The League also worked side by side with local officials throughout the year to make a real difference at the state policy-making level. Our joint efforts resulted in securing more than $2.5 billion in the state budget to help cities address housing and homelessness, and more than $300 million for disaster preparedness, emergency response, disaster-related planning, improving communications, purchasing additional equipment, and pre-positioning first responder resources.
We formed important new relationships with public and private partners and served as a resource and information channel to cities as they dealt with a multitude of disasters and emergencies throughout the year. We increased the accessibility of our educational and advocacy-based resources, and continued to facilitate best-in-class conferences, seminars, academies, forums and institutes statewide to meet the training and educational needs of thousands of city officials.
The League implemented many strategies mapped out in its 2018-2021 strategic plan, including providing the highest level of education and training with more mobile opportunities, increasing organizational effectiveness by welcoming new staff directors, continuing to foster and build partnerships with stakeholders to advance legislation of importance to cities, developing consistent brand guidelines for the organization, and raising awareness for city priorities.
It was an exciting and productive year advocating on behalf of cities. We invite you to read the 2019 Annual Report and encourage you to let us know what you think. Your feedback is important as we move forward as an organization. You can also check out the 2019 League by the Numbers
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