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City Hall 101: The Role of Cities in Moving America Forward

  • HVC-201, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

The economy in America’s cities, towns, and villages determines the economy of the nation, with 83 percent of the U.S. GDP generated in cities. A century ago, just 14 percent of Americans lived in cities; today, 80 percent do.

Local elected officials are responsible for the physical and civic infrastructure America depends on, such as roads, bridges, and water systems. Cities also deliver critical services to residents, such as public safety, workforce development and housing. In spite of the difficult economic challenges cities have faced since the recession, local leaders have risen to the challenge. Many of our nation’s cities have made great strides forward through innovative partnerships, policies, programs, and financing models. Cities large and small are cultivating desirable places for families to live, work and play and for businesses to succeed.

During this briefing, local leaders from across the nation will discuss how their communities are solving some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Their stories and perspectives will help the 116th Congress consider the best ways to partner with cities to move America forward.

Speakers include:

  • The Honorable Dan Kildee (D-MI), U.S. Representative

  • The Honorable Linda Blechinger, Mayor, City of Auburn, Georgia

  • The Honorable Daniel Corona, Mayor, City of West Wendover, Nevada

  • The Honorable John B. Love III, Councilmember, City of Midland, Texas

  • Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities

  • Christy McFarland, Research Director, National League of Cities

A light breakfast will be served starting at 8:30am. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Smith at asmith@nlc.org

This event adheres to both the House and Senate Ethics Committees’ guidelines regarding widely attended events.