"This is a great opportunity to share some of Portland's best practices re: in key policy areas including city planning and policy, diversity and inclusion, public health and education. It is also a unique opportunity to listen and learn how other cities are tackling tough problems."
At-Large City Councilor Jill Duson is part of a delegation of Portland councilors attending the National League of Cities 2017 Congressional City Conference.
SUNDAY MARCH 12TH - Yesterday at the National League of Cities - Federal Advisory Committee Meetings
Councilor Duson is a member of the NLC Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advisory Committee (EENR). The EENR is responsible for leading NLC’s advocacy on sustainability-related issues such as water infrastructure and water quality, air quality, energy, climate change, solid and hazardous waste management, local food systems, and public lands. EENR members from across the country met this Sunday and prioritized issues pertaining to water infrastructure, including financing mechanisms for new and existing infrastructure, climate impacts on water and critical infrastructure to sustain resilient communities.
MONDAY MARCH 13TH - Today at the National league of Cities - Workshops Attended
Energy and Climate Policy: What’s Next?
With the new Administration comes uncertainty and change to federal climate and energy policy, potentially affecting the Clean Power Plan and the U.N. Climate Agreement. As cities continue to take action on improving energy efficiency, using renewable energy, and building community resilience to future extreme weather events, we seek a federal partner to support these efforts. The session focused on shifting federal policy re: climate and energy; progress at the local level toward city’s sustainability and climate goals absent new federal action, and how to resist state or federal preemption of local action.
Immigration Reform: Rising Above the Rhetoric
Cities have always been and always will be home to immigrants, a population that contributes to the city's economic vitality. It’s important for city leaders to rise above the rhetoric of “sanctuary cities” and understand the relationship between the federal government and the city regarding immigration. In this session we heard about the Administration's plans for immigration reform and the potential impacts of regulatory actions on cities, including actions that might prevent cities from receiving federal funding. The focus was on how fellow local leaders are navigating the challenges, and what some communities are doing to integrate immigrants.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH – Tomorrow at the National league of Cities – Jill Will Attend
The Affordable Care Act: Preparing for Change
Amend or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ?considering the potential impact on your city? healthcare costs increases and other economic impacts? Learn about the plans for changes to the ACA, including regulatory actions that may alter rules of the game. How to plan and advocate in response to ACA changes.
Tackling the Crisis Together: Town Hall on Opioid Action
Cities across the country are increasingly affected by the opioid crisis. A deep dive on the opioid epidemic to better understand local capacity, learn of resources available to communities, and hear about federal funding opportunities. A "Town Hall" style session identifying and sharing best and promising practices across the nation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSADY – Hill Day Visits with members of Congress representing Portland.
Portland City Councilors will be meet with Maine's Congressional Delegation, including Sen. Collins, Sen. King, and Rep. Pingree.
"This is a great opportunity to share some of Portland's best practices re: in key policy areas including city planning and policy, diversity and inclusion, public health and education. It is also a unique opportunity to listen and learn how other cities are tackling tough problems." - Jill