National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) Legislative Fly-in

July 1, 2017

A group of Ohio township delegates lobbied federal legislators as part of the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) conference in Washington, D.C. last week.


The two-day Fly-In consisted of issue briefings on the following topics: expanding rural broadband, keeping control of rights-of-way as 5G expands, tax reform (municipal bond tax exemption, deductions for home mortgage interest, and state and local taxes), and infrastructure. On Thursday, advocacy meetings took place on Capitol Hill.


“The NATaT Fly-In provides a valuable opportunity for township officials to meet with members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill.  Ohio’s delegation was very receptive to our issues this year,” said Ohio Township Association Executive Director and NATaT President Matt DeTemple. 


More than 100 town and township officials from seven states attended this year’s event.  NATaT’s purpose is to champion fair-share federal funding decisions and to promote legislative and regulatory policies designed to strengthen grassroots government.  


The conference also helps Ohio attendees meet graduation requirements for the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy (OTALA) program, which is designed to help local government officials expand and improve upon their decision making and leadership skills. 


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