Council President Richard Conlin
National League of Cities elects Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin to Board of Directors
Farm Bill resolution modeled on Seattle also approved
SEATTLE – On Saturday, November 12, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin was elected to a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC). Councilmember Conlin is one of 17 new board members chosen by the annual NLC convention to represent the more than 1,600 member municipalities, governing the organization. Conlin is the first Seattle elected official to serve on the NLC Board since former Councilmember Sue Donaldson, who served in 1997-1998.
"It is an honor to be chosen by my peers to serve the National League of Cities in this capacity," said Conlin. "In 2013, NLC will bring its national conference to Seattle, and I look forward to showcasing our work to the thousands of attendees."
At the conference, President Conlin presented at a workshop on economic development and facilitated a workshop on local food policies and initiatives. He also represented Seattle as a member of NLC Committee on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources and the City Futures Panel on Community and Regional Development.
This year, Conlin encouraged the NLC to pass a far-reaching resolution calling for a new Farm Bill that emphasizes supporting regional food systems, healthy food, sustainable agriculture, and social justice for farmers and farm workers. The resolution was modeled on Seattle City Council’s Farm Bill resolution adopted earlier this year based on the Seattle Farm Bill Principles.
"NLC demonstrated that it is a beacon for progressive policies in a bleak national environment by adopting principles for a new Farm Bill that would transform this country’s food system," added Conlin.
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. More than 1,600 municipalities of all sizes actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.
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