NLC Hosts 2015 State Municipal League Summer Meetings

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This is a guest post by Emma Lieberth.

Downtown Detroit.
Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit.
Downtown Philadelphia.
Downtown Philadelphia.

Every year, the National League of Cities organizes two annual conferences for the 49 state municipal leagues. This year, the State Municipal League Staff Workshop was held in Philadelphia, Penn., from July 15-17 and the State Municipal League Executive Directors Workshop was held in Detroit, August 4-7.

Staff from 34 state municipal leagues attended the 2015 gathering in Philadelphia hearing from speakers on a range of sessions including trends in social media, state legislative issues, member engagement, conference planning, non-dues revenue and leadership.

State League staff share best practices at the State League Staff Workshop in Philadelphia.
State League staff share best practices at the State League Staff Workshop in Philadelphia.

Executive directors and deputy directors from 41 state municipal leagues came together in Detroit for the 2015 State League Directors Workshop. League directors had the opportunity to discuss leadership and management strategies, state league legislative and legal advocacy, non-dues revenue, new federalism and to share best practices. Attendees also took a mobile tour of Detroit to see the challenges and renaissance the city is currently experiencing.

Downtown Detroit.
Downtown Detroit.

“These two meetings are a way for staff of the state municipal leagues and league directors to get together annually and compare notes on issues impacting local governments and officials,” said Scott Hancock, Chair of the 2015 State League Steering Committee and Executive Director of the Maryland Municipal League. “These meetings provide an invaluable networking opportunity and help us be better organizations for our members. The state municipal leagues founded the National League of Cities and these two meetings further strengthen our relationship.”

Next year’s State Municipal League Staff Workshop will be July 15-17 in Kansas City, Mo., and the 2015 State Municipal League Executive Directors meeting will be August 2-5 in Phoenix.

About the Author: Emma Lieberth is the Program Manager for Strategic Partnerships at the National League of Cities. Follow her on Twitter @emmalieberth.