March 2017 Issue
March 2017 Issue
  Thank You Mayor Smolinski, Job Well Done

After six terms and 24 years as Mayor of the Village of Roselle, a great leader and friend to the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Mayor Gayle Smolinski, has decided her sixth term will be her finale. Her tenure as Mayor will be followed by more time spent with her beloved family.
  
As a member of the Conference, Mayor Smolinski has been a true asset and active participant. She has served the Conference as President (twice) and Vice President (twice), as well as Director and member of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and Director and member of the Legislative Committee. She has also been a driving force at numerous Springfield Drive Downs, Mayors Only Coffees, Coffee Breaks with Legislators, and Annual Golf Outings.
  
It wasn't until recently that the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Executive Board existed without Mayor Smolinski as a member. Serving since its inception in 2002 until 2015, including as Chair between 2006 and 2007, Mayor Smolinski helped tackle such regional challenges as school funding reform, O'Hare Airport expansion issues, pension reform, the Chicago water rate increase, and the consolidation of NIPC and CATS into CMAP, among many others.
  
The Conference and its membership has truly benefited from Mayor Smolinski. She has been a valuable resource towards the Conference promoting excellence in municipal government and lending an irreplaceable amount of knowledge and skill whenever the duty calls. The Conference thanks Mayor Smolinski for her extraordinary service and a job well done and wishes her the happiest of retirements.
Thank You and Best Wishes to Villa Park President Deborah Bullwinkel
 

As President Bullwinkel's term comes to a close, we would like to thank her for her hard work and commitment in helping to build a stronger Conference. Her involvement includes the Board of Directors, the Legislative Committee, the Annual Golf Outing, and as a participant in multiple Springfield Drive Downs. President Bullwinkel has also served the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus as an Executive Board member and an Environmental Committee member, as well as a DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau Board member.
 
President Bullwinkel's interest in local government grew out of her involvement with local clubs and organizations. After attending a few Villa Park board meetings with concerns about the conditions of Villa Park streets, others in the community approached her inquiring if she would consider running for a position on the Village Board. That was the spark that started her involvement. In 2009 Deborah Bullwinkel became a Village Trustee and in 2013 was elected Village President.
 
We appreciate the energy and devotion President Bullwinkel has brought to the Conference. Thank you for your contributions and best wishes in all your future endeavors.
Thank You Glen Ellyn Village President Alexander Demos

The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference would like to thank Village President Alex Demos for his time served as a valued member of the Conference. During his tenure, the Village of Glen Ellyn has been recognized for a variety of achievements. In 2016, the Village broke ground on a new police station and was also recognized as a Leading Green Power Community. More recently, Glen Ellyn was selected as the "Most Picturesque Small Town in Illinois."
 
President Demos and Glen Ellyn have always been strong supporters of the Conference with members serving on the Regulatory Issues Committee, Managers Committee, Transportation Technical Committee, and the Ad Hoc Public Works Directors Working Group. The Conference will greatly miss President Demos and wishes him luck in his future endeavors.
Best Wishes and Farewell to Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves
 
In May 2017, we will say good-bye to Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves. His contributions to municipal government and public service span many years and include numerous accomplishments, including strong residential and business development, increased bicycle accessibility in the Lemont downtown area, and the clearing of over 8 acres of invasive plant species using 650 plus volunteers with support from the Citgo/Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (HQRA) partnership . Mayor Reaves was elected as the Mayor of Lemont in 2009. Prior to becoming Mayor, he served as a trustee and chair of the Village Board's Finance Committee. In October of 2013, he was appointed to the Commuter Rail Board (Metra) as a Director and was reappointed for a four year term in 2015.

Mayor Reaves is also involved with our fellow councils of government. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Will County Governmental League, he chairs the Legislative Committee. In addition, he serves as President of the Northern Will County Water Agency and has been a member of the Metra Heritage Corridor Alliance since 2009.
 
Mayor Reaves has been involved in various transportation issues over the past several years and previously served on the Transportation Committee and Legislative Committee of the Southwest Conference of Mayors. We wish Mayor Reaves success and safe travels as he begins his East Coast chapter.
Annual Springfield Drive Down
 
Did you know that the Conference's annual Springfield Drive Down on April 25 and 26 is only $315 per person? 
 
