Pittsburgh site for National League of Cities 2016 convention
The governing board of the National League of Cities has chosen Pittsburgh as the site of its 2016 Congress of Cities and Exposition, which will draw thousands of local government officials from around the country to the city.
That year will also mark the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh city government.
“I want to thank the NLC for this honor, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to show off Pittsburgh to fellow government officials from around the nation,” Mayor William Peduto said. “It’s going to be a great birthday.”
One of the mayor’s first acts in office was to rejoin the league, where he had long been a delegate from the Pennsylvania Municipal League. This year alone the NLC has awarded the city $230,000 for a program seeking to enroll eligible children in health care programs, and it announced plans to soon hold a community forum in Pittsburgh on early childhood education with the U.S. Department of Education.
The selection was made after a vote by NLC’s Board of Directors at their annual meeting in Saint Paul, Minn.
“We are thrilled that the Congress of Cities and Exposition will be hosted by the City of Pittsburgh on the city’s 200th anniversary,” said NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. “Pittsburgh is an excellent place for our conference and has a great story to tell.
“The city’s rich history and recent urban renewal has transformed the Steel City into a strong economic center with a diverse and educated workforce. Pittsburgh has been a leader in sustainability and technology efforts, and can provide great examples of city programs for local leaders attending our conference.”
The Congress of Cities and Exposition will be held November 16-19, 2016. It is expected to attract more than 3,500 participants to Pittsburgh and include 300 exhibition booths.
“Hosting the National League of Cities brings a tremendous amount of visibility and prestige to the Pittsburgh region in addition to the economic impact the actual conference will garner,” says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.
Registration is still open for this year’s NLC conference in Austin, Texas, held November 18-22, 2014.
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.