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Local Leaders from Across the Country, Including League President Dunbar, Travel to Nation’s Capital to Build Relationships with Congress

February 12, 2020
More than 40 executive directors and local leaders from 18 state municipal leagues across the country journeyed to Washington, D.C. for National League of Cities’ (NLC) fourth annual state municipal league fly-in. 
The goal of the week was to develop strong relationships and meet with federal decision-makers to build local-federal partnerships that will help move the nation, and our cities, forward. League of California Cities President and Town of Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar joined the delegation. For the full recap of the event, visit NLC’s CitiesSpeak.
During meetings and a briefing on Capitol Hill, elected city officials from across the country advocated for NLC’s top legislative priorities, including critical infrastructure financing, transforming transportation, workforce funding and training, broadband expansion, supporting community resilience, and ensuring clean and safe water. Together, attendees ensured that federal decision-makers heard loud and clear that cities are ready to build local-federal partnerships that will help improve the lives of residents across the country.
Meetings kicked off on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with an informative briefing hosted by NLC’s Federal Advocacy staff. During the briefing, attendees received an update on the current political dynamics in Washington, D.C., and learned about a potential transportation package this year that would rebuild and reimagine America’s infrastructure. Attendees also received essential updates on NLC’s 2020 federal legislative priorities.
The following day, state league leaders descended on Capitol Hill for a day of action to advocate for city priorities. In meetings with Congress members and congressional staff, attendees presented NLC’s updated guiding principles for rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure and what cities need in an infrastructure plan. President Dunbar, during his meetings with Congress Member Mike Thompson, and staff representatives from the offices of Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also shared the priorities for California cities, emphasizing the importance of having a federal partner in addressing the state’s growing homelessness challenges and affordable housing crises.
During the fly-in, state league leaders met with more than 45 congressional offices across 18 states.
On March 8-11, all of the League’s officers will travel to Washington, D.C. for the NLC’s Congressional City Conference to learn about common challenges affecting cities, get specialized training to build leadership skills, and conduct productive meetings with federal representatives regarding issues important to cities.
California attendees registered for the NLC Congressional City Conference are invited to join the following League-hosted event.
League of California Cities Reception
Monday, March 9
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall East Room
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington D.C.

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