This price includes transportation to and from Springfield on a chartered bus, two luncheons, a reception and dinner with legislators, and lobbying activities at the Capitol.  If that's not enough, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Representative Patti Bellock will address attendees during meal-time AND members will meet with Governor Bruce Rauner (Mayors only), Senate Leader Christine Radogno, and House Leader Jim Durkin
 
To best suit your needs, the Conference is offering multiple Drive Down options.  For two days in Springfield, whether you take the bus or drive yourself, the prices is $315 per person.  If two days doesn't fit your schedule, you may also opt for one day in Springfield, which includes a luncheon, reception and dinner with legislators, and lobbying activities on April 25, for $120 per person.
 
The deadline to register is rapidly approaching so sign up for the bus today.  Reservations after April 3 cannot be guaranteed a room.
 
For more information and to register, click here.
Elmhurst Holds 21st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
 
Grand Marshall Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley foreground and Governor Bruce Rauner.
On March 4, Grand Marshall Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley led Elmhurst's twenty-first annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Featuring over 80 floats, distinguished guests, marching bands, Irish dancers and local team mascots, the parade is ranked as the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the Chicago area.
  
Honored guests included the Governor Bruce Rauner, State Representative Patti Bellock, State Representative David Olsen, and DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. 
Chicago Fire Television Show Films in DuPage County   
 
The cast and crew of NBC-TV's Chicago Fire spent the entire day in Westmont filming portions of an episode that aired on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. The production crew shot scenes at the Fire-Police Facility at 500 N. Cass as well as the Chicago Prostate Center on Pasquinelli Drive.
 
"Not only was it fun to have the TV show shoot in our community," said Mayor Ron Gunter, "but through the production fees we received, it was agreed that we would make donations for our Fire Safety Trailer, our Burn Camp Fundraiser, and our Emergency Management Agency. We did our best to accommodate requests while never compromising our services to the community."
 
Chicago Fire has also filmed in Elmhurst.  Episode 22, during season 3 was filmed at the Elmhurst Quarry.
PHOTO - Police Deputy Chief Brian Gruen, Police Chief Jim Gunther, "Chicago Fire" Actor Taylor Kinney, Fire Chief David Weiss, and Fire Deputy Chief Steve Riley.
Bartlett Named Among Top Ten Safest Cities   
 
The Village of Bartlett was named one of the top ten safest cities in America for 2017, according to a new report by Neighborhood Scout. The Village was ranked ninth overall. The Neighborhood Scout based its rankings on the total number of crimes that occurred and were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during the previous year, as well as the population of each city.
  
Other Conference member municipalities listed among the top 100 safest cities included Wheaton (32), Hanover Park (37), Elmhurst (82), and Carol Stream (89).
  
Click here to read the full article. 
Aurora's Downtown Bike Lane Named One Of The Best Bike Lanes of 2016   
 
A national bicycling organization, PeopleForBikes, has recognized Aurora's recently opened downtown protected bike lane as one of the top five best bike lanes in the country . PeopleForBikes worked with industry experts to review the country's newest bike lanes, with an extra emphasis on those that helped to connect bike grids in their respective communities . Aurora ranked fourth in the national review. Other cities in the Top 5 include New York City (5), Tallahassee (3), Chicago (2) and Seattle (1).  
 
Click here to read more about Aurora's downtown bike lane .
Upcoming Meetings

Board of Directors:
 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
DMMC Conference Room
Business Meetings (Full Conference):
 
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where:  Main Event, Warrenville
We will be recognizing the contributions of outgoing Mayors, including Mayor Gayle Smolinski of Roselle who has served the Conference as Mayor for more than 24 years
Click here to register.
Save the Date - Upcoming Events:
 
Annual Dinner & Recognition Ceremony
When: Friday, May 19, 2017

Where: Medinah Shrine Center, Addison

 

Annual Golf Outing

When:  Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Where: Village Links, Glen Ellyn 

Corporate Partners
 
Please visit our Corporate Partner websites via the links below:
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Corporate Partners Program

The DMMC Corporate Partners program provides an opportunity for participation by organizations that share a common commitment to the well-being of DuPage County municipalities. Corporate Partners gain high visibility among member communities through such means as meetings, workshops, publications, annual events, and sponsorship opportunities.
 
For more information on the Corporate Partners program, contact Suzette Quintell, Deputy Executive Director, at 630-571-0480, ext. 227 or visit the DMMC website.
DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB)

Suburban Chicago generates $94 million in state hotel tax receipts for Illinois, providing nearly double the hotel rooms that Chicago does and returning $7 for every $1 invested. That's the message that the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau has taken to Springfield as they lobbied state legislators to provide robust tourism funding.

