SOUTHERN CITY QUARTER 3 2022 12 Congressional Luncheons Bring Together Local Leaders and Federal Lawmakers LEAGUE UPDATE n the spring of 2022, NCLM hosted two Congressional Luncheons, bringing together our local leaders with our federal lawmakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing both our cities and our state. The League first hosted Rep. David Price and Rep. Deborah Ross in Raleigh for a discussion moderated by Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. Next, NCLM hosted Rep. Patrick McHenry in Hickory for a talk moderated by Hickory Mayor Hank Guess. With both covered in local news outlets and with both covering a broad array of important issues, these Congressional Luncheons developed relationships between local and federal leaders, and allowed nationwide topics to be discussed in the context of local communities, said NCLM Executive Director Rose Vaughn Williams. “We were thrilled to have so many NC cities and towns represented for key discussions,” said Williams. “These strong relationships and the opportunities we discussed have the potential to usher in transformative change across our state.” Photos from the events can be seen below. Stay tuned to League announcements for additional Congressional Luncheons planned in your area with your member of Congress. I All photos by Ben Brown.