A strong voice for America's smaller communities
Washington D.C. advocacy for towns and townships across the country
How we got started
The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) was formed more than 40 years ago to provide America’s smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. Eighty-five percent serve communities with less than 10,000 people and nearly half have fewer than 1,000 residents. Nearly one quarter of all Americans live in rural areas, approximately the same percentage as live in central cities.
our purpose today
NATaT’s purpose today, as it was then, is to champion fair-share federal funding decisions and to promote legislative and regulatory policies designed to strengthen grassroots local government. Since 1976, NATaT’s staff and members have strived to educate lawmakers and other federal officials about the unique nature of small community government operations as well as the need for policies that meet the special needs of suburban and non-metro communities.
As the voice for nearly 10,000 towns and townships across America, NATaT has developed a proactive federal agenda to ensure that the needs and interests of small communities are reflected in all major federal statutory, regulatory, funding, and policy decisions made in Washington. The NATaT Board of Directors identified the topics listed under Legislative Priorities. NATaT is working in collaboration with the other local government associations, the Administration, and Congress to achieve these goals.
Board of Directors
Meet NATaT's leadership
Mr. Bryan Smith
Mr. Mike Koles
Mr. Gerry Geist
Mr. David Sanko
Mr. Matthew DeTemple
Mr. Larry Merrill
Mr. Jim Fisher
Mr. David Hann
Mrs. Connie Fink
Meet the NATaT professional team
News and Publications
Keep up with news from Washington and NATaT
The NATaT Board of Directors elected Bryan Smith (Exec. Director, Township Officials of Illiniois) as President, Mike Koles (Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association) as Vice President, and Gerry Geist (Exec. Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York) as Secretary/Treasurer. It also thanked board members Dave Sanko (Exec. Director, Pennsylvania State Association of[…]
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the Wireless Infrastructure Order at its September 26th Open Meeting. The Third Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling establishes shot clocks for state and local approvals for the deployment of small wireless facilities, and imposes new state and local streamlining requirements on wireless infrastructure deployment. The Commission unanimously adopted[…]
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in Wisconsin. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation to fund critical water infrastructure projects in rural Wisconsin communities. The Rural Water Infrastructure Improvements Act would reauthorize and expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) grant and loan program that provides funding to states,[…]
NATaT joined its partners in the Campaign for Renewed Rural Development in sending a letter to Congress in support of a robust rural development title in the 2018 Farm Bill. Find a copy of the full letter here.
Today, NATaT released its 2018 Federal Platform. It details its policy and funding priorities on infrastructure, taxes, regulations, and other issues before the federal government.
NATaT members joined the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks and over 1,000 local governments in writing a letter to Congress to oppose any increases in truck size or weight. The letter was delivered at the same time as bigger-truck proponents continue to lobby federal and state legislators, as well as the Trump Administration, to allow longer[…]
President Trump released his FY2019 budget request on Monday. Please find a NATaT report summarizing document here. Please note: The President’s $4.4 trillion budget request was finalized before the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 was signed into law on February 9, 2018. The BBA raises spending caps for defense and non-defense discretionary funding by[…]
Today, NATaT released a report analyzing President Trump’s infrastructure plan. NATaT Report on Trump Infrastructure Plan
The House Ways and Means Committee released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) on November 2nd. The bill changes or eliminates a number of NATaT’s tax priorities. Contact Congress today and tell them what your community’s tax priorities are. Ask them to defend the tax exempt status of municipal bonds, the state and[…]
As appropriations are in full gear, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) is gathering as many signatures as possible on a letter to Members of Congress. The letter urges your Representatives and Senators to oppose any legislation that will increase truck weight or length. Longer double-trailer trucks or heavier single-trailer trucks will reduce safety and[…]