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NASHVILLE (March 6, 2020) – ThinkTennessee, Athens City Manager C. Seth Sumner and Mayors Ken Moore (Franklin) and Chaz Molder (Columbia) will share their efforts to grow local civic engagement Monday, March 9 as part of the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

The annual conference provides local officials from across the country the opportunity to engage with peers and thought leaders and learn emerging practices to strengthen their communities.

Modeled in part on Tennessee Mayors Growing Civic Engagement (TMGCE), the National League of Cities (NLC) is expected to launch Cities Vote, a new national network of cities, towns and villages seeking to ensure that everyone counts in every election.

Cities Vote will feature a peer-to-peer learning community that shares successes, challenges and best practices for increasing voter participation and civic engagement.

NLC invited these Tennessee leaders to attend the conference and share their strategies with other local leaders around the country seeking to replicate their efforts.

The TMGCE members’ presentation will provide an overview of how they are working to deepen engagement in their communities. It will include a detailed look at Franklin’s efforts to regularly engage with the community and work with partners, Athens’ deliberative engagement and communication with the community and Columbia’s innovative efforts to civically engage the city’s youth.

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