The National League of Cities' "Cities Are Essential" Campaign

Campaign to Secure Federal Funding for Municipalities Nationwide

NJLM is joining it’s federal partner, the National League of Cities (NLC) in its national “Cities Are Essential” campaign. Launched in May, the effort aims to secure $500 billion in direct federal aid and economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic over the next two years.

“Cities are essential – to the fabric of this nation, to the pandemic response effort, and to the 200 million residents we provide essential services for,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities. “The federal government must act now. It’s been almost two months since the first bill providing Coronavirus relief was passed by Congress, and most communities haven’t received a cent in aid.”

NJLM & NLC's Cities Are Essential logos“Cities aren’t asking for a federal bailout. This is a partnership during a time of crisis to help America bounce back,” said Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles Council President Pro Tempore and President, National League of Cities. “We not only want America to survive, but thrive. Cities are the engine of the American economy. We want to get our engines running – and we can, if we stand together.”

Visit the NLC’s Cities Are Essential Campaign webpage for more information on this campaign.

Sample Resolution

Sample Resolution Supporting Direct Federal Emergency Support for Municipalities.

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