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Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch appointed Chair of the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee

Tuesday January 14, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has been appointed 2014 Chair of the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee.

“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with other city leaders across our nation on issues that are so important to our citizens,” said Welch. “I am honored to represent our great city at a national level.”

The Committee has the lead responsibility for development NLC federal policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

The appointment was announced by NLC President, Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota.

As chair of the Committee, Councilwoman Welch will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration and at home.

She has been a member of the Human Development Steering Committee since 2009. In May of that year, she hosted the Committee in Louisville to highlight the South Park TAPP School which is a successful program that handles issues surrounding teen pregnancy. Welch served two years as Vice Chair of the Committee before her appointment this year.

“There are still many economic issues impacting our citizens, cities and towns across this country that deal with providing services with limited budgets, especially in the area of human services,” said Welch. “It is important that our cities let state and federal government leaders know what we need and how we can help.”

Serving as this year’s Vice Chairs of the Human Development Steering Committee are Mia Gregarson, deputy mayor SeaTac, Washington and Angelia Williams, Councilmember, Norfolk, Virginia.

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