NLC On The Road Again: Alabama

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At NLC, we’re always looking for new ways to have conversations with our members around the country. Our goal is to visit ninety cities and towns by December 2014 in celebration of NLC’s 90th Anniversary. If you haven’t seen us yet, look out.

These trips are designed to give elected officials and city staff an opportunity to meet with NLC staff to discuss issues and concerns unique to their local context and showcase their city. Most importantly, this opportunity allows NLC to develop closer relationships with member towns and cities and become an even stronger and better advocate for local interests.

Look out for myself, accompanied by Hana Watkins, Senior Membership Outreach Specialist.  Our first stop was in the home state of the Northern Flicker, Alabama!

NLC On The Road Again … Sweet Home Alabama


Recently, NLC Membership staff traveled to Alabama for the 2014 Alabama Municipal League Annual Conference, which was held in the oldest city founded by French colonists, Mobile, AL.  Mobile is also known for having the oldest organized Carnival celebrations in the United States.

Sweet Home Alabama did not disappoint.  Once we landed we were immediately greeted with a sign that read “Smile.  You’re in Mobile.”  The people were friendly, the weather was warm, the food was outstanding and the conference was great.  Our visit really allowed us to touch base with our members and learn about the most prevalent issues in their cities such as teenage pregnancy, flooding and challenges dealing with their education system.

This trip also provided us the opportunity to show our members how NLC has programs and resources in place to help city leaders build better communities.  Cities visited on our Alabama Road Trip included Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma and Spanish Fort.

During our time in Alabama we saw many familiar faces during the league’s conference  and concluding our visit by invitation (from Council Vice-President Frederick Richardson, Jr.) to address the Mobile city council.  NLC was recognized by the city council and municipal staff for the great work of our organization and in turn we were able to thank the City of Mobile for being members since 1962.

Here are just a few highlights of our trip:

We had a grand time in Mobile, AL … next stops Little Rock, AR, June 18-20.

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Gail-headshotGail Remy is the Director of Membership at NLC. Follow her on twitter at @RemyGKing.