Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and Council member Jeff Weisensel have been reappointed to committees of the National League of Cities (NLC) for 2019. The Council member will take on additional duties within the organization.
As committee members, the Rosemount officials will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions. They will advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration, and at home.
Mayor Droste will again serve on the NLC Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee. The committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads, and ports.
Council member Weisensel will return to the Community and Economic Development committee. That committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.
“Our federal advocacy committees help ensure that policymakers in Washington know what's happening on the ground in our communities – and what is needed from our federal partners,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana, and president of the NLC.
Council member Weisensel will continue in a second role at the NLC and accept an additional one. He was just appointed to join the 2019 Small Cities Council. Participants there share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting communities whose population is 50,000 or less.
“When local officials share their successes, the entire nation benefits,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “The National League of Cities member councils give city leaders from across the nation a place to convene and identify the tools they need to address challenges in their communities.”
In addition to networking and information sharing opportunities, member councils also contribute to NLC’s advocacy efforts, ensuring that the needs of small cities are reflected in NLC’s National Municipal Policy.
Council member Weisensel will also serve another one-year term as an NLC University Leadership Fellow. The University is a collaboration to provide education and professional development services for municipal leaders around the country. It helps build the skills the leaders need to better govern, serve, and advocate for their communities. Council member Weisensel will help set the course of those educational efforts.