Members of the Coral Springs City Commission joined nearly 3,500 municipal leaders at the 2007 National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities in New Orleans to discuss leadership and innovation, “going green,” and emergency preparedness.
Our City Commission attendees heard from New York City Mayor and innovative leader Michael R. Bloomberg, political experts Kenneth Mehlman and Terry McAuliffe, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, local and national experts on strategies for rebuilding communities after a crisis, and environmental expert Terry Tamminen, advisor to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“This was a great opportunity to represent Coral Springs and also to learn ways to better serve our citizens and community,” Commissioner Gold said.
In recognition of rebuilding efforts still underway in New Orleans, conference participants had opportunities to help many of the city’s communities, either by building homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, repainting an elementary school with Hands-On New Orleans or building a new playground, designed by New Orleans children with KaBOOM.
In addition to the conference sessions, participants attended workshops on a variety of issues facing cities, including climate change and sustainability, emergency preparedness, changing public finances, public safety, and transportation funding, along with several “mobile” workshops that took participants into New Orleans and surrounding parishes for up-close learning on disaster preparedness, recovery and social programs.
Conference participants are also bringing home ideas resources they gathered during workshops and leadership training seminars as well as from the Exhibit Hall and City Showcase, spotlighting innovative and award-winning programs from cities and towns throughout the United States.
The National League of Cities in the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.