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Assemblymember Elvi Gray-Jackson Elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors

At the conclusion of the Annual Congress of Cities and Exposition held in Boston, Massachusetts on December 1st, Anchorage Assemblymember Elvi Gray-Jackson was elected to the NLC Board of Directors. The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States.

The National League of Cities is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages of all sizes which collectively serve more than 218 million Americans. More than 3,700 local government leaders attended the 2012 Congress of Cities. The delegates also elected Marie Lopez Rogers, the Mayor of Avondale Arizona, to serve as NLC president for the year 2013.

The conference provides a way for city leaders to share ideas about successful programs and strategies. They also learn tools on how to better serve their communities, as well as shape NLC’s federal policy.

Elvi is looking forward to serving a two-year term on the NLC Board which has the lead role in shaping priorities and directing the activities of the organization representing municipal governments. Board members do not depend on taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of attending NLC meetings or activities. They volunteer to attend several meetings throughout the year at their own expense.

Eight years ago Dick Traini was the one and only other Assemblymember who was elected to the NLC Board and chose to serve in this leadership role as well. “I am so glad I was able to convince Elvi to get involved in 1999 when she was our staff.  I knew she would take every opportunity to be a truly priceless contribution to other elected officials,” he said.

Assemblymember Elvi said “I can’t wait to get started at the meetings.The most beneficial feature of this networking effort is that we are always reminded that all of us, no matter what city we serve, what party we are affiliated with, we have the same issues.  Being able to share ideas on how to make our cities better is phenomenal and now I feel as if I’m able to do it on a more beneficial level!”

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