Welcome to the National League of Cities! You are now a full-fledged member of our network, which is comprised of municipalities from across the country. Representing more than 19,000 cities, towns, and villages, NLC is the most powerful voice for local leaders in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to providing you with the tools, resources and networking opportunities to help you better serve your community and connect with other city leaders.

We want to make sure you’re getting the greatest value out of your membership, so we’ve assembled the following list of benefits and resources – all of which are available to you right now. Should you have any questions about the information below, please contact us anytime at memberservices@nlc.org or (877) 827-2385.


Networking Opportunities

NLC members are part of the nation’s largest network of municipal leaders. Members can serve on policy & advocacy committees, exchange ideas through member councils and constituency groups, and serve as (or connect with) mentors to further their career in public service.

Membership Directory – searchable database of NLC members.

Member Networking Councils – members convene to share ideas and solutions to common challenges.

Constituency Groups – groups that serve and represent diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC’s membership.

Issue Networks – groups organized around common issues including youth, education, and public safety.

NLC Leadership Fellows – appointed by the NLC President to enhance professional development and innovative thinking among city leaders.

Corporate Partners Leadership Council – makes recommendations for activities that promote the exchange of ideas between corporate and city leaders.

State Municipal Leagues – founding members of NLC and an important link between NLC and individual cities.

NLC Risk Information Sharing Consortium (NLC- RISC) – facilitates information sharing among risk pools, and develops programs and information designed to support pools in their operations and member service delivery.

Award Programs – NLC recognizes cities and their leadership in a variety of ways. Awards are also sources of best practices and innovative thinking.

Career Center – NLC’s online job board and career development portal.


Professional Development

NLC members have access to the most comprehensive professional development for city officials across the country. Whether through NLC University or discounted rates for NLC conferences and trainings, NLC helps build the leadership skills of its membership.

NLC University – a collaborative education and professional development initiative that helps municipal leaders — both elected and appointed — build the skills they need to better govern, serve, and advocate for their communities.

CitySummit – the premier national event for municipal leaders, featuring over 5000 attendees, 300 exhibitors, and the leading thinking in city issues.

Congressional City Conference – NLC’s annual policy and federal advocacy conference held each spring in Washington, D.C.

NLC University Leadership Summit – a retreat-style leadership conference featuring professional development courses, networking opportunities, and in-depth study of promising city practices.

Big Ideas – a speaker-driven series promoting innovative solutions to drive communities forward.

Webinars – each month, NLC offers free webinar-based education and updates on critical and timely issues facing cities.


News, Information, Tools and Resources

Valuable resources for city leaders, including accessible databases, directories, and sources of city news and updates about NLC.

The Weekly – our flagship weekly e-newsletter for NLC members; active members are automatically added to the recipient list.

Issue Newsletters – program-specific e-newsletters to stay ahead of the curve, available through issue networks.

CitiesSpeak Blog – the official blog of the National League of Cities.

City Practices Database – examples of initiatives and projects on a variety of topics being implemented now in cities of all sizes across the country.

GrantAccess – searchable database of over 5,000 opportunities for funding and financing.

NLC City Supplier Directory – searchable database of vendors, exhibitors, and service providers.


Federal Advocacy

Working in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues, NLC is a leading voice on Capitol Hill, advocating for policies that serve the nation’s cities, towns, and villages. As a member, you can stay on top of federal activity affecting your city through NLC’s advocacy leadership.

Policy and Advocacy Committees – comprised of members who provide leadership on federal policy issues.

Federal Advocacy Update – bi-weekly e-newsletter providing timely information about federal legislative, regulatory, and legal developments impacting local governments.

Advocacy Central – clearinghouse of tips and tools for advocacy work in Washington DC and at home.

Legislative Action Alerts – receive regular information, training, and skill-building opportunities, resources, and calls to action.


Research, Programs, & Technical Assistance

Through the Center for City Solutions and the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, NLC provides thought leadership on issues affecting cities through research, analysis, case studies, and technical assistance.

Research and Reports from Center for City Solutions – NLC’s center for subject matter expertise across all issues affecting cities.

City of the Future initiative – research project on technology, economics, climate, culture, and demographics.

State of the Cities report – comprehensive analysis of city trends based on annual State of the City addresses from mayors across the country.

Opportunities Through IYEF – featured RFPs for IYEF programs.

Tools & Resources Through IYEF – action kits, toolkits, strategy guides and other resources for issues affecting youth, education, and family.


Savings and Affinity Programs

NLC’s strategic partners offer value-added solutions and cost savings to cities and towns and their residences.

Build America Mutual – financial guaranty insurance on debt.

NLC Community Showcase Video Program – provides unique video programming at no cost to enhance websites.

NLC Prescription Discount Card Program – helps residents cope with the high cost of prescription medications.

NLC Service Line Warranty Program – affordable home protection solution that helps your residents save thousands of dollars on the high cost of repairing broken or leaking water or sewer lines.

Public Finance Authority – tax-exempt bond issuing authority created by local governments, for local governments, to augment and streamline economic development projects.

U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance – provides local agencies in the U.S. with competitively bid public contracts for various products and services.

The National Citizen Survey – data tool that helps local governments determine what a statistically valid sample of residents think about the quality and breadth of local government services.