What NARC’s Move Means for Regions
Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2016): Yesterday the National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) staff unpacked boxes, perfected furniture placement, and started work in our new home at 660 North Capitol Street NW Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20001.
What does this mean for regions? It means a lot and here’s why:
OUR NEW NEIGHBORS ARE GREAT ALLIES
The National Association of Counties (NACo) and National League of Cities (NLC) are NARC’s hallmates in a beautiful, new building just steps from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This is a homecoming of sorts, because nearly fifty years ago NLC and NACo jointly created NARC (then “National Service to Regional Councils”) to recognize the value of regional organizations, facilitate cross-jurisdictional partnerships, and build stronger communities. Our ongoing dedication to these same principles will ensure NARC flourishes in 2017 and beyond.
NACo and NLC will also increase our capacity by sharing their technology and conference space with NARC. This means we can more easily host members, hold joint programmatic meetings, and facilitate online meetings and webinars.
UNITED FEDERAL ADVOCACY
Our shared location better positions the three organizations for federal advocacy on the many areas where our interests align and will increase the voice of local governments on the Hill. In addition, NARC will continue to leverage our unique position representing both elected community leaders and the regional councils on which they serve.
With the Presidential Inauguration and swearing-in of the 115th Congress less than three months away, there is much to be done. NARC’s 2017 National Conference of Regions is moving to the Washington Court Hotel, and the timing could not be better. Located just blocks from both Capitol Hill and NARC’s new offices, you will be perfectly located to outline your priorities to the new leadership in Washington. We also plan to take advantage of the conference’s new location with a congressional breakfast on February 15th to hear from congressional leaders on their plans for the 115th Congress.
The building is brand new, state-of-the-art, and LEED gold certified – meaning that it uses less water and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
OUR FORMER NEIGHBORS ARE GREAT ALLIES, TOO
A huge thanks to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) for hosting NARC for the past eight years. We are grateful for our relationship with MWCOG, their engagement, and especially for their flexibility during this move.