National League of Cities Constituency Groups Announce 2016 Summer Conferences
WASHINGTON—Three National League of Cities (NLC) constituency groups have announced the dates and locations of their 2016 summer conferences. The groups—Women in Municipal Government (WIMG), National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) and Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)—are networks of city officials that share common interests and concerns that are reflective of NLC's membership. In addition to a business meeting, the summer meetings will include skills training sessions, opportunities to build networks and the sharing of best practices that local officials can adapt for their communities.
The Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Annual Summer Conference will be held May 18-21, in Knoxville, Tenn. With the theme, "Let's All Rise to the Top of ‘Old Smokey' with Tennessean Women Who Have!," WIMG President Mary "Dot" LaMarche, vice mayor, Farragut, Tenn., said that attendees are invited to "explore the achievements of these trailblazers and their far-reaching influence that still resonates today."
The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) will hold their Annual Summer Conference and Board of Directors Meeting July 20-23, in Columbus, Ohio. "The City of Columbus is excited for this opportunity to showcase our city and share best practices," said NBC-LEO President Priscilla Tyson, councilmember, Columbus, Ohio.
Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) will host their Annual Leadership Retreat August 25-27, in Milwaukee, Wisc. "For the past several years, HELO's summer retreats have provided our members with the opportunity to serve their communities more effectively through great discussion and presentations on a multitude of topics, and this year will be no different," said HELO President Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz.
All NLC members and colleagues with an interest in African American, Latino, and women's issues in their communities are encouraged to attend the constituency groups' summer conferences. An NLC University seminar will also be offered at each meeting.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.