Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release For More Information:
December 21, 2016 Av Harris (203) 814-7992
Ganim Praises Selection of Bridgeport City Council Member Jeanette Herron to Serve on National Community and Economic Development Panel
Herron Only Person from CT on Federal Advocacy Committee for National League of Cities; Several Bridgeport City Council Members Chosen for Other Committees
Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim today is congratulating Bridgeport City Council member Jeanette Herron (D-133) and praising her recent selection to serve on the National League of Cities (NLC) Community and Economic Development Committee. Herron is the only person from Connecticut to serve on this crucial national committee that helps represent cities across the country advocate for continued federal investments in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and brownfield remediation grants. These are crucial Congressional appropriations through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies that help municipalities – especially in the northeast – revitalize former industrial sites into housing, retail and other uses such as education and high tech manufacturing. Elsewhere in the country the NLC Community and Economic Development also advocates for clean water and water conservation to limit impacts of contamination and drought.
“Councilwoman Jeannette Herron is a very strong advocate for Bridgeport at the national level and it is quite an honor that she has been chosen to serve on this critical committee,” said Mayor Ganim. “Jeannette will speak strongly for Bridgeport on the community and economic development panel and help focus the work of our Congressional delegation to investing in the growing economic engine that is Bridgeport. We all recognize that investing in our urban centers contributes to increasing prosperity in an entire region. We are very proud that Jeanette is the only person from Connecticut on this committee and I look forward to working with her to bringing more essential federal investments to the Park City!”
Councilwoman Herron said, “Serving on the Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee for the National League of Cities is great honor for me. In my public service career I have really tried to focus on brownfield remediation, and I previously served as co-chair of the CDBG committee for my city council district for the last decade. These federal dollars make a big difference in our community by creating real jobs and improving the quality of life in Bridgeport. We have many contaminated former industrial sites that are a potential gold mine of investment, and our goal is to turn as many of these properties around from blighted brownfields into prosperous and environmentally safe parcels of land for development. I will do everything I can to continue to make this a reality for Bridgeport.”
Herron’s appointment to the NLC Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee lasts for one year, and will be complete in November 2017. Herron was one of several Bridgeport City Council members appointed to NLC committees although her appointment is new. Other members were reappointed to their respective committees. A complete listing of Bridgeport appointees to NLC committees is below.
“The Bridgeport City Council has long been actively involved in key committees of the National League of Cities (NLC), as a critical path toward staying abreast of key federal issues affecting Bridgeport and as well as leveraging federal funding to help pay for key Bridgeport initiatives and to help restrain property taxes on city residents and businesses,” said Ron Thomas, CCM Deputy Director. “And the extensive municipal experience of the Bridgeport councilmembers coming onto these NLC committees will also undoubtedly benefit city, the State and municipal leaders from across the country.”
Bridgeport Representation on NLC Committees
NLC Board of Directors
Thomas McCarthy (re-elected November 2016)
Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations
National Caucus Leadership
Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)
Lydia N. Martinez – First Vice President
Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia – Second Vice President
CCM Policy Committees
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
Community and Economic Development
Public Safety and Crime Prevention
Other National Caucuses/Committees
University Communities Council Steering Committee
2016 Nominating Committee
NLC Policy and Advocacy Committee Descriptions
The Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee is responsible for developing national and international policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.
The Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources (EENR) Committee is responsible for developing national and international policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, and solid and hazardous waste management.
The Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, Census, municipal bonds and capital finance, municipal management, antitrust issues, citizen participation and civil rights, labor relations, Native American sovereignty and municipal authority.
The Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) Committee is responsible for developing national and international policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.