Arceneaux-Mathis named to National League of Cities advocacy committee

Published 12:20 am Sunday, May 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — Natchez Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2017 Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee.  This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness.  The appointment was announced by NLC President Matt Zone, Cleveland, Ohio, councilmember.

“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed to this most prestigious committee by President Matt Zone, National League of Cities,” Arceneaux-Matis said. “This committee embodies all of the quality of life issues that continually resonate within city government.  I am very concerned with the housing needs of all of the citizens of Natchez.  Economic growth, development and prosperity are vital to Natchez and Adams County. Preserving the historical integrity of the city, developing new tourism projects in heritage tourism and creating growth in recreation activities are all part of the comprehensive plan of the city of Natchez.

“I will work hard to promote this mission and integrate these policy positions while working with the board of directors of the Mississippi Municipal League and as the state director for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials,” she said.

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As a committee member, Arceneaux-Mathis will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the new administration and at home.  Arceneaux-Mathis previously served on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the NLC and is currently serving on REAL (Racial Equity and Leadership).

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Gerri Schroder, Henderson, Nevada, councilmember and Vice Chairs Gyna Bivens Fort Worth, Texas, councilmember and Johnnie Warren, Oakwood Village, Ohio, councilmember.

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, representing more than 218 million Americans.  Natchez has been a member of the National League of Cities for more than 50 years.