By Leslie Wollack
National League of Cities Executive Director Clarence Anthony joined colleagues from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties for a sit-down with the new Secretary of Transportation and former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Anthony Foxx. Secretary Foxx welcomed his former colleagues at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC to talk about the reauthorization of federal transportation programs, which are set to expire in September 2014, and the critical role of both transportation options and access to alleviating poverty in communities across the country.
Secretary Foxx called on the three local government associations to engage their city and county officials in the national discussion on transportation, and to work together to help develop the next federal surface transportation program that will continue to strengthen local economies and serve as the economic backbone of the nation.
NLC’s membership will have several opportunities to debate the organization’s National Municipal Policy on transportation and other key local issues at the upcoming Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle during meetings of NLC’s seven Policy and Advocacy Committees and at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, November 16th.
Secretary Foxx will be one of the featured speakers at the opening general session of the Congress of Cities on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. In addition to hearing from Secretary Foxx at the opening general session, the conference also will include several other sessions on transportation related topics, including delivery of local services, infrastructure finance, passenger and freight rail and active transportation alternatives.