Community & Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee

City buildings and trees
City buildings and trees

The Community and Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness. In addition, the Committee leads efforts in support of federal grant programs that support these activities, including the Community Development Block Grant program.

NLC's Federal Advocacy Committee members include local elected officials and city staff from NLC-member cities and towns across the country who are committed to discussing and influencing federal policy that has a direct and profound impact on local government operations.


Committee Roster


Vice Chair

Vice Chair

CED Chair Gyna Bivens CED Vice Chair Lou La Monte CED Vice Chair Kevin Thompson

Laurie-Anne Sayles
Gaithersburg, Md.

Kristopher Dahir
Sparks, Nev.

Kevin Thompson
Mesa, Ariz.


Click here to view the 2019 Community and Economic Development Committee roster


Congressional City Conference

Summer Board and Leadership Meeting

Community and Economic Development Fall Meeting

Planning in the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland 
John Schlichting, Director, Planning and Code Administration

Economic Development in the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland 
Tom Lonergan, Assistant City Manager, City of Gaitherburg, Maryland

Financial Wellness and City Grants 
City of Gaithersburg Community Service Division

The Housing Opportunities Commission Overview 
Stacy L. Spann, Executive Director, Housing Opportunities Commissioner of Montgomery County

Housing and Community Development 
Louise Kauffmann, Division Chief of Housing and Community Development , City of Gaithersburg 
Tom Lonergan, Assistant City Manager, City of Gaitherburg, Maryland


City Summit

Policy & Resolutions

View the policies and resolutions crafted by and voted on by the Community & Economic Development Committee:

2019 Community & Economic Development Policy and Resolutions

View the full 2019 National Municipal Policy book containing each of the Federal Advocacy Committee chapters and resolutions.