NLC Strategic Plan

Driving Change: A Bold New Approach

In order to chart a course that keeps the National League of Cities relevant to current and potential members while navigating the economic and political circumstances, we set forth on developing a three year strategic plan.

A Strategic Planning Task Force spent a year surveying, interviewing and listening to our individual members, leaders, councils, committees, constituency groups, state municipal leagues and staff.

We heard the feedback and we agree: it is time to transform the National League of Cities into the most relevant, powerful force for cities that it can be.

We're making a powerful new commitment as an organization. Going forward, everything we do will strive to embody eight core principles critical to our members. We will be:

  • Inclusive - nonpartisan, embracing diverse views, modeling civility, providing "many doors" into NLC
  • Focused - on what matters most to our members and municipalities nationwide
  • Valuable - as a resource and advocate for our members, and a partner to the state municipal leagues and federal policymakers
  • Influential - recognized as powerful, reliable and respected by federal policymakers
  • Visible - to our members, in Washington, DC, and in the news
  • Relationship Driven - building personal connections among members and with NLC staff
  • Forward Leaning - with compelling engagement opportunities and cutting edge ideas and technology
  • Financially Solid - with a diversified revenue model

To achieve this, we set five clear, powerful goals.

Clarence Anthony presents the Strategic Plan

Goal #1: Proactively drive federal policy.

Goal #2: Promote innovation and provide proven strategies and valuable resources.

Goal #3: Raise the profile of city governments as key leaders and partners in improving the quality of life for our nation.

Goal #4: Expand the capacity of city officials to serve as ethical, effective and engaged leaders.

Goal #5: Transform our organization so that it is focused on top priorities, fully aligned, nimble, accountable, and transparent.

Join us as we embark on this exciting transformation into a more streamlined, effective and value-driven organization!

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