Appointment to NLC CED Steering Committee

I was excited to learn today that I was appointed to the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development (CED) Steering Committee.  In 2011, I served on the policy committee, but the steering committee will allow me to provide more input into policies for doing community and economic development the right way.  As always I will focus on sustainable mixed use, mixed income, high quality development.

Here is the note:

January 6, 2012

Dear Community and Economic Development Steering Committee member:

On behalf of the National League of Cities (NLC), I am writing to congratulate you on your appointment to the 2012 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee.  Your experience and commitment will bring great value to NLC, communities around the country, and the efforts of the Committee.  Your term begins with the receipt of this notification and concludes at the adjournment of the 2012 Congress of Cities in Boston, MA in December.

This year’s Committee leadership team consists of Chair Neal Andrews, council member, Ventura, CA. Serving as this year’s Vice Chairs are Frank “Tony” Thomas, alderman, Savannah, GA, and Priscilla R. Tyson, council member, Columbus, OH.  The NLC staff contacts for your Committee are Michael Wallace and Stephanie Crandall.  Michael can be reached directly at 202.626.3025 or by e-mail at Stephanie can be reached at 202.626.3030 or by e-mail at  All of us at NLC look forward to working with you in this capacity this year.

I hope you are already planning to attend NLC’s Congressional City Conference March 10-14 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., and to join us for two important Committee meetings that will take place the afternoon of Sunday, March 11. At these meetings, the Committee will begin developing a work plan for the year, so your participation is important.  To assist you in preparing for the meetings, in early March, NLC will e-mail meeting materials, including the meeting room locations to you.  Optional events may take place before the committee meetings and we will send you that information as soon as it is available.

To register for the Conference, click here.

In addition to attending these meetings at the Conference while you are in Washington, I encourage you to schedule a meeting on Wednesday, March 14, with members of your congressional delegation to urge their support for NLC’s legislative priorities, which you’ll be learning more about in the coming weeks.

Finally, attached is a hometown press release, which I encourage you to personalize and share with your local media.  If you have any questions regarding media relations, please contact Mandy Straub at or Greg Minchak at

Again, congratulations on your appointment, and I look forward to working with you this year.



Ted Ellis


National League of Cities

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