Communication and collaboration are cornerstones of the ability
to lead, and the League’s positive relationships with legislators
are key to cities’ successes in the Capitol. Cultivating open
two-way communication with our state leaders is essential to
protecting the interests of cities and our residents.
This voluntary program recognizes elected officials for
continuing their professional development to enhance their
knowledge and skills and for undertaking leadership roles to
better serve the public. Since the Torch Program launched in
2003, hundreds of city officials have participated by meeting a
series of requirements associated with its three levels of
When the 2019 legislative session began, Democrats had gained
historic supermajorities in the Legislature. Yet progress for the
progressive Democratic agenda was muted. And in the face of
multiple attacks on local zoning authority and other challenges,
the League and cities emerged surprisingly well.