Rosemount elected officials will serve in positions with the National League of Cities.
Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and Council member Jeff Weisensel will serve next year on committees of the National League of Cities (NLC) that set the organization’s policies on issues likely to come up in Congress and state legislatures.
Mayor Droste will be a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee. Council member Weisensel, who is also Chair of the Rosemount Port Authority, will serve on the Community and Economic Development Committee.
Committee memberships will allow the Rosemount officials to 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.
Mayor Droste will serve on the committee that has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving transportation. The issues include planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads, and ports.
Council member Weisensel’s assignment has lead responsibility to develop NLC’s positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.
The Mayor and Council member will meet in March with their colleagues from across the country during committee meetings at the League’s Congressional City Conference in Washington, D. C.
Rosemount City Council member Jeff Weisensel has been appointed to serve as a Leadership Fellow for the National League of Cities (NLC) in 2017. His duties include advising the NLC on education efforts to promote and educate local government leaders.
The organization operates a training program called NLC University. It helps local officials develop vital skills and abilities to facilitate good government and positive change in their communities. With partnerships and access to national experts, NLC University attempts to deliver real-world solutions and innovative new approaches to the challenges that city leaders face across the nation.
“Residents recognize participating in conferences, attending seminars, and networking are necessary to find innovations and fiscally sound solutions, and to drive community vitality, particularly for smaller communities like Rosemount,” Council member Weisensel said. “One solution brought back centered on a website platform allowing for better graphical presentations and data. That key learning increased our marketing efforts to site selectors, provided a virtual business incubator for local residents and businesses, and better budget transparency for residents. We learn from those that have come before us and serve those who follow.”
As a Leadership Fellow, Council member Weisensel will promote the training program and strengthen support for and networking among local officials who are committed to professional development and lifelong learning. Fellows also work to tie national efforts at local government leadership training to state organizations and to field test new platforms and models for training in local government.
Council member Weisensel began his third term on the Rosemount City Council this month. He also serves as Chair of the Rosemount Port Authority, the economic development agency for the City.
This is his second appointment as an NLC Leadership Fellow. Last year he was one of 23 Fellows and the only member from Minnesota.