Athas Re-appointed to National League of Cities’ First Tier Suburbs Council
Garland, Texas – January 27, 2011 – Douglas Athas, Garland City Council District 1, was re-appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2011 First Tier Suburbs Council. The First Tier Suburbs Council works to address the unique set of challenges faced by municipalities located outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas.
“The challenges facing first-tier suburbs like Garland are unique. While we have been fortunate to gather good practices from other cities, we have also been able to share many of the successes that have been developed locally,” said Council member Athas. “Our participation in the First Tier Suburbs Council has garnered positive national attention for us several times over the last few years, especially some our economic development initiatives and work-force training, our efforts to strengthen neighborhoods, and how we are repositioning to continue growing even after the city has been built out.”
This re-appointment begins Council member Athas’ fourth year of service on the First Tier Suburbs Council, having served as chair last year.
The 2011 chair of the First Tier Suburbs Council is Jim Woodward, Mayor At Large, Englewood, Colo. Working as this year’s vice chairs are Denny Doyle, Mayor Beaverton, Ore. and Joe Garcia, Council Member, Monrovia, Calif.
Local elected officials use the Council as an opportunity to network with one another and discuss common needs and articulate their unique challenges and opportunities. First tier suburbs benefit from proximity to job centers and established neighborhoods, but also confront challenges such as regional cooperation, housing and transportation needs, changing demographics, education and revitalization.
The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.