PHILADELPHIA – City Councilmember Derek Green (At-Large) joined nearly 200 local leaders from across the country to attend the National League of Cities (NLC) Summer Board and Leadership Meeting in Atlanta July 26-29. NLC is the largest and most representative organization for cities, their elected leaders and municipal staff, and advocates for city priorities in Washington by building strong federal-local partnerships.
This meeting brought together members of the NLC Board of Directors as well as its Federal Advocacy Committees and Member Councils to discuss issues facing municipalities including workforce development, violence, climate change, and infrastructure. Attendees also learned about ongoing advocacy related to the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“As an NLC Board Member, I’m exceedingly grateful for the chance to use this platform to expand upon my commitment to service on behalf of all Philadelphians. Every year, I look forward to this conference as an invaluable opportunity to interact with my colleagues from across the country, to discuss similar challenges we are facing in our respective cities,” said Councilmember Green.
“Following an unprecedented period of economic hardship elicited by the COVID-19 pandemic, American localities big and small have been thrown an historic lifeline thanks to funds allocated by the Biden Administration and Congress under the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure legislation. From restoring budgets for revitalization and public safety initiatives, to long overdue road and bridge repairs further neglected due to stay-at-home orders and strained resources; NLC provides local, state, and federal leaders with a vehicle to help drive long-term, equitable, and sustainable changes that will benefit the quality of life of our citizens.”
The National League of Cities was instrumental in securing direct aid to municipalities through ARPA and advocated for the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. NLC is now supporting cities, towns and villages with resources and tools to implement federal funding in their communities.
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