National League of Cities and the South African Local Government Association to Increase International Municipal Collaboration

Dec 02, 2010, 16:30 ET from National League of Cities

DENVER, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National League of Cities' (NLC) Board of Directors entered into an agreement with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to increase international municipal collaboration between local governments in the United States and South Africa.  The agreement includes discussing good governance practices, sustainability, community and economic development and mobility and housing.

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"This is a significant and tightly focused effort to expand our international programming," said Joe Davis, Alderman of Milwaukee, Wis. "This partnership with SALGA is an important milestone in NLC's outreach efforts to city leaders and national municipal associations around the world.  We have much to share in local government innovation and much to learn from the most creative leaders in cities in other nations."

As chair of NLC's International Council, Alderman Davis was instrumental in moving the initiative forward.

NLC's International Programs focus on helping city leaders respond to global change and on building linkages between U.S. municipal officials and their counterparts abroad.  The primary institution through which NLC operates globally is United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), an association of cities and national municipal associations.  In addition, the U.S. Department of State is working hand-in-hand with NLC to strengthen relationships between local leaders in the U.S. and in strategic countries abroad in order to enhance American diplomacy.

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.  

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