By Carolyn Coleman
On June 27 - 29, 2013, hundreds of city leaders will descend upon Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities (NLC) Annual Policy Forum. The leaders, who serve on one of NLC's seven policy steering committees, will use their time in the nation's capital to get briefed on current and emerging federal policy matters of importance to cities and towns, and to begin formulating the organization's policy position with respect to those matters. Besides sessions with federal policy experts, the Committees will meet with House and Senate leaders and Administration officials.
NLC has seven policy committees. The committees and their respective Chairs are:
Community and Economic Development, Frank (Tony) Thomas, Council Chair, Savannah, GA; Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Matt Appelbaum, Mayor, Boulder, CO; Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations, Robert Avery, Council Member, Gadsden, AL; Human Development, Mary Dorothy La Marche, Vice Mayor, Farragut, TN ; Information Technology and Communications, Larry Kitchens, Council Member, Hurst, TX; Public Safety and Crime Prevention, Pete Constant, Councilmember, San Jose, CA; and Transportation Infrastructure and Services, Ron Roberts, Mayor, Temecula, CA.
"With so many issues on Congress' agenda that are essential to the vibrancy of local communities, we could think of no better place than Washington, D.C. for this year's Forum," said NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony. "Besides considering the implications of federal policy decisions on our cities, city leaders will have an opportunity to press upon congressional leadership and the Administration the importance of fixing the nation's broken immigration system, passing the Marketplace Fairness Act, and of saving the tax exemption for municipal bonds."
Among the federal policy topics the city leaders will be discussing at the Forum are: implementation of the federal highway program, MAP 21; freight management; the future of the housing system and the Community Development Block Grant program; infrastructure financing, including public private partnerships; reform of the nation's job training and education systems; cybersecurity; the development of the public safety broadband network; management of local rights of ways; human trafficking; the tax treatment of digital goods; tax code reform; climate adaption; and the impacts of climate change on water and transportation infrastructure.
After the Committees formulate their policy positions with respect to these topics, the positions will be considered by NLC's membership at its annual business meeting in Seattle, Wa., at the Congress of Cities later this year. If adopted by the membership, the positions will then become a part of NLC's National Municipal Policy, which serves as the basis for NLC's advocacy on issues before Congress, the courts, and the federal agencies.
Details: For more information about the Policy Forum, contact Emma Lieberth, at 202.626.3075 or by email at email@example.com. For more information on NLC's policy committees, go to www.nlc.org.