Let’s face it, big cities get a lot of attention. Nationwide, we hear about the accomplishments and innovations of the nation’s biggest cities every day.
Yet small city leaders face many of the same problems that their larger counterpoints do, and often find success despite serious budget constraints.
Whatever the issue, small cities have a way of rising to the challenge. These tight-knit communities breed creativity, resourcefulness and a fundamental sense of civic pride. And while they may not get the same press coverage, their successes — from the Better Together initiative in Decatur, Georgia, to the Salem for All Ages program in Salem, Massachusetts — prove that small cities and towns can be national leaders in their own right.
With more than 1200 small city members, the National League of Cities (NLC) is proud to host Small Cities Month to lift up the accomplishments of small cities. Each day throughout June, we’re highlighting examples of what makes our member small cities proud.
Want to join the conversation? Like us on Facebook to follow and share in your colleagues’ stories of success and pride, and share your small cities experience with us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #SmallCitiesMonth.
Finally, if you’re a small city leader, here are three ways you can take your leadership to the national level:
- Join one of NLC’s seven Federal Advocacy Committees to shape national policy that will benefit cities of all sizes. From transportation and infrastructure to municipal finance and economic development, the nation needs small city input.
- Connect with other small city leaders on NLC’s Small Cities Council. Share best-practices with colleagues who understand the demands of small city government best and who can give you real time advice and encouragement.
- Join NLC at the 2017 City Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, this November. With a workshop track specifically designed for small cities, you’ll hear from experts on topics like affordable housing, youth engagement and main street revitalization. You’ll also hear from other small city leaders at NLC University’s popular Big Ideas for Small Cities sessions. Check out the rest of the workshop topics at the City Summit and register now for the best rates.
At NLC, we know small cities can have a big impact. That’s what Small Cities Month is all about — and we’re proud to make it happen.
For more information on how NLC membership can benefit small cities, contact Sarah Lindsay, NLC’s program manager for member services and engagement (Midwest region) at (202) 626-3067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author: Seantae Byers is the director of member services and engagement at the National League of Cities.