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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 
February 13, 2014    

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer           

Office:  623-882-7053; michael.sakal@goodyearaz.gov

Goodyear council members continue to have a voice in Washington

 

The city of Goodyear will continue to have a voice in Washington through its city council members who have been re-appointed to serve in high-profile positions with the National League of Cities.
 

Council members Wally Campbell, Sheri Lauritano, Joanne Osborne and Bill Stipp have been appointed or re-appointed to the respective steering committees they have served on with the National League of Cities, sharing ideas and learning how to work on various issues with other city officials from throughout the United States.

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. The council members will return to the National League of Cities Congressional Conference in March for the third straight year and will attend the NLC Conference in November in Austin, Tex.

Campbell was re-appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure Services Policy and Advocacy Committee and Military Communities Council, Osborne was is serving on the Human Development Steering Committee, and Lauritano and Stipp were re-appointed to serve on the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

“Transportation is such an integral part of every community,” Campbell said. “We need to seek more federal funds and determine how to use them to make travel easier. Goodyear and the West Valley are growing, and we need to be able to move people quicker. We need to complete Loop 303 to the south.”

Osborne said, “I welcome the opportunity to work with elected officials from other cities and share ideas and develop strategies that help people.”
 

Councilman Stipp said he sees the opportunity to serve on the committee as a “two-way” benefit. “Not only is it getting to serve on a national level, but we’ll be gaining perspective on how to make better decisions as a governing body,” Stipp said.

Lauritano also was appointed as the next chair of the NLC’s International Council for a one-year term that last through Nov. 2014.

The council discusses international topics such trade between Pacific Northwest cities and Pacific Rim countries and the emerging economic strength and diversity of Brazil in U.S. markets. “It’s an honor to be chosen to serve as chair of the International Council,” Lauritano said. “We do a lot of hard work to bring cities together and work on common issues that face cities across the nation.”

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