First Tier Suburbs Council

The First Tier Suburbs Council is open to any local elected official representing a member city or town outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas. Participants share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting first tier suburbs. Participation in the Council ensures that the unique needs of First Tier Suburbs are reflected in NLC’s advocacy efforts and policy discussions.

Join us at the Congressional City Conference on Monday, March 11, 2019

Local leadership matters when it comes to economic development. At the 2019 Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C, NLC will announce the winner of the Economic Development Summit Pilot Program. Join the First Tier Suburbs Council at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, March 11, for the announcement and to learn more about this exciting program!

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Current Leadership


Vice Chair

Vice Chair


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Rich Shaw
Huber Heights, Ohio

Lauren Tolmachoff
Glendale, Arizona

Stephanie Meyer
Shawnee, Kansas


Council Objectives:

  • To be recognized as the voice and advocate for first tier suburbs
  • To be a resource to municipal officials from first tier suburbs
  • To engage first tier suburbs as active NLC members