Smart Growth America's Top 12 of 2012: Connecting mayors and city leaders from across the country

The Local Leaders Council’s Advisory Board convened in Washington, D.C. in October.

We’re doing a special blog series this month highlighting some of Smart Growth America’s favorite accomplishments from 2012. This is the eleventh of twelve installments.

In October we proudly launched Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, a nonpartisan group of local elected officals who share a passion for building great towns, cities and communities.

Representing diverse communities of all sizes from across the United States, members of the Local Leaders Council are using smart growth strategies to help their hometowns compete and grow in today’s economy, generate better return on taxpayer investment, provide transportation and housing choices for their residents, and create vibrant places where people want to live, work, and play.

The Local Leaders Council shares and promotes effective policies and programs with fellow elected officials across the country. The Council supports those who are implementing smart growth strategies and advises Smart Growth America about how state and federal decisions affect local communities.

The Council’s Advisory Board is comprised of 22 municipal leaders from across the nation, representing big cities, rural towns, and suburban communities, each with their own set of challenges and opportunities. These local leaders convened for the first time on October 1, 2012 in Washington, DC, to discuss shared goals and deliberate on the services the Council would provide its members.

The Advisory Board provides ongoing guidance to Smart Growth America on issues of strategy, management, process, and policy development. The Board meets several times a year and the two Co-Chairs work closely with Smart Growth America staff to advise and guide the services and activities of the Local Leaders Council.

We are excited to have put together this amazing advisory group in 2012, and look forward to doing great things with them in 2013. Help make it possible by donating to Smart Growth America today:

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