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
Today, NATaT released it’s Fall 2019 Congressional Outlook. It outlines items on Congress’ agenda this fall, including appropriations, surface transportation, tax extenders, the National Flood Insurance Program, and the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. Fall 2019 Congressional Outlook Memo
At the 97th annual PSATS (Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors) Conference in Hershey, PA, NATaT President Bryan Smith discussed challenges facing local governments and how NATaT is fighting for them in Washington. An overview of his presentation from the PSATS magazine can be found here.
Today, NATaT joined over 1,000 local government leaders, including mayors, county engineers and public works directors, in sending a letter to Congress opposing any increases in truck size or weight, including longer double-trailer trucks and heavier single-trailer trucks. The letter, entitled “Bigger Trucks: Bad for America’s Local Communities,” can be found here. The letter argues that,[…]
Today, NATaT submitted comments supporting the Army Corps of Engineers’ and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed revised rulemaking on the Waters of the U.S. In the comments, NATaT argues that, “improving and maintaining water quality in this Nation can and should be achieved through partnerships carried out at the local, regional, state, and federal[…]
Today, NATaT released its 2019 Federal Platform. It details its policy and funding priorities on infrastructure, taxes, regulations, and other issues before the federal government.
NATaT joined the other members of the Public Finance Network this week in publishing an updated primer on municipal bonds for Congressional staff. Despite municipal bonds having been preserved in tax reform, concern remains that Congressional tax-writers may still use them to pay for other priorities. As a result, NATaT and its partners never lose[…]
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.