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
Mrs. Heidi Fought
Mr. Neil Sheridan
Mr. Jim Fisher
Mr. David Hann
Meet the NATaT professional team
News and Publications
Keep up with news from Washington and NATaT
NATaT Policy Advisor, David Hoover, was recently quoted in a Communications Daily about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) report and order on wireless infrastructure. NATaT has joined with other associations representing state and local governments in urging the FCC to delay the final ruling. A copy of the full article is included below. FCC On Track[…]
Today, NATaT sent House and Senate leadership a letter urging them to include priority policies for towns and townships in the next coronavirus relief bill. Those priorities include the following: Fiscal Relief for Smaller Local Governments and Greater Program Flexibility New Rural Development Grant Program for Local Governments Payroll Tax Credit for Public Employers Offering[…]
NATaT to Salute “Hometown Heroes” as a Co-Sponsor of the new Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award Program The National Association of Towns and Townships is joining other prominent organizations in supporting a new, national program to honor extraordinary public service volunteers throughout the Country. The program is called the Small Town America Civic Volunteer[…]
In order to educate lawmakers about how best to aid cash-strapped towns and townships in further pandemic relief packages, NATaT commissioned a survey of members about how the national emergency has impacted their budgets. NATaT released these results to the public today. NATaT’s Coronavirus Fiscal Impact Survey Results
Today, NATaT joined 73 Members of Congress and numerous organizations in urging Congress for parity between private and public employees when it comes to emergency paid leave under recent COVID-19 relief legislation. Under the legislation, public employers, including state and local governments, are explicitly prohibited from using a payroll tax credit available to private employers[…]
Today, NATaT sent House and Senate leaders a letter detailing their policy priorities for any future COVID-19 relief packages. These priorities include a new rural development grant program for local governments, a coronavirus relief fund for smaller governments (i.e. those with communities under 500,000), payroll tax credit for public employers offering emergency paid leave, expanded[…]
Today, NATaT released its 2020 Federal Platform. It details its policy and funding priorities on infrastructure, taxes, regulations, and other issues before the federal government.
On behalf of the more than 10,000 towns and townships across the country, NATaT urged Congressional Leaders to prioritize broadband deployment, municipal financing, volunteer first responders, and state stabilization funds in any coronavirus relief legislation. The full text of the letter can be found here. NATaT has compiled resources and guidance on the coronavirus here.
NATaT has launched a site to provide members with timely resources and guidance on the coronavirus pandemic. NATaT staff will continue to update it with up to the minute guidance from federal agencies, pending efforts from Congress, and new resources available to local governments. NATaT’s Coronavirus Guidance
On Friday, December 20th, President Trump signed into law two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion, averting a government shutdown. The bills included all 12 annual appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020, which include full funding for NATaT’s priority programs. The spending packages signed into law also included two major legislative victories for NATaT: Repeal of[…]