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March 6, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053; 

      Goodyear City Council members to be recognized in Washington

Two Goodyear City Council members have been recognized for their leadership and service to the National League of Cities, an organization that allows city officials to have a voice in issues facing the country.
Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne, who recently was named to the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee, and Councilmember Wally Campbell each received the NLC’s Bronze Level Award in its Certificate of Leadership program.
Sponsored by the NLC Leadership Training Institute (LTI), the award will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the annual Congressional City Conference where six Goodyear City Council members will be March 9 through March 13.
As part of the NLC mission to create stronger communities, the Leadership Training Institute provides local officials with professional development opportunities to assist them in promoting positive change and innovation.
To achieve the Bronze level, a local official must earn 16 credits in five core areas of municipal leadership: Personal growth and development, leading effective governance, effective communications and media relations, building communities through inspiration and empowerment and leading innovation and managing change.
In addition to serving on the Human Development Steering Committee, Osborne also is serving on the Council on Youth, Education and Families.
“I welcome the opportunity to work with fellow elected officials and representatives from major national organizations to address important issues,” Osborne said. “As a member of the Human Development Steering Committee, we’ll discuss many national issues and how we address them such as social services, children and learning, employment and workforce development, Social Security and seniors, public health care, mental health, and immigration reform.”
Campbell is serving on the Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee and the Military Communities Council at the conference.
“It’s important for our city to have a voice at the table in Washington,” Campbell said. “It also gives us a chance to learn the best practices from what other cities are doing, and it helps me to be a better council person.” Transportation is such an integral part of every community. Goodyear also is a military community and we support our military families.”
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. The NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
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