National League of Cities convenes in Denver
The role of America’s cities in the federal budget battles will be a major focus for Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and five members of the Wichita City Council as they travel to Denver, Colo., this week for the 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition.
The Wichita delegation will join more than 4,000 participants, including more than 2,000 elected and appointed officials and city staff, for the five-day session from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.
Council members attending include Vice Mayor Jeff Longwell, Sue Schlapp, Paul Gray, Lavonta Williams and Janet Miller.
Economic development, job creation and the impact of federal budget cuts on cities will be covered by a variety of workshops and general sessions at the Colorado Convention Center.
The local contingent will also include three members of the Wichita Mayor’s Youth Council who will attend various sessions for youth delegates. The delegation includes Daniel Depew, senior at Northwest High School, Michaeli (cq) Hennessey, sophomore at Maize High School, and Brandon James, senior at Southeast High School. Travel costs for the three students and advisor are covered by a grant from Spirit Aerospace.
The 2010 Congress of Cities & Exposition includes daily general sessions featuring nationally-known experts on issues of importance to cities. More than 30 workshops will cover topics from urban blight and economic development.
Mayor Brewer will also chair the NLC’s Large Cities Council, which meets Friday morning to discuss federal budgetary implications for the nation’s largest cities.
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.