Why Not a Mayor This Time?

With Michael Bloomberg's entry into the Democratic presidential primary, this year's contest has more mayors and former mayors than ever (Bloomberg, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro and Sanders, along with at least two who dropped out). While few mayors have ever run for or won the presidency, the increasing focus of cities on national issues like climate change, immigration and health makes the job of President a more natural fit, not to mention their daily role as Problem-Solver-In-Chief. 
President, National Civic League

New York Adopts Ranked Choice Voting
New York City joined a small but growing list of cities to embark on an ambitious experiment in election reform. Advocates of "ranked choice voting" (RCV) hope the reform will increase voter participation, open up the system to a more diverse set of candidates and discourage negative campaigning. 
Pforzheimer Fellowship Awardees Announced
The Pforzheimer-National Civic League Fellowship program seeks to further student knowledge of and interest in community engagement, community planning, community development, local government administration, and civic affairs. Congratulations to the 2019 Fellowship Awardees!

Preaching to the Choir: Authentic Civic Engagement 
La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was a keynote speaker at the 2019 All-America City Awards. In her remarks, she explained the Kellogg Foundation's approach to civic engagement, which includes: cooperative planning, intelligent study and group action. 

Kettering Foundation Hosts Mayoral Learning Exchange
In conjunction with the National League of Cities' City Summit, a group of elected officials from across the country gathered alongside public participation experts for an afternoon of sharing and brainstorming. The group spoke about successful civic engagement efforts in their communities, shared difficulties and imagined solutions.   

Anniversary Feature: 125 Examples of Civic Capital
In honor of the League's 125th Anniversary, we will be using our newsletter to highlight 125 community initiatives that use civic capital to solve problems and build equitable, thriving communities. These towns, cities and counties have been recognized for engaging community members in collaborative efforts to address community problems. 

Contribute to the League's Thriving Communities Fund
For 125 years, we have helped hundreds of communities find success. Please join us in continuing our work to strengthen civic engagement, empowering communities to become more equitable and thrive. Before this year comes to end, we hope to raise $25,000 to start our "Thriving Communities Fund."

Additional Information & Upcoming Events

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles on the topic of resiliency. 
The deadline for the winter issue is December 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 

2020 All-America City Applications Due February 19th. 

Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member  Cities and Towns:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Kershaw County, SC
Lakewood, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Colorado Health Foundation
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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