Vice President Biden Speaks at 2015 Congress of Cities
On Thursday, Nov. 5, Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks to city leaders during the Opening General Session of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Congress of Cities & Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. "I have never been more optimistic about the possibilities for this nation than I am today,” stated Vice President Biden. Addressing city leaders, he said, “There is so much we can do – but we need you."
During his speech, the vice president looked back on his time as a county council member in Delaware and thanked the local officials present for helping to make the Obama administration's economic recovery initiatives successful in pulling the nation out of a recession. Biden also said a big need facing the nation as it continues to make economic recovery is "a resurgence" in education. He called for free community college, which he said could be funded by cutting tax deductions.
"We were honored to have Vice President Biden address the thousands of city officials that convened in Nashville this week for the Congress of Cities," said National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah. "The National League of Cities represents cities and towns of all sizes, and our members were eager to hear the vice president address the issues that matter most to cities."
NLC and its member cities have partnered with the administration on programs including Let's Move! Cities, Towns & Counties and TechHire. In addition, NLC has productive partnerships with the Departments of Education, Interior and Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Department of Energy and Small Business Administration.
The Congress of Cities and Exposition is NLC's annual conference that offers exceptional educational and networking opportunities to increase the effectiveness of local leaders. It is the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country. President Barack Obama addressed NLC's Congressional City Conference, NLC's annual convening in Washington, last March.
The next Congress of Cities & Exposition, renamed the City Summit, will be held in Pittsburgh, Nov. 16-19, 2016.