Superior Mayor Mila Besich has been named to the National League of Cities’ 2021 Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee, where she will help give strategic direction to the league’s federal advocacy and policy.
She will serve a one-year term as part of a diverse group of municipal leaders steering policy positions and advocating in front of Congress, state, and local authorities.
League President Kathy Miness of Lexington, South Carolina, said, “Our federal advocacy committees are the voices of what’s happening on the ground in our communities.”
Besich said, “I am honored to be appointed to this important committee of the NLC. In this capacity, I look forward to representing Superior and our sister Copper Corridor communities — communities that rely on mineral extraction as well as our beautiful natural environment to support our local economies. Our economic realities, opportunities, and challenges can help inform systemic changes that will benefit countless small communities throughout the United States.”
The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for developing policy and leading league’s advocacy on infrastructure and sustainability-related issues such as water infrastructure and water quality, air quality, energy, climate change, solid and hazardous waste management, local food systems, and public lands, according to the National League of Cities website.
Most recently, the committee has focused on issues pertaining to water infrastructure such as financing mechanisms and addressing community and residential affordability and climate change mitigation, adaptation, and community resilience.
Besich will be one of 43 committee members, both elected officials and city staff, committed to influencing policies that affect local government operations.