"Tourism is an important economic driver not only for DuPage and the collar counties, but for all of Illinois," said Beth Marchetti, Executive Director of DCVB. "By funding tourism, state legislators are in turn investing in their local communities." Last year, DuPage received $1 million in funding from the state, and in turn generated $18 million in state hotel tax for the state's economy.

Click here to read more about the DCVB in Springfield.
TRANSPORTATION NEWS
DMMC Transit Oriented Development Workshop

The Conference is excited to be hosting a Transit Oriented Development Workshop on Monday, April 10, 2017. DuPage County is continuing to mature and experience increased traffic congestion as well as depletion of places to accommodate new homes and businesses. However, there is a trend in community development that allows communities to mitigate both of these issues. Known as Transit Oriented Development (or TOD), this urban planning tool encourages vibrant, livable, sustainable, car-optional communities for residents of all ages and incomes. With an evolution in mobility upon us, including an ever changing ride sharing industry, a continual desire from residents to be less reliant on their cars for transportation, as well as a future that could see autonomous cars, TOD allows communities to meet these changes with compatible land use to help them thrive.
 
The workshop will have presentations from Than Werner, Planning and Zoning Administrator for the City of Elmhurst, Kendra Freeman, Manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council, Colin Murphy, Researcher for Shared-Use Mobility Center, and Kristen Andersen, Principal Planner for Metra Commuter Rail.
 
Whether you are a mayor, manager, or community development staff member, this workshop will provide insight from peer DuPage communities and transportation industry experts about what TOD is, how it has benefited DuPage communities, and how it could benefit your community. 
 
Please click here for more information and to register.
CMAP CMAQ Call For Projects
 
DMMC received 15 applications for CMAP's FY2018-2022 CMAQ/TAP call for projects. Among the projects submitted are seven for bicycle/pedestrian projects, two for emissions reduction projects, two for intersection/interchange improvement projects, two signal systems projects, one road modernization project, and one "other" project. The total amount of CMAQ funding sought is approximately $55 million. Applicants included the City of Naperville, the Village of Woodridge, the Village of Roselle, the Village of Carol Stream, the Village of Westmont, the City of Elmhurst, DuPage County, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Projects that have been awarded CMAQ funding will be notified in November.
CMAP 2017 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP)

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP), CMAP's youth leadership program, is now accepting applications for the summer 2017 program.  High school students with an interest in urban planning, civic engagement, and learning how to make their communities better are encouraged to apply.  Application materials and more information can be found on the CMAP website here and are due by May 15, 2017 for the July program.
Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auction Just a Month Away

The April 25 Municipal Spring Surplus Vehicle and Equipment Auction at America's Auto Auction in Crestwood is just a month away. There is still time to join Aurora, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Morton Grove, Orland Park, Oswego, Park Forest, Sauk Village, Skokie, Skokie Library , Steger, Wheeling and Wilmette at the auction. Therefore, please review your fleets and plan to take advantage of this opportunity to receive top dollar for your vehicles and equipment. Additional sale dates for the remainder of 2017 are Tuesday, July 25, and Tuesday, October 24. The America's Auto Auction contract also provides for year-round online sales, so participants needing to sell vehicles and equipment between live auction dates have the ability to do so.

Upcoming auction dates (held quarterly):
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Conference's agreement with America's Auto Auction also provides for year-round Internet sales, so participants do not have to wait for one of the quarterly live sales in order to dispose of surplus vehicles and equipment. For questions or additional information, please contact America's Auto Auction Commercial Account Manager Bruce Uhter, 708-389-4488 (office), 219-713-0327 (cell) or Bruce.Uhter@americasautoauction.com; or sales representative Jim Fee, 773-315-0293 or jamesfee7522@yahoo.com.

For additional auction information please click on the link: http://municipality.auction/ 
SUBURBAN PURCHASING COOPERATIVE UPDATES
SPC Awards Final Contract Extension with Auto Truck Group
 
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved the final Truck Equipment contract extension (Contract #141) with Auto Truck Group of Bartlett . The extension runs from March 20, 2017 through March 19, 2018 with pricing and a new Fire Chief Vehicle Package as follows:

9' Standard Heavy Duty Platform
$2,603.00
12' Standard Heavy Duty Platform
$2,779.00
9' Dump Bod
$6,406.00
11' Dump Body
$7,140.00
9' Dual Rear Wheel Service Body
$6,148.00
11' Dual Rear Wheel Service Body
$7,513.00
9' Plow Blade with Snow Deflector
$5,102.00
NEW ITEM : Fire Chief Vehicle Package
 Four lights in grille, red on the outside and white in the middle
 Siren/Air Horn switches
 Two red/white lights in the rear doors, one on each side
 Two red/white lights in cargo area, one on each side
 One red/white visor light in windshield
 Two red/white visor lights in rear window
 Four corner strobes
 Wig-wag headlights and tail lights (if applicable)
$4,945.00

