can look to and count on local governments as a source of innovation in developing and implementing solutions that are growing local economies and creating jobs. In addition to Anthony's remarks, the representatives also heard presentations on NLC's federal advocacy, research and best practices, and Institute on Youth, Education, and Families.
"NLC has a solid track record of partnering with the federal agencies to help bring solutions to our local communities," said Anthony. "Recent examples include our work with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the First Lady on Let's Move Cities, Towns and Counties and with the Environmental Protection Agency on the affordability dialogue involving water infrastructure. We look forward to developing more partnerships with you and your agencies in the coming months."
The agencies represented were the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Corporation for National and Community Services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Communication Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.