Students to advise James Mitchell

Charlotte District 2 representative James Mitchell has developed an opportunity for ten college juniors with at least 65 credit hours to participate as his policy advisory group during his term as National League of Cities President, a post that he was recently appointed to.

The opportunity will provide the students an informal and up-close view of policy making in the national arena.  The students will observe and follow NLC policy development and provide input about how those policies could impact Charlotte.

The students attend Johnson C. Smith University and are pursuing degrees in communications, political science, social work and business administration.

The students are: Toura Perkins, Bishop Walker, Sean Moore, William H. Glover, Laura Ashley Taylor, MeCia Moore, Phylecia Trimm, Shanell Campbell, Angela Dilworth, Kiara Canty.

The advisory group will be involved through the end of the year and their activities will include attending the NLC Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting in Washington, D.C., the NLC Congressional City Conference in March in Washington, D.C., and the NLC Board of Directors Meeting in July in Charlotte.

NLC policy areas to be studied are:

• Community and Economic Development

• Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

• Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations

• Human Development

• Information Technology and Communications

• Public Safety and Crime Prevention

• Transportation Infrastructure and Services

IBM and BlueRange Technology are supporting the effort by providing each student with a tablet computer.

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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