WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local leaders from across the country will gather to discuss the nation's need for job creation, economic growth and infrastructure investment during the National League of Cities (NLC) 2012 Congressional City Conference. Programming will focus on protecting local sources of revenue; preserving funds for hometown investment; enacting a new comprehensive transportation program; and modernizing our nation's education and workforce training programs.
Members of the media are invited to attend the meeting free of charge. For more information about the meeting or to view a schedule of events, visit http://ow.ly/9cuh4.
As NLC's annual legislative meeting, the conference informs municipal leaders about federal policy issues that impact local communities, while providing an opportunity for city leaders to bring local concerns to their federal elected officials in Washington, DC.
What: National League of Cities Congressional City Conference
When: March 11-13, 2012
Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
Contact: Gregory Minchak, 202-626-3003, [email protected] or Amanda Straub, 202-626-3015, [email protected]
General Session Speakers
- Ray LaHood, Secretary, US Department of Transportation (Monday, March 12; 3:45 p.m.)
- Hilda Solis, Secretary, US Department of Labor (Monday, March 12; 3:45 p.m.)
- Senator Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) (Tuesday, March 13; 12:30 p.m.)
- Ed Gillespie, former chairman, Republican National Committee (Monday, March 12; 9:00 a.m.)
- Terry McAuliffe, former chairman, Democratic National Committee (Monday, March 12; 9:00 a.m.)
- David Brooks, op-ed columnist, The New York Times (Tuesday, March 13; 12:30 p.m.)
- Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia, Pa. (Monday, March 12, 7:30 a.m.)
- Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah (Monday, March 12 11:00 a.m.)
- Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration (Monday, March 12; 12:30 p.m.)
- Matt Appelbaum, Mayor, Boulder, Colo. (Tuesday, March 13; 9:00 a.m.)
Monday, March 12; 11:00 a.m.
- Making Great Places by Integrating Transportation, Housing and Sustainability
- Cities and Cybersecurity
- Creating Jobs: Tapping Federal, State and Local Resources to Help Put People to Work
- The Federal Budget: Understanding the Deficit Debate
- The Housing Debacle: What's Working, What's Not and What Can Cities Do About It?
Monday, March 12; 2:00 p.m.
- Federal and Local Tools to Finance Water and Transportation Infrastructure (repeated Tuesday, March 13; 10:45 a.m.)
- Maintaining Public Safety Amid Cutbacks
- Connecting the Dots: Education, Workforce Development and Jobs
- The Court Report: What Cities Need to Know
Tuesday, March 13; 9:00 a.m.
- Creating Jobs Through Infrastructure Investment
- Energy Investments for Economic Growth
- How Low Can They Go: The Future of Community Planning and Development Funding
- Pathways to Employment for Disadvantaged Youth
Tuesday, March 13; 10:45 a.m.
- Federal and Local Tools to Finance Water and Transportation Infrastructure (repeated from Monday, March 12; 2:00 p.m.)
- The Case for Investing in Tomorrow's Technologies
- Turning the Food Desert into an Oasis: Prospects for Improving Food Access and Public Health
- Economic Development that Works in an Economic Downturn
The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
SOURCE National League of Cities