NLC Board and Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee Members Convene in Utah
Hosted by NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, more than 200 local leaders from all across the country convened in the city last week for the National League of Cities (NLC) summer board of directors meeting and policy forum. In addition to a business meeting for NLC's board of directors, the convening provided a platform for members of the seven policy and advocacy steering committees to discuss the organization's federal action priorities and policy positions.
In addition to approving the organization's FY 2016 budget, the Board also heard updates on several strategic initiatives, including the Race, Equity, and Leadership initiative (REAL), the 2016 presidential election task force, and NLC's office relocation in 2016.
In a day and a half of meetings that followed the Board meeting, committee members focused their time in the city on the organization's National Municipal Policy, the status of NLC's 2015 federal action agenda, and innovative local practices. Representatives from the Salt Lake City business community, Mayor's Office, federal agencies, and the White House participated as guest speakers in the meetings.
In addition to reviewing and considering amendments to policy, committee members also learned about how innovative practices and intergovernmental partnerships are boosting infrastructure, sustainability, and community and economic development within Salt Lake City through projects including Salt Lake City's "Housing First" approach to ending homelessness, sustainability and resilience programs, a new Google Fiber initiative, and future-focused regional transportation planning.
Committee members also toured innovative projects in Salt Lake City, gaining insight into the city's transportation infrastructure, urban redevelopment districts, and education reform initiatives.
Rohan Patel, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs, was the featured speaker at a joint session of the groups in Salt Lake City. In his remarks, Rohan applauded NLC and city leaders for the strong partnerships with the Administration, including the newest one, the Startup in a Day initiative, NLC's partnership with the White House and U.S. Small Business Administration to help cities create an online tool to allow entrepreneurs and other businesses to discover and apply for all licenses and permits needed to start a business.
Proposed amendments to NLC's National Municipal Policy by the Committees will be voted upon by the full membership during the Congress of Cities in Nashville this November.
A slideshow presentation highlighting many of the week's events is featured below.