NCLM Hosts Congressional Luncheons

The League’s ongoing series connecting federal and local leaders continued this summer with Rep. Valerie Foushee and Rep. David Rouzer

At the beginning of the summer, the NC League brought together federal lawmakers and local leaders through its Congressional Luncheon series.

First up was Rep. Valerie Foushee, who met with mayors and council members in Chapel Hill. Conversations ranged widely, from infrastructure and federal grant access to housing affordability and community health. Foushee is no stranger to these conversations from the municipal perspective, as her longtime governmental experience includes state legislative and local office. On a panel including NCLM President and Fuquay-Varina Commissioner William Harris with Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Congresswoman Foushee and her team recorded officials’ concerns and ideas. She also discussed the priorities of Congress and its need for focus on such pressing issues in our communities. The luncheon event, held at the Rizzo Center and arranged by the League with the NC Mayors Association and the NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, recognized the individual roles that governmental officials at all levels play together to achieve transformative changes across our state.

Next up was Rep. David Rouzer, who met with municipal officials from around his southeast North Carolina district in Wilmington. Over the course of the program, Congressman Rouzer provided updates from the Capitol and answered municipal officials’ questions about topics like federal grant access, coastal storm-damage reduction projects, broadband and more. The District 7 congressman also spent time in conversation with individual attendees.

NCLM thanks both Rep. Foushee and Rep. Rouzer for these incredibly productive events! When our federal and local leaders meet, build relationships, and discuss meaningful issues, all of North Carolina benefits.