FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2015
Councilmember Jermaine Reed of Kansas City, Missouri’s Third District has been invited by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-Mo.) to attend the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama is expected to expand on his plan to increase affordable and competitive broadband options in urban communities in his Address. The President recognized Kansas City as a leader in this area, “paving the way for economic revitalization” through our affordable high-speed broadband. Kansas City’s broadband ultimately improved the economy of the region by attracting new start-ups and retaining existing businesses.
In addition to attending the State of the Union Address, Councilmember Reed – a newly appointed Board Member of the National League of Cities (NLC) – will be accompanied by top officials from the organization in several meetings with high-ranking federal officials to share innovative trends in local and state policy initiatives.
The National League of Cities is the nation’s leading advocacy and membership organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. Through its membership and partnerships with state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource and advocate for more than 19,000 cities and towns and more than 218 million Americans.
“I look forward to representing Kansas City’s Third District and sharing local stories of impact with officials in Washington, DC,” stated Councilmember Reed. “During my time in our nation’s capital, I will seek new opportunities to build partnerships and improve collaboration with federal government to continue strengthening Kansas City’s economy.”
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Shontrice Patillo, Legislative Aide to Councilman Reed, at 816-513-6513.