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Councilmember Priscilla Tyson Attends National League of Cities Congressional City Conference; President Obama Announces New Initiative

For Immediate Release
March 13, 2015

John Ivanic 

WASHINGTON – As a member of the Executive Committee of the National League of Cities Board, Councilmember Tyson, who chairs City Council's Finance, Health and Human Services, and Workforce Development committees, joined more than 2,000 city officials and delegates who convened in Washington, D.C this week for the 50th annual National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference.  During the conference, city leaders have more than 100 meetings with members of Congress and their staffs. 

“The conference is a great opportunity to advocate for policies that will move our local governments forward,” said Councilmember Tyson. “In addition, this forum allows us to share best practices and ideas about what is working well in cities across the country.”

Councilmember Tyson participated in a Capitol Hill briefing on the critical importance of passing a long-term, multi-modal transportation bill that ensures local governments have control over decision-making in their communities.

Councilmember Tyson is President- Elect of the National League of Cities/National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.   Tyson also chaired the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast, a program developed as a way to acknowledge and nationally recognize the innovation and commitment that local municipal leaders have demonstrated to implement cultural diversity programs.  The keynote speaker of the breakfast was Michelle Bernard Chairman, Founder, President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy.

During the conference, President Barack Obama addressed delegates to thank local leaders for many partnerships and connections that unite all levels of government working to make our communities, and our country, stronger. During his address, President Obama introduced a new initiative, TechHire, to educate and empower Americans with the skills they need to compete in a 21st century economy.

"Success is going to rest on folks like you -- on mayors, councilmembers, local leaders -- because you've got the power to bring your communities together and seize this incredible economic development opportunity that could change the way we think about training and hiring the workers of tomorrow," said President Obama .

“President Obama’s visit comes at a time when federal leaders are ‘going local’ by partnering with cities on initiatives that build stronger communities and improve the lives of our residents,” said NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Several cabinet officials addressed the conference, including several former local leaders:

  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
  • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
  • U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
  • U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
  • U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
  • U.S. Housing & Urban Secretary Julián Castro

The conference schedule included a town hall event March 10 for the new Race, Equity & Leadership (REAL) initiative. REAL was created after recent events prompted many city leaders to examine the critical issues of race and equity and how it impacts our society. In the town hall event, city and community leaders examined how racial biases affect communities, policies, systems and structures including law enforcement and the criminal justice system.



The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.