In a letter congratulating Howard for his NLC committee appointment, NLC President Ted Ellis wrote, “Your experience and commitment will bring great value to the NLC, communities around the country, and the efforts of the Committee.” With this group, opportunities abound for Howard to trumpet Charlotte’s message, including during the NLC’s Congressional City Conference this March in Washington, D.C. Howard’s current term on the committee will run through the December adjournment of the 2012 Congress of Cities in Boston.
As for Howard’s appointment to the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ Planning and Environment LAC, he’ll work to help develop and promote a legislative agenda to support the core value issues of the organization. The committee will collaborate with other LACs formed by the organization to recommend advocacy goals to the Board of Directors, which will then propose the goals to the full membership for discussion, debate and approval. The LACs will also be closely involved with advocacy efforts during legislative sessions.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named to these committees, and I’m proud to have an opportunity to learn best practices from, and share them with, other local and national leaders,” Howard said. “I believe there’s a lot of valuable information we can glean from one another, and I look forward to singing Charlotte’s praises while addressing the universal challenges we face.”