Council Corner – National League of Cities
The City Council has always felt it’s important for Happy Valley to learn best practices from other cities and have a seat at the table to influence regional, state, and national discussions that impact our local community. Last month, we had the opportunity to join city councilors from all over the country at the National League of Cities meeting in Washington D.C.
Many of the issues we face are not unique to Happy Valley. We discussed numerous topics such as COVID-19, 2020 Census, diversity, transportation infrastructure, affordable housing, cybersecurity, and many others. It’s encouraging to see local governments operate on a non-partisan platform to implement innovative solutions. We all came back from the National League of Cities energized to continue making Happy Valley a better place.
In addition to learning from our peers, we were able to meet with our senators and congress members. As local representatives, it’s imperative our voice is heard in Washington D.C.
The most exciting part of our time at the National League of Cities was that we got to share it with Happy Valley’s Youth Council. Our students join youth council members from all over the country to discuss issues such as reducing teen suicide and programs to address distracted driving. We are grateful for many in the community who sponsored events that helped fund the youth to attend the National League of Cities.