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NLC member councils offer networking opportunities.

One benefit of belonging to a national organization like the National League of Cities is the chance to meet new people, learn about innovative programs and policies, and serve in a way that benefits a broader community of municipal officials. However, finding the right opportunity may be a daunting task. Now is the time to consider enhancing your membership experience by joining an NLC member council as the annual appointment process has begun.

NLC sponsors three member councils--the Small Cities Council (for cities with populations less than 50,000), the First Tier Suburbs Council (for inner-ring suburbs) and the Central Cities Council (for cities with populations 200,000 and over, or the largest city in a state).

Each council is distinct in its programs and traditions. A good way to learn more about the councils is to visit the NLC website page devoted to each group.

Councils hold business meetings during NLC's two annual conferences, hold special council receptions at the conferences, provide opportunities for members of the groups to interact and use e-mail lists to keep council members in contact throughout the year.

A sampling of some of the projects and activities of the councils may pique your interest.

The First Tier Suburbs Council is working on a regional consortium how-to handbook and has hosted guest speakers at recent meetings on how to develop a formal or informal coalition of first tier suburbs. Soon this group will examine housing issues that their communities face.

Small Cities Council members helped NLC staff collect examples of small-city youth programs and organized and participated in National Small Cities and Towns Day. At a future meeting, small-city disaster planning will be explored.

Central Cities Council members have focused their attention on the impact of tax reform in their cities and on innovative taxing schemes.

Persons interested in the Small Cities Council should contact their state municipal league during the month of October. Each state league director appoints two members to this council.

For the other councils, an application must be submitted to NLC by November 14, 2005. Visit the Inside NLC section of the NLC website at and click on Get Involved in NLC to download a copy of the application. You may request an application from Catherine Moses at or by calling her at 202-626-3018.
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Author:Spain, Cathy
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Sep 26, 2005
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