2,000 City Leaders Convene in Washington for National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

March 10, 2019 - (2 min read)

WASHINGTON — March 10 — This week, more than 2,000 mayors, councilmembers and other delegates from cities, towns and villages across the country are convening in Washington for the National League of Cities’ (NLC) annual Congressional City Conference (CCC). At the conference, delegates will meet with senior White House officials, members of Congress, and other national experts and discuss how strong federal-local partnerships are critical to addressing top priorities for local leaders.

The central theme of the Congressional City Conference is NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign, which urges Congress to develop and pass comprehensive legislation that rebuilds and reimagines America’s infrastructure in partnership with local governments that will serve local communities for the next 100 years. On Wednesday, local leaders are taking that message to Capitol Hill, calling for a long-term plan that improves our nation’s water, broadband, and transportation systems, prepares our communities for extreme weather and natural disasters, and invests in the skills training and education that prepares our workforce to build and maintain our infrastructure.

“More than 2,000 leaders from America’s cities, towns and villages are here in Washington, D.C., with a simple message: Rebuild With Us,” said NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana. “Local leaders and our federal partners must work together in a bipartisan manner on priorities that will invest in our economies and improve life for our residents. That’s why rebuilding and reimagining our nation’s infrastructure is so important, and why we need Congress to pass a long-term bill this year.”

On Monday, March 11, programming begins with the Opening General Session, featuring a deep-dive infrastructure conversation moderated by POLITICO and welcome remarks from host city mayor Muriel Bowser. Other notable speakers this week include U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sec. Ben Carson, Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Todd Young, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Dan Kildee, and many others. The full schedule is available here.

NOTE FOR REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Please RSVP with Tom Martin (martin@nlc.org) to register and receive credentials. A media advisory may be located here.


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