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. Mike Koles
Mr. Gerry Geist
Mr. Neil Sheridan
Mr. Bryan Smith
Mr. David Sanko
Mrs. Heidi Fought
Mr. Jeff Krueger
Meet the NATaT professional team
News and Publications
Keep up with news from Washington and NATaT
NATaT is co-sponsoring the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award, which recognizes the nation’s top 100 small town public service volunteers. Nominations will be accepted July 15 – October 15. In addition to recognizing these hometown heroes, STACVA is designed to spotlight the growing decline in the availability of citizens to fill critical local government roles,[…]
Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) recently introduced the LOCAL Infrastructure Act, which would amend the federal tax code to restore state and local governments’ ability to use advance refunding to manage bond debt and reduce borrowing costs for public projects. To learn more about the bill, click here.
NATaT joined hundreds of organizations in a letter to Congress endorsing budget reconciliation language that provides $350 billion in flexible aid to local governments reeling from the effects of the pandemic. The organizations encouraged the House and Senate to “swiftly pass this urgently needed aid.” Click here for the letter.
Iowa Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne recently introduced a bill that would support rural businesses by providing up to nine months of USDA loan relief. The Rural Equal Aid Act has the support of several organizations including the National Association of Towns and Townships. Click here for the story.
NATaT is a member of the Rebuild Rural Coalition that sent a letter to the Biden Administration addressing the needs of rural America in any upcoming infrastructure legislative proposals. More than 250 organizations signed the letter, which highlights the need for federal investment in rural transportation networks, electrical and water systems, and broadband infrastructure, among[…]
NATaT released its 2021 NATaT Policy Platform. It details its policy and funding priorities on infrastructure, taxes, regulations, and other issues before the federal government.
On December 21, 2020, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133), which includes $1.4 trillion in annual appropriations for the federal government. In addition to providing FY2021 appropriations, H.R. 133 includes a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package; the Water Resources Development Act of 2020; extensions of certain tax breaks; energy provisions; legislation[…]
On December 21, 2020, congressional leaders released the 5,593-page text of the final $900 billion COVID relief package along with the $1.4 trillion FY2021 Appropriations package and the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 (H.R. 133). NATaT published the following brief that provides additional details on the congressional action.
On behalf of the more than 10,000 towns and townships across the country, NATaT urged Congressional Leaders to extend the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) deadline for one year to December 31, 2021; enhance flexibility for CRF to allow funds to replace lost revenue; expand the Paycheck Protection Program to include all 501(c) non-profit organizations; and[…]
NATaT released a Special Report providing insight and analysis of the upcoming Congressional lame duck session in November and December, and an overview of the November 3, 2020 election results.