LACEY MAYOR ANDY RYDER APPOINTED CHAIR TO NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES MILITARY COMMUNITIES COUNCIL
LACEY, WA, December 21, 2015: Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder has been appointed as Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Military Communities Council. Members of the Military Communities Council come from municipalities that host or are in close proximity to a military installation and face unique challenges due to this circumstance. The appointment was announced by NLC President Melodee Colbert-Kean, Councilmember, Joplin, Missouri.
“Being appointed as Chair to this Council is an honor,” stated Mayor Ryder. “Especially when you consider our close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. We want to be good neighbors to the base, and serving on the Military Communities Council helps us to be better neighbors.”
As Chair of this Council, Mayor Ryder will play a role in informing NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration, and at home.
Points of interest to the group include transportation and infrastructure concerns, strategies for collaborating with the local military leadership, ways and means to assist in the process of retaining missions, and attracting additional mission sets to supported installations. In addition, the Council regularly discusses ideas and programs designed to successfully integrate veterans, participants in the Department of Defense's Wounded Warrior Program, families of deployed service members, and troops into the fabric of the community.
The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. It is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit www.nlc.org.
For more information, contact Stephen Kirkman, Public Affairs Manager, at (360) 456-7788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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