City Manager's Report: Council Member Mireya Turner Appointed to National Leadership Positions
LAKEPORT, Calif…The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced the election of Lakeport Councilmember Mireya G. Turner to three committees within the organization that is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
NLC committees and councils bring together leaders from communities that are similar in size, type or another important characteristic. Turner will represent the City of Lakeport and the Redwood Empire Division of the League.
The Community and Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness. In addition, the Committee leads efforts in support of federal grant programs that support these activities, including the Community Development Block Grant program. Turner was elected to a one-year term, announced by NLC President Kathy Maness, councilmember, Lexington, South Carolina.
The Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council provides a space for local elected officials to connect on building equitable communities. The leadership of the REAL Council offers tangible insights and opportunities to apply a racial equity lens within cities and within each NLC leadership structure.
As a member of the Small Cities Council (SCC), Turner will participate in sharing ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting small cities. Small cities (those with populations of 50,000 or less) make up 80 percent of NLC membership. The SCC advocates on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.
“Our member councils are the voices of what’s happening on the ground in our communities,” said Maness. “I am proud to have Mireya Turner join these committees on behalf of her residents and the region.”
“These appointments are a big deal for Lakeport to be represented at the national level by Councilmember Turner. We appreciate and applaud her engagement with the NLC’s advocacy efforts, stated Kevin M. Ingram, City Manager. Turner is serving her second term on the Lakeport City Council.