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Help Shape the Future of the National League of Cities

August 22, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) helps city leaders from across the country build better communities by advocating for city issues at the federal level; providing applied research and local solutions; and fostering leadership development and peer connections.
Whether through the League of California Cities or through direct membership, each of you has a stake in the future of NLC.
NLC recognizes that the social and political environment is changing and if they are to be relevant and effective, the organization must change with the times. Using a research informed planning process, NLC is developing a three-year strategic plan that:
  • Takes advantage of NLC’s assets; 
  • Builds a strong brand;
  • Aligns services and benefits to the overall mission;
  • Promotes organizational stability; and 
  • Grows the membership.
The plan is being developed by a task force made up of local officials and state league directors and will be unveiled at the Congress of Cities and Exposition this fall in Seattle. The task force would value your thoughts on the goals that have been identified so far.
NLC's website has a short summary description of the research conducted for this planning process, along with explanations of the five draft goals:
  • Proactively drive federal policy on behalf of cities.
  • Solve problems for cities and bring them valuable resources.
  • Raise the profile of municipal government as instrumental to the quality of life in communities.
  • Model respectful dialogue, inclusiveness and cooperation to achieve results on behalf of cities.
  • Help city leaders build their leadership capacity.
Please take a few minutes today to let the strategic planning task force know if they are headed in the right direction and share your ideas on key strategies by using NLC's online feedback tool. Feedback is due by Sept. 6.

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