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League President Arbuckle and Executive Director Coleman Join State Municipal Leagues to Build Relationships with New Congress

February 11, 2019
League of California Cities® President Jan Arbuckle, council member, Grass Valley, and League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman joined more than 40 executive directors and local leaders from 19 state municipal leagues across the country in Washington, D.C. for National League of Cities’ (NLC) third annual state municipal league fly-in, where they met federal decision-makers and discussed city priorities.
 
For the full recap of the event, visit NLC’s CitiesSpeak.
 
Through meetings and a briefing on Capitol Hill, state municipal league partners and NLC staff advocated for NLC’s top legislative priorities, including infrastructure investment, preventing future federal government shutdowns and broadband expansion. Together, they ensured that federal decision-makers heard loud and clear that city advocates are ready to build local-federal partnerships that will help to move America forward.
 
“Last week’s meetings in D.C. were a great opportunity to meet with legislators and highlight pressing issues that California residents, and America’s communities, are facing every day,” said League President Jan Arbuckle. “Through the fly-in, we were able to build strong relationships with newly elected members of Congress and build a national narrative around the value of strong infrastructure.”
 
The fly-in began on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a briefing hosted by NLC’s Federal Advocacy staff who provided an update on the current political dynamics in Washington, D.C. and potential for an infrastructure package this year, as well as substantive updates on NLC’s 2019 federal legislative priorities.
 
On Thursday, the state league leaders descended on Capitol Hill for a day of action to advocate for city priorities. They came prepared with the stories of their communities and residents, eager to amplify their voices and city priorities in the on-going policy and legislative conversations happening in the nation’s capital. In meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff, the attendees presented NLC’s guiding principles for rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure and 50 ideas for what cities need in an infrastructure plan. They also educated members of Congress and congressional staff about the roles and responsibilities of cities. In their time on the Hill, state league leaders met with more than 45 congressional offices across 21 states, and built relationships with 23 newly-elected members of Congress.

Local and federal leaders have a tremendous opportunity this year to come together and drive forward-thinking legislation that serves all of America’s communities. The fly-in helped build strong relationships with many newly-elected members of Congress and jump-started national conversations around rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure.
 
On March 10–13, all of the League’s Officers will travel to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional City Conference (CCC) to learn about common challenges affecting cities and meet with federal representatives and their staff to discuss federal policy issues of greatest importance to cities and local governments. 

California attendees registered for the NLC Congressional City Conference are invited to attend the following League-hosted event:
 
League of California Cities Reception
 
Monday, March 11
6–7:30 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW


 
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