Mayor declares ‘National Cities, Towns and Villages Month’

Published 11:03 am Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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On May 8, Farmville Mayor Brian Vincent proclaimed May “National Cities, Towns, and Villages Month” in recognition of the importance of local government service. The proclamation is part of a national effort to uplift municipal governments led by the National League of Cities (NLC), a nonpartisan organization of city, town and village leaders, focused on improving the quality of life for their current and future residents.

As the proclamation states, “local governments are the bedrock of American democracy, providing 336 million residents with the most accountable, responsive, inclusive, ethical, and transparent government in the world.” The proclamation goes on to note, “from the nation’s smallest villages to its largest cities, America’s local governments have been essential in transforming the United States of America in to the greatest, most influential nation in world history.”

“It is important to recognize that local government is the first and most fundamental touch point of democracy for our citizens,” said Mayor Vincent. “We must celebrate those who endeavor to serve selflessly in the pursuit of the greater good, but also recognize and celebrate those organizations like NLC who keep our municipal leaders informed and inspired for the present into the future, while also advocating for our best interests at the national level. As Pres. Teddy Roosevelt knew, stepping into the arena is not without peril. So I gladly shine a light on those who do so under the banner of service to their community.”

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National Cities, Towns, and Villages Month is part of the year- long centennial celebration of the National League of Cities, which was founded in 1924. Today, NLC provides local leaders with resources to help govern and advocates on behalf of the nation’s cities, towns, and villages in Washington, DC. (City) is a member of the National League of Cities.

“NLC’s historic 100th anniversary is a chance to reflect on the contributions local governments have made, look ahead to the next 100 years, and thank the mayors, city councilmembers, and staff who have dedicated themselves to leading our communities,” said NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony. “Stepping up to serve your community is a sacrifice, and oftentimes a thankless one. So let us honor our local public servants.”

Throughout May 2024, hundreds of local governments are issuing similar proclamations, and will be ringing bells on May 22 to commemorate the occasion.