Supporting Organizations

African American Mayors Association

The newly launched African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing African-American mayors in the United States. AAMA exists to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the African American Mayors Association includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.

Airports Council International – North America

The Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. Over 350 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.  ACI-NA’s members enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.

American Public Gas Association

Formed in 1961, APGA has over 700 members in 36 states and is the only nonprofit trade organization that  represents America’s publicly owned natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs). APGA represents the interests of public gas before Congress, federal agencies and other energy-related stakeholders by developing regulatory and legislative policies that further the goals of our members. In addition, APGA organizes meetings, seminars, and workshops with a specific goal to improve the reliability, operational efficiency, and regulatory environment in which public gas systems operate. Through APGA membership, public gas systems are kept informed about new developments in technology, safety, public policy, operations, and the global markets that could affect the communities and consumers they serve. Our members are owned by, and accountable to, the citizens they serve.

American Public Transportation Association

APTA members are public organizations that are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. Members also include large and small companies who plan, design, construct, finance, supply, and operate bus and rail services worldwide. Government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, state departments of transportation, academic institutions, and trade publications are also part of the membership.

To strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing. APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States. AMWA’s membership serves more than 130 million Americans with drinking water from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

AMWA is the nation’s only policy-making organization solely for metropolitan drinking water suppliers. The association was formed in 1981 by a group of general managers of metropolitan water systems who wanted to ensure that the issues of large publicly owned water suppliers would be represented in Washington, D.C. Member representatives to AMWA are the general managers and CEOs of these large water systems.

Bay Area Toll Authority

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) was created by the California Legislature in 1997 to administer the base $1 auto toll on the San Francisco Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges.  In August 2005, the California Legislature expanded BATA’s responsibilities to include administration of all toll revenue and joint oversight of the toll bridge construction program with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission. Caltrans owns and operates the state-owned bridges.  BATA manages and invests revenues from all tolls levied on the seven state-owned toll bridges: Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay and San Mateo-Hayward. As part of these activities, BATA funds the day-to-day operations, facilities maintenance, and administration of the bridges. BATA also funds the long-term capital improvement and rehabilitation of the bridges, including the projects mandated by Regional Measure 1 and the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program.

Bond Dealers of America

The Bond Dealers of America is the Washington, DC based organization that represents securities dealers and banks predominantly focused on the U.S. fixed income markets. The BDA is the only organization representing the unique interests of national, middle-market dealers. In addition to federal advocacy, the BDA hosts a series of meetings and conferences specific to domestic fixed income, in addition to economic surveys and an annual compensation survey. The Bond Dealers of America is focused on the unique business, market practice, regulatory, and legislative interests of middle market, sell-side, fixed income dealers. This homogeneous group of firms, along with staff based in Washington, DC, lobbies on federal legislative and regulatory issues while simultaneously offering programming and publications dedicated to this demographic of securities dealer.

Business Oregon

Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.

California Special Districts Association

The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy, and other services for all types of independent special districts.

CSDA provides education and training, insurance programs, legal advice, industry-wide litigation and public relations support, legislative advocacy, capital improvement and equipment funding, collateral design services, and, most importantly, current information that is crucial to a special districts management and operational effectiveness.

Chester County Economic Development Council

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is a full-service, regional economic development entity that has provided “smart growth” business services to companies in Chester County and the proximate region for over 50 years. It is a private, non-profit, non-governmental corporation comprised of several affiliates and employing over 40 economic development specialists.

Chicago Regional Transportation Authority

The RTA is the third largest public transportation system in North America, providing more than two million rides a day. With over 35 years of reliable and convenient service, the RTA has grown to become an integral part of residential and business communities throughout northeastern Illinois.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

The Port of Cleveland will be known as the premier port on the Great Lakes: highly effective, efficient, innovative, and trusted in delivering its mission of spurring job creation and economic vitality for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  The Port fosters job creation and economic vitality in Greater Cleveland.

Colorado Municipal League

The Colorado Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has served and represented Colorado’s cities and towns since 1923. Currently, 265 of Colorado’s 271 municipalities (representing more than 99 percent of the state’s municipal population) are members of CML and benefit from our advocacy, information and training services.

Colorado Association of Municipal Authorities

Colorado Association of Municipal Authorities is a non-profit organization that provides legislative representation, training and information the 29 cities and towns throughout Colorado that own and operate their own electric system.

Council of Development Financial Agencies

The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing 300 public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds, credit enhancement programs, and direct debt and equity investments as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations ranging from regional and large investment banks to commercial finance companies to bond counsel, bond insurers, trustees, venture capital companies, rating agencies, and other organizations interested in development finance.

CPS Energy

CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned energy utility providing both natural gas and electric service.  Acquired by the City of San Antonio in 1942, today we serve more than 717,000 electric customers and 325,000 natural gas customers in and around the seventh-largest city in the nation. We serve customers in Bexar County and portions of Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties.

CSDA Finance Corporation

Established in 1988, CSDA Finance Corporation was formed to offer members cost-effective, tax-exempt municipal financing programs for major capital projects, equipment leasing and property acquisition. Dedicated to serving the public financing interests of special districts, the CSDA Corporation’s Board of Directors is composed of managers and directors from special districts throughout California. Together with the assistance of our professional underwriting team, the CSDA Finance Corporation offers tax-exempt financing programs including certificates of participation (COPs) financing as well as small lease-purchase financing.

DFW Airport

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest, offering nearly 1,900 flights per day and serving 58 million passengers a year. DFW provides nonstop service to 148 domestic and 54 international destinations worldwide.

Education Finance Council

The Education Finance Council (EFC) is the association representing the nation’s nonprofit and state agency student finance organizations. These public purpose organizations are dedicated to the single purpose of making college more affordable.

Escambia County Housing Finance Authority

The Authority is a public body enabled under the laws of the State of Florida. The Authority was given the tasks of fostering home ownership, promoting the construction of affordable homes and reducing the cost of loans for the purchase of homes by persons with moderate to low income. In the years since its creation, the Authority has forged many working partnerships in national, state and local housing communities, primarily to provide below-market rate loans. Since 1982, it has issued over $1 Billion to assist homebuyers in achieving their objective of home ownership.

Florida League of Cities

The Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to serve the needs of Florida’s cities and promote local self-government. The League was founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Founded in 1914, ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. Our mission and vision is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives worldwide. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.  The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.

International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions. Our mission: provide leadership and excellence in economic development for our communities, members, and partners.

Investment Company Institute

The Investment Company Institute is the national association of U.S. investment companies, including mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and unit investment trusts (UITs). ICI seeks to encourage adherence to high ethical standards, promote public understanding, and otherwise advance the interests of funds, their shareholders, directors, and advisers. Members of ICI manage total assets of $13.8 trillion and serve more than 90 million shareholders.

Kentucky School Boards Association

Recognizing that the future of Kentucky is dependent upon the complete education of its youth, that in unity there is strength, and that exchange of ideas is important at all times; that coordination of effort on the part of all educational forces interested in the betterment of education is necessary; and also recognizing that school boards are in a strategic position to bring about needed improvement in public education, we believe a Kentucky School Boards Association will aid in accomplishing these ends.

Large Public Power Council

Founded in 1987, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) is comprised of 26 of the nation’s largest locally owned and controlled, not-for-profit power systems. LPPC works to develop and advance consumer-oriented positions on national energy issues. LPPC members provide reliable, affordable electric service to most of the more than 45 million people throughout the country served by public power, including some of the fastest-growing urban and rural residential and commercial markets in America. LPPC’s members are not-for-profit entities committed only to the people and communities they serve.

National Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities

The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), founded in 1982, is the national association of professionals working to finance affordable housing in the broader community development context at the local level. As a non-profit association, NALHFA is an advocate before Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues affecting affordable housing and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to its members and the public. Members are city and county agencies, non-profits, and private firms, such as underwriters, consultants, financial advisors, bond counsels, and rating agencies, which help in producing housing from concept to completion.

National Council of State Housing Agencies

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the nation’s state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) more than 30 years ago to coordinate and leverage their federal advocacy efforts for affordable housing. What began as a small group of executive directors meeting annually has grown into a powerful national association and advocate for HFAs and affordable housing in Washington.

National Development Council

NDC has evolved into one of the most progressive and innovative community and economic development organizations in the U.S. From our seminal role in the earliest days of the community development movement, we have grown into one of the most comprehensive suppliers of financing, development expertise and development assistance for community revitalization efforts throughout the nation. We have worked in partnership with local and state governments and non-profit organizations in every one of the 50 states and Puerto Rico to help build communities and economies, and ultimately, improve people’s lives. NDC has developed and financed over $2.0 billion in tax-exempt bond financed projects that have included affordable housing, public office buildings, historic structures, education, recreation transportation and non-profit facilities.

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. Working in partnership with 49 State municipal leagues, NLC serves as a national advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents.

National School Boards Association

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is a not-for-profit organization representing State Associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States.  Our mission is, “working with and through our State Associations, to advocate for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership.”

Southern California Public Power Authority

The Southern California Public Power Authority is a joint powers authority consisting of eleven municipal utilities and one irrigation district. SCPPA members deliver electricity to approximately 2 million customers over an area of 7,000 square miles, with a total population of 4.8 million.

South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority (SCJEDA)

For more than 29 years, JEDA has promoted the business and economic welfare of South Carolina by assisting in the financing of public and private projects throughout the Palmetto State. JEDA serves as a statewide conduit issuer of special obligation revenue bonds and acts on behalf of the borrower to access financial markets and capital. Since its creation in 1983, JEDA has issued 436 bonds for over $7.8 billion in South Carolina’s economy, resulting in the creation and retention of more than 209,000 jobs.

Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies

The Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies is a statewide non-profit organization established in 1989 for the purpose of informing, planning and supporting the needs of local housing finance agencies in their delivery of affordable housing in the State of Texas.  Currently TALHFA has a membership of over 250 professionals in all areas of affordable housing. TALHFA is the only statewide association specifically focused on LOCAL housing needs and concerns.

The Associated General Contractors of America

A full service national trade association with a nationwide network of exceptional chapters, AGC represents nearly 30,000 leading firms in the industry – including general contractors, specialty contractors and service providers and suppliers. AGC members play a powerful role in sustaining economic growth, in addition to producing structures that add to productivity and the nation’s quality of life. AGC is truly the “voice and choice” of the construction industry.

The League of Minnesota Cities

The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. The League serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.

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