Resource and Advocate for Local Government

NLC is a strategic partner for local leaders and municipal staff, serving as a resource and advocate for communities large and small. Join our network and get access to timely resources, proven best practices, and connections to peer networks. Our benefits include:

  • Training
  • Savings through partner solutions
  • Advocacy
  • Peer Networking

Member Services

Federal Advocacy

NLC is the voice of America’s 19,000 cities, towns and villages in Washington, DC. We advocate on priorities that are important and relevant to local leaders.

Member Services

Education and Training

From NLC University to our conferences, technical assistance, and webinars, NLC offers a myriad of choices to increase your knowledge and learn best practices of local solutions.

Member Services

Member Engagement

Connect with peers and other NLC members through NLC’s member councils and caucuses.

Member Services

Data, Research & Resources

Access NLC’s research and analysis on key topics and trends that impact the people in communities across the country.

Member Services

Community Discounts

Find out how your NLC membership earns you discounts on services and programs with our certified and endorsed corporate partners.

Regional Representatives

Alejandra Piers-Torres

Member Engagement Manager, Midwest Region

Kirk Ross

Member Engagement Manager, West Region

Katie Colten

Member Engagement Manager, South Region

Timothy Evans

Member Engagement Manager, Northeast Mid-Atlantic Region


City Spotlight

NLC represents the 19,000 cities, towns and villages across America who are leading in innovation and advancement.

Pittsburgh, PA

Region:Northeast/Mid-Atlantic
City Size:Large

 The collapse of Pittsburgh’s manufacturing industries in the late 20th century resulted in a peak unemployment rate of 18%, the dissolution of 75% of its steel corporations, and a 30% decrease in its population.

Pittsburgh’s recovery was jump-started when it began to capitalize on its comparative advantage in high-tech industries, research, and development. In 2019, the city committed to transforming underutilized city-owned recreation centers into technology-enabled spaces for youth through a program called Rec2Tech.

Kansas City, MO

Region:Midwest
City Size:Large

With $1.5 trillion in federal funding at stake and vulnerable populations at high risk of being undercounted again in the 2020 Census, community leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, are working together for a complete count to ensure proper funding distribution, fair government representation, and appropriate, data-informed school and voting district designations for the next 10 years. 

State Municipal Leagues

As founding members of NLC, the 49 state municipal leagues are important partners in strengthening local leadership, influencing federal policy and driving innovative solutions.

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Constituency Groups

Member Councils