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Advisory Council begins year-long study of global economy.

During the Congressional City Conference, the Advisory Council of the National League of Cities will begin conducting "Futures" activities to examine "Cities and Towns in the Global Economy."

The 1993 Futures Process will be devoted to looking at ways municipal leaders can use international linkages to assist in creating new jobs and economic development opportunities and in improving the local quality of life.

Hal Conklin, Mayor Pro Tem from Santa Barbara, California, serves as Chair of the Advisory Council and will lead the group during their meeting on Saturday, March 6, at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. Mayor Margaret Carpenter of Thornton, Colorado and Councilmember Fred Guerra of San Marcos, Texas serve as vice chairs of the Advisory Council. They will join Conklin and other Council members as they begin the task of developing subtopics and guidelines for the year-long activities that will culminate with the publication of the 1993 futures report.

The recent international events will significantly impact U.S. cities' and towns' competitiveness in the global marketplace. Local government officials are seeking ways to understand better these global events and how to make them economically beneficial for their municipalities.

During their meeting, the Advisory Council will be presented with an overview of the global changes by Blaine Liner, Director of State Policy at The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C. Mayor Larry Bakken of Golden Valley, Minnesota, who chairs the NLC International Municicipal Consortium will provide a local government perspective.

Earlier in the year, Don Borut, Executive Director of NLC, issued a "call," inviting mayors and other municipal officials to submit brief descriptions of successful innovative local efforts directed at international economic development. The Advisory Council will examine these summaries during their meeting on Saturday and hold group discussions around these local initiatives. These discussions will lead to the development of recommendations for focusing further activities on this topic.

NLC First Vice President Mayor Sharpe James of Newark, New Jersey set the course for the Advisory Council's 1993 futures process at the Congress of Cities meeting in New Orleans. He urged Council members to "think globally" and "act locally," and to encourage city and town officials to "think locally," and "act globally."

The Advisory Council will continue to review innovative local municipal economic development strategies geared toward the international marketplace. Municipal officials may submit their descriptions to Bill Barnes, Director, Center for Research and Program Development at the National League of Cities, or Dorothy Cheek, the Staff Assistant. (See the call on this page.)

The NLC Futures Process, initiated in 1989-90, provides a means by which city and town officials can explore and prepare to meet new challenges that face their municipalities. The reports that are generated from this process open new areas for further work based upon the Advisory Council's deliberations.

The 1991 Futures Report, "Diversity and Governance--Changing Populations and the Future of Cities and Towns" and the 1992 Futures Report, "Families and Communities" are both available through the NLC Publications Office.

A Call For Papers

The Advisory Council of the National League of Cities invites municipal officials and others to provide information on their cities' international economic development initiatives. The Advisory Council is charged with carrying out NLC's ongoing Futures Process.

The future of America's cities and towns will continue to be shaped by global--not just local or national--events and trends. These international linkages will increase, directly and indirectly presenting difficulties and opportunities to every locality. Local government officials are seeking ways to better understand this global context and to make it work constructively for their communities especially on economic matters, job creation and job loss, and competitiveness.

To help with the Futures Process, the NLC Advisory Council asks for written summaries describing efforts that are currently in place and have been successful in your community. The Advisory Council also welcomes your views about the most important aspects of this broad topic that they should explore.

These descriptions and statements will be made available to other cities through the NLC Municipal Reference Service; some descriptions will be highlighted in the Nation's Cities Weekly "Futures Forum" series. All descriptions will be used by the Advisory Council in this year's discussions; many will be cited in the 1993 Futures Report which will be published next December; and some cities may be asked to make more detailed presentations.

Please submit descriptions and brief statements to William Barnes, Director, Center for Research and Program Development, National League of Cities, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. Questions may be directed to Bill Barnes or Dorothy Cheek at (202) 626-3030.
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Title Annotation:includes related request for international economic development experiences; National League of Cities Advisory Council
Author:Cheek, Dorothy
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Mar 8, 1993
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