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. David Sanko
Mr. Bryan Smith
Mr. Gerry Geist
Mr. Shirl Barnhart
Mr. Matthew DeTemple
Mr. Jim Fisher
Mr. Mike Koles
Mr. Larry Merrill
Mr. Robert J. Miller
Mr. Gary Pedersen
Meet the NATaT professional team
News and Publications
Keep up with news from Washington and NATaT
NATaT releases template letters for its members to send to Capitol Hill in support of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Municipal Bond Template Letter to U.S. Senators Municipal Bond Template Letter for U.S. Representatives
At its December board meeting, the NATaT Board thanked outgoing President Matt DeTemple for his six-year service on the Board’s executive committee. David Sanko (PSATS) was elected President, Bryan Smith (TOI) was elected Vice President, and Gerry Geist (NYAOT) joined the executive committee as Secretary/Treasurer.
NATaT releases memo on major legislation to watch in the 115th Congress.
NATaT signs onto letter to President Trump on the importance of maintaining an office of rural affairs at the White House.
NATaT releases the combined 2017 Congressional calendar for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Click directly on the calendar to link to a printable version.
Judge blocks Obama overtime rule, putting it in jeopardy BY TIM DEVANEY AND LYDIA WHEELER – 11/22/16 05:57 PM EST The Labor Department’s contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama’s top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy. In a 20-page order, Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a[…]
NATaT releases a post election report reviewing the results of the 2016 election.
NATaT releases report previewing key issues that could be considered in the lame duck session of Congress.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) recently released a discussion draft of a remote sales tax bill called the Online Sales Simplification Act (OSSA). This bill is an alternative to both the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Remote Transparency Parity Act, both of which Chairman Goodlatte opposes and has blocked in the House. Click here[…]
NATaT releases report detailing key federal regulations of interest to towns and townships.