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A quarterly report on the National League of Cities' recent accomplishments. we protected the rights and resources of municipalities in Washington by ...

* Defining NLC's top advocacy priorities: protect local authority in telecommunications reform; ensure federal support for local activities such as CDBG; pass comprehensive immigration reform; and target federal attention on critical local housing issues.

* Issuing a statement denouncing proposed cuts to federal funding for municipal programs in the President's FY 08 budget.

* Issuing a statement supporting the President's call for comprehensive immigration reform and energy efficiency in his State of the Union address.

* Testifying at a hearing of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission on next year's transportation reauthorization program.

* Issuing a statement opposing the Federal Communications Commission's video franchising decision that would preempt local government authority.

* Launching and promoting a new website--www.thetruthontelecomreform.com, a one-stop source of news and information about telecom issues including updates, talking points and fact sheets.

* Convening NLC's policy and advocacy committees and their steering committees to begin the annual policy development process and continuing the special NLC Immigration Task Force.

* Organizing meetings between NLC President Bart Peterson, mayor of Indianapolis, and leaders of the U.S. Senate and House, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education.

* Convening a meeting of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials' (NBC-LEO) Board of Directors that included visits with House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-Mo.), Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and other members of Congress.

* Coordinating congressional advocacy meetings for a delegation of Florida League of Cities members.

* Working with other organizations to have the U.S. House direct the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to change the leasing and cost data used for Section 8 voucher distribution.

* Presenting NBC-LEO National African-American Leadership Awards to the U.S. House of Representatives' Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-Mo.) and Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives Lorraine Miller.

We helped municipal officials share great ideas by ...

* Organizing the 2007 Congressional City Conference for more than 3,000 people in Washington, D.C., featuring presentations by nationally recognized speakers; briefings on federal advocacy issues; workshop sessions; and meetings of various NLC councils, panels, networks and constituency groups.

* Appointing nearly 700 new and returning member volunteers to NLC committees, panels, and councils who will advance NLC's legislative agenda, develop new policies, share best practices, guide NLC programs and find solutions to local problems.

* Convening 13 city teams at the inaugural meeting of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network.

* Co-sponsoring the first-ever Leadership Academy on combating childhood obesity with the American Association of School Administrators for 14 city-school teams.

* Hosting audioconferences for 700 participants on city hiring policies that facilitate the reentry of former offenders into the workforce, city strategies for combating childhood obesity and dropout recovery efforts.

* Organizing sessions of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Statewide Afterschool Network meeting in Rhode Island.

* Hosting two meetings of the Alternative High School Initiative Network to help cities promote high school reform.

* Sponsoring, along with a dozen other non-profits, a Housing Awareness news conference to promote affordable housing in the U.S.

We provided resources to solve city problems by ...

* Welcoming three new corporate partners--Black and Veatch, AT&T, and Verizon--and four new associate members--DLT Solutions, Playworld Systems, Governmental Collectors Association and the Broward County (Fla.) League of Cities.

* Publishing the 2007 National Municipal Policy in print and on the website.

* Responding to 450 inquiries from cities and others through the NLC Municipal Reference Service.

We helped municipal officials sharpen their leadership skills by ...

* Offering 14 Leadership Training Institute (LTI) seminars prior to the Congressional City Conference for 920 attendees.

* Conducting a regional LTI seminar entitled, "Building Partnerships for a Stronger Communities" in Santa Monica, Calif., on January 25-27, 2007, for 68 attendees.

* Conducting a seminar on "Legislating for Results for Local Officials" for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

We recognized our members' accomplishments by ...

* Convening the annual Celebrate Diversity Breakfast featuring guest speaker Congressman Mike Honda (D-Calif) and recognizing eight cities with NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Awards,

* Issuing a feature article highlighting "Why Cities Matter," that appeared in more than 20 newspapers.

* Holding the Leadership Luncheon at the 2007 Congressional City Conference where more than 320 attendees joined the NLC Leadership Training Council to recognize 61 Bronze, 26 Silver, 10 Gold, and 12 Platinum certificate recipients in the NLC Achievement in Leadership program.

We also served our members by ...

* Participating in a press conference on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Day with the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, and United Way officials where NLC shared how cities are helping to bring millions of dollars to their constituents through the EITC.

* Representing American cities at the meetings of United Cities and Local Governments to discuss climate change, local democracy and citizen participation, and conflict resolution through city-to-city diplomacy.

* Convening the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Luncheon at the Congressional City Conference featuring the topic of women and leadership with keynote speaker Marie Wilson, founder, The White House Project and Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

* Releasing a Cities' Municipal Officials Opinion Poll identifying deep concerns about violent crime; traffic congestion; road, bridge and local transit conditions; and the impact of growing immigrant populations.

* Reaching millions of readers and listeners who learned about our Congressional City Conference and our priority issues through print, radio and television stories and radio ads on WTOP in Washington, D.C.

* Representing cities at the following conferences: New Partners for Smart Growth, Brookings Symposium on Current Urban Issues, American Planning Association, International Conference on Regionalism and Federalism, MacArthur Foundation Network on Building Resilient Regions, and the Urban Affairs Association.

Prepared by NLC's Center for Member Programs. Visit www.nlc.org for more information about NLC and to obtain copies of reports and other documents referenced in this summary. Call (202) 626-3000 for other inquiries or e-mail membership@nlaorg.
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