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National League of Cities Brings Centennial ‘Roadshow’ to Cleveland

May 07, 2024

Cleveland City Council is honored to announce its participation as an official stop on the National League of Cities (NLC) Centennial Roadshow: 100 Years, 100 Cities. This initiative is part of NLC’s year-long celebration, marking a century of commitment to advancing local government and advocating for the interests of cities, towns and villages nationwide. 

The roadshow, organized by NLC, includes stops at 100 cities in every region of the country, aimed at spotlighting the diversity, resilience, and transformation of America’s local communities. The roadshow kicked off in February at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where NLC was founded. Over the next several months, the roadshow will tour coast-to-coast, stopping in cities of all sizes to showcase the unique stories of municipalities. NLC is planning to be at Cleveland City Hall at 4 pm, Wednesday, May 8th.

“We’re excited to be one of the cities NLC stops in to commemorate their 100th anniversary. NLC has been and continues to be a resource for cities of all sizes,” said Council President Blaine A. Griffin. “It is dedicated to helping cities and council members be successful in implementing, improving, or scaling up new and big ideas and pushing federal agencies and administrations to support municipalities.”

Cleveland City Council members have been active in NLC for decades. Currently, Council President Griffin serves as chair of NLC’s Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee as well as a member of the NLC’s Board of Directors. Councilman Brian Kazy is a member of NLC’s Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. And Clerk of Council Patricia Britt is a long-time member of their Community and Economic Development Committee. Finally, former Councilman Matt Zone was president of the NLC in 2017 and the late George Voinovich served as president while Mayor of Cleveland. 

“It is truly an honor for NLC to visit remarkable municipalities, like Cleveland that have made significant contributions to the advancement of local government over the past 100 years,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities. “Each of these cities has played a pivotal role in moving our local communities forward and has a unique story that showcases transformative change. As we celebrate and chart a course for the next 100 years, I am more excited than ever for the future of cities, towns, and villages and look forward to continuing important work together.” 

As the journey progresses, the roadshow will continue making stops in cities across the country, including Tampa, Florida, where NLC will host its annual City Summit conference and culminating event this November. 

For more information about the roadshow or to learn more about NLC’s centennial events or initiatives, visit 

About the National League of Cities: 

The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people across the country. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions.