A Brief History of Nevada League of Cities
The Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities was originally incorporated as the NEVADA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION on October 30, 1959, with sixteen member cities. The office was located in the Sweetland Building in Carson City and later moved to its present location at 310 S. Curry Street. Amended articles of incorporation filed May 20, 1974, reflected the name change to the NEVADA LEAGUE OF CITIES and also indicated the City of Carlin became the seventeenth member in 1973. Since then, the City of Mesquite incorporated in 1984, the City of West Wendover incorporated in 1991 and the City of Fernley incorporated in 2000, bringing the total membership to eighteen.
According to a news release found in the FALLON EAGLE, July 22, 1944, the “League of Nevada Cities” held organizational meetings for the purpose of incorporating in July, 1944. The first officers were: Mayor Harry E. Stewart of Reno, President; Arthur F. Smith, Sr., City Commissioner of Las Vegas, Vice President; D.J. Fodrin, Mayor of Sparks, Treasurer; and Emerson Wilson, City Attorney of Reno, Secretary.
Other members of the Board of Directors were: A.L. Haight, Fallon City Attorney; Harry E. Stewart, Reno; Thomas E. Dixon, Caliente; D.J. Fodrin of Sparks; and Arthur F. Smith Sr., from Las Vegas.
The original goals and objectives of the first League are the same that were adopted by the Nevada Municipal Association in 1959, and remain true today:
To foster periodical conferences of city officials; disseminate knowledge of municipal
affairs and government; to circulate publications on municipal affairs; to secure harmony
of action among cities; and to render technical information and other services to the cities.”
In 1995, the League By-Laws were amended to include membership from affiliates such as unincorporated towns, general improvement districts, and other municipalities. At the 38th Annual Conference in West Wendover August 16, 1997, the general membership adopted the name, “NEVADA LEAGUE OF CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES” to incorporate League representation of affiliate members.
The Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities is a professional association that serves as the state’s primary champion of local government. As a statewide vehicle for collaboration, the League promotes positive and continuous community development through public policy formulation, advocacy, shared data and timely communication. Through analysis, education, planning and influential legislative representation, the League provides a potent central voice for all communities as they build a vibrant, sustainable and exceptional future for the citizens of Nevada.
Vision of the Future
Over the next decade, the state of Nevada will experience economic, social and cultural challenges that can only be met with insight, collaboration, optimism and deep commitment to every community. Through its dedicated members, the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities will become this state’s most influential and potent catalyst for economic development, social change and the legislative progress necessary to create a future characterized by leadership, vitality, vision and prosperity.
The Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities is a highly integrated, dynamic, and progressive alliance of public servants dedicated to strong, healthy communities, wise public policy and positive change. As a professional team, we are ethical, accountable leaders who are devoted to sustaining the essential cornerstones of communication, cooperation, understanding and trust as the central foundation for our work with each other, our partners and our constituents.