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Federal Advocacy Committee Meetings: Schedule

Together with NLC’s leadership and the Federal Advocacy team, the Committees play a key role in all NLC advocacy efforts. They are made up of elected and appointed officials from NLC member cities and towns across the country who are committed to discussing and influencing federal policy that has a direct and profound impact on local government operations.

Under the leadership of a chair and vice chairs, the Committees meet in person at least three times a year (beginning at the Congressional City Conference and concluding at the November City Summit) to deliberate policy positions and review action plans in support of NLC’s advocacy priorities. In person meetings may be supplemented by conference call meetings to ensure the Committee has ample opportunity to complete their work plan.

For more information about NLC’s committees and the role they play, visit http://nlc.org/advocacy/federal-advocacy-committees.

All Federal Advocacy Committee meetings are open to any conference registrant, and we encourage all to attend and observe. Only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Sunday, March 12

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Community & Economic Development (CED) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Community and Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.  In addition, the Committee leads efforts in support of federal grant programs that support these activities, including the Community Development Block Grant program.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Gerri Schroder, Councilmember, Henderson, Nevada

Vice Chair
Gyna Bivens, Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas

Vice Chair
Johnnie Warren, Councilmember, Oakwood Village, Ohio

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Energy, Environment & Natural Resources (EENR) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on sustainability-related issues such as water infrastructure and water quality, air quality, energy, climate change, solid and hazardous waste management, local food systems, and public lands. Most recently, the committee has undertaken a holistic view of issues pertaining to water infrastructure, such as financing mechanisms for new and existing infrastructure, what communities and residents can afford to pay, and climate impacts on water and creating resilient infrastructure.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Salvatore Panto, Jr., Mayor, Easton, Pennsylvania

Vice Chair
Hattie Portis-Jones, Mayor Pro Tem, Fairburn, Georgia

Vice Chair
Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor, Lacey, Washington

Speakers

  • Eleni Pelican Energy Policy Advisor, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs - Office of Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jennifer Keller Director, Legacy Fleets Incentives and Assessment Center - Office of Transportation and Air Quality
  • Michael A. Pagano Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Brenna Isman Project Director - National Academy of Public Administration
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving intergovernmental relations (including Federalism and unfunded mandates), Census, municipal pensions, municipal bonds and capital finance, tax reform, antitrust issues, civil rights, and labor relations. Most recently, the committee has focused on protecting the interests of cities in federal tax reform efforts, including the tax exemption of municipal bonds, and advocating for local taxing authority on online remote sales transactions.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Deverick Williams, Council President, Gadsden, Alabama

Vice Chair
John Kinnaird, Councilmember, Waco, Texas

Vice Chair
Sue Osborn, Mayor, Fenton, Michigan

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Human Development (HD) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Human Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, education, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity, and immigration reform.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Gil Ziffer, Commissioner, Tallahassee, Florida

Vice Chair
Zack Reed, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio

Vice Chair
Angelia Washington, Councilmember, Jacksonville, North Carolina

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Information Technology & Communications (ITC) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Information Technology and Communications Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving telecommunications and information systems (and public access to these systems), privacy concerns, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting, and defense of city rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities.  Most recently, the Committee’s work focused on various ways localities can increase broadband access through municipal broadband, protecting local authority on technology-related tax issues such as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and exploring the transition from old, copper-based telephone networks to digital and IP-based networks.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
David Luna, Councilmember, Mesa, Arizona

Vice Chair
David Baker, Mayor, Kenmore, Washington

Vice Chair
Gary Resnick, Mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) Federal Advocacy Committee

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The Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving crime prevention and law enforcement, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Joel Price, Mayor, Thousand Oaks, California

Vice Chair
Cleophus King, President Pro Tempore, Bessemer, Alabama

Vice Chair
Kristin Szakos, Councilmember, Charlottesville, Virginia

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Transportation & Infrastructure Services (TIS) Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting

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The Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports.  Most recently, the Committee’s advocacy focused on protecting the local government interests in efforts to reauthorize a new surface transportation program.

The meeting is open to all who are interested, but only committee members may participate in the discussion.

Presiding:
Chair
Greg Evans, City Councilor, Eugene, Oregon

Vice Chair
Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Government & International Affairs, Cleveland, Ohio

Vice Chair
James McDonald, Vice Mayor, Pinecrest, Florida