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Birmingham City Councilors Appointed to the National League of Cities Communities Council

PRESS RELEASE                                                                   Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-254-2036

BIRMINGHAM, AL– A big honor for Birmingham City Councilors! President Johnathan Austin, Councilor Kim Rafferty, Councilor Lashunda Scales, and Councilor Marcus Lundy have been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) Communities Council. The University Communities Council is made up of local leaders from communities where a university is a dominant factor, and provides input and guidance to ensure that the needs and interests of municipal officials from university communities are included in NLC programs and services. NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, announced the appointment.

“It is always an honor to represent our city on such a large platform such as NLC,” President Austin said. “This opportunity gives us the chance to meet and discuss relevant topics with our colleagues from other cities.” Councilors Rafferty, Scales, and Lundy echoed President Austin’s statement adding, “We are looking forward to being able to share this opportunity with President Austin.” I am confident that the insight gained through our time on this committee will prove valuable for the citizens of Birmingham.”

As a members of the council, Birmingham City Councilors will play a role in informing NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration and at home. Issues covered by the council include economic development, transportation and infrastructure, sustainability, noise and other nuisances, housing and neighborhood concerns and partnerships between the university and the city or town.

“The University Communities Council provides an important voice for the nation’s cities and towns where colleges and universities are central to the community,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO & Executive Director of the National League of Cities. “Service on this council helps to ensure that the challenges and opportunities faced by university communities are heard on a national level, from Capitol Hill to the White House.”

About The National League of Cities (NLC)

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

For more information please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205-254-2036 or