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National League of Cities offers free membership to Puerto Rico municipalities

By on March 14, 2018

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) announced Wednesday an agreement with the National League of Cities (NLC) whereby the island’s 78 municipalities will receive a free membership, valued at $285,343 annually, for the next two years.

Among the benefits offered by the NLC, mayors and their employees will count on the efforts of seven lobbyists in Washington, D.C., who advocate exclusively for member cities.

Mayors may also participate in NLC’s Congressional City Conference, which is currently taking place in Washington, D.C., where more than 2000 leaders gather to represent and advocate for the interests of their cities and listen to “policymakers and thought leaders on the issues that matter to cities.”

Ponce Mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez addressed conference participants about the recovery efforts of Puerto Rican towns in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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Access to the Institute of Youth, Education and Family, as well as the database of federal proposals, which has more than 7,000 financing opportunities, are some of the other member benefits.

“The municipalities of Puerto Rico will be able to benefit from an exclusive program that will allow them to establish relationships with other American jurisdictions to share best practices. In addition, they will have at their disposal tools that will allow them to obtain federal funds needed for the reconstruction and recovery of all the municipalities of Puerto Rico,” PRFAA Executive Director Carlos Mercader said in a statement.

NLC is a non-governmental and non-partisan organization that, through its various legislative programs and efforts, advocates for the well-being of U.S. cities.

According to the NLC, it advocates for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million people.

Ponce Mayor María Meléndez welcomed New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, with whom he talked about the southern Puerto Rican town’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, compared to Landrieu’s experience with Hurricane Katrina. (Courtesy photo)

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