Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and Council member Jeff Weisensel have been reappointed to committees of the National League of Cities (NLC) for 2020. 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. He is one of three representatives from Minnesota on the committee.
“The National League of Cities provides a platform for city leaders to collaborate on solutions to challenges facing American cities,” said Mayor Droste. “Whether it is transportation funding or transportation innovation, tax-exempt municipal bonds or Community Block Grant Funds, we look to the NLC to help us understand the issues and develop a clear message for our representatives.”
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. He is one of two from Minnesota on the committee.
“Through networking, direct engagement, and advocacy, I have been able to continue to see Rosemount receive benefits like Community Development Block Grants (CDBG),” said Council member Weisensel. “I’ve worked with officials at all levels of government including federal, state, and county, to reduce the headwinds in economic development and improve our own community’s vitality in housing opportunities.”
“NLC’s federal advocacy committees ensure policymakers in Washington understand the most pressing issues facing local communities,” said Joe Buscaino, councilmember of Los Angeles, California, and president of the National League of Cities (NLC). “Together, with a team of local officials from across the country, we will strengthen the federal-local partnership, and ultimately create stronger cities, towns and villages.”
Council member Weisensel will continue his work in a second role at the NLC. He was reappointed to the Small Cities Council. Participants there share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting communities whose population is 50,000 or less. Council member Weisensel will play a key role in identifying common trends across municipalities and developing policy options and responses for cities, towns, and villages.
“Small Cities Council is a great forum of seeing the best our country’s small towns and cities provide residents with limited resources,” said Council member Weisensel. “Networking and sharing bring the best ideas for a wide spectrum of better resident engagement, economic development and making our communities better places to live, work, and play.”
Council member Weisensel will also serve another one-year term as a Leadership Fellow with the NLC University (NLCU). 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.
“Passionate about life-long learning, I strongly believe in promoting as a Fellow the skill development of elected officials to support innovation, citizen engagement, and better listening in communication,” Council member Weisensel said. “NLCU provides that forum for elected and staff alike.”
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns, and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.