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Gyna Bivens appointed vice chair of National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee

Posted Jan. 3, 2017

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District 5 Councilmember Gyna Bivens has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee.

This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Matt Zone of Cleveland.

“Having a seat at the table of a policy committee is an honor, but it is also a humbling experience,” Bivens said. “Being able to engage with and learn from city officials from across the nation benefits the entire City of Fort Worth since this committee actually drives policy positons on factors that enhance — or detract from — our quality of life. Whether positive or negative, city officials around the nation are able to share their experiences with business and retail outlets. Discussions about those exchanges is helpful to all city leaders who are passionate about making sure the development they bring is community- friendly.”

As vice chair of the committee, Bivens will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the new administration and at home.

This year’s chair of the CED committee is Gerri Schroder, a councilmember in Henderson, Nev. Also serving with Bivens as vice chair is Johnnie Warren, council president in Oakwood Village, Ohio.

The National League of Cities 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.

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