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Elizabeth Bennett-Parker Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Committee

WASHINGTON — DECEMBER 17, 2018 — Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Vice Mayor-Elect of Alexandria, VA has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Community and Economic Development (CED) 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 Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana.

“I started my career at the National League of Cities and it’s an honor to return on behalf of the City of Alexandria as a member who will fight for affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space at the federal level,” stated Vice Mayor-Elect Bennett-Parker, “Our city is an example of how to balance a rich history with an innovative future and I look forward to sharing our story with fellow elected officials from across the country.”

As a committee member, Bennett-Parker 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 administration and at home.

“Our federal advocacy committees help ensure that policymakers in Washington know what’s happening on the ground in our communities – and what is needed from our federal partners,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, and president of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I am proud to have Elizabeth Bennett-Parker join NLC’s Community and Economic Development Committee on behalf of her residents. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Laurie-Anne Sayles, Councilmember, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Vice Chair Kristopher Dahir, Councilmember, Sparks, Nevada, and Vice Chair Kevin Thompson, Councilmember, Mesa, Arizona.

For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit:

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.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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