For questions or additional information, please contact staff or John Smulski, 630-540-7204 (office), 630-697-9595 (cell) or jsmulski@autotruck.com.
SPC Ambulance Vendor Showcase a Success
 
On Wednesday, the new Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Fire Core Cost Containment Committee (FCCCC) held an Ambulance Vendor Showcase at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) in Glenview . Thank you to NIPSTA for hosting the showcase, which featured nine ambulances from vendors including: McCoy Miller (Alexis Fire Equipment); Excellance, Inc. (Legacy Fire Apparatus); Horton Emergency Vehicles (Foster Coach); Demers Ambulance Mfg. (Demers Ambulance USA); Road Rescue (Fire Service Inc.); and, American Emergency Vehicles (American Response Vehicles). Committee members and other participants were able to examine the vehicles and talk with the vendors, all in anticipation of releasing a Request for Information (RFI) for a new ambulance contract. Please click here for more information and photos from the event.
 
The FCCCC is comprised of the following volunteers from the four COGs that sponsor the SPC: Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC), DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference (DMMC), South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), and Will County Governmental League (WCGL):
  • Kent Adams, Romeoville Fire Department Chief
  • John Dahlgren, Des Plaines Fire Department Emergency Vehicle Technician
  • Dave Habecker, Village of Thornton Fire Chief
  • Jeff Janus, Bloomingdale Fire Protection District Chief
  • Dennis Kennedy, Morton Grove Fire Department Lieutenant and FCCCC Chair
  • Kevin Krotky, Mount Prospect Fire Department Mechanic
  • Todd Novak, Mount Prospect Fire Department Lieutenant
  • Mike O'Hara, Elk Grove Village Fleet Services Administrator
  • Ed Rogers, Des Plaines Fire Department Division Chief, EMS
  • Kevin Walsh, Village of Glenwood Fire Chief
While their work has just begun, we thank the members of the committee for the significant time and effort they have agreed to spend on this project.
SPC Renews Call One Telecommunications Contract Extension
 
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has extended the third of four (4) possible one-year contract extensions on Telecommunication Services (Contract #137A) with Call One of Chicago. The contract extension runs from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
 
The SPC contract with Call One includes voice and data communications products as well as professional services including assessment/IT roadmap, consulting, remediation and management. Each participant's situation is unique and will be addressed as such with a customized solution. 
For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Call One Association and Government Relations Director Larry Widmer, 312-252-4955 (office), 847-732-9262 (cell), or lwidmer@callone.com.
Roesch Ford Announces SPC Vehicle Factory Order Cut Off Dates

Roesch Ford of Bensenville has advised the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative of the following 2017 model year Ford factory order cut off dates:

Vehicle
Order Cut-off Date
Fusion Gas Engine (Contract #164)
March 31
F150 (Contract #148)
May 5
Explorer (Contract #160)
June 30

For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Brian Kilduff, 630-279-6000, ext. 2245 or briankilduff@roeschtrucks.com.
Chrysler Announces Factory Order Cut Off Dates

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the factory order cut off dates for the following Suburban Purchasing Cooperative 2017 model vehicles through Napleton Fleet of Oakbrook Terrace:

Dodge Charger Pursuit (Contract #149):     April 20, 2017   
Ram 1500 Crew Cab SSV (Contract #157): May 25, 2017
 
For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Bob Barr, rbarr@napletonfleet.com or 630-455-2911.
SPC Renews Street Sweeper Contract

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has awarded the first of three possible, one-year contract extensions to Standard Equipment of Chicago for the Elgin Pelican Sweeper NP Dual (Contract #155). The contract renewal includes a 4% increase on the base model (from $182,325 to $189,168) and a 1% increase on option content. For questions or additional information, please contact Jerry Donlon, 312-829-1919, or jdonlon@standardequipment.com.
SPC Approved Thermoplastic Lane Marking Contract First Extension

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved the first of three (3) possible one-year contract extensions of the SPC 2017 Thermoplastic Lane Marking Contract #158 to Superior Road Striping, Melrose Park, IL from April 12, 2017 through April 11, 2018, with a a 3% price increase. The SPC reserves the right to extend the contract for up to  three (3) additional one-year terms upon mutual agreement on a negotiated basis.

Item Description
UOM
2016
2017
4" Marking Line
LF
$0.48
$0.49
6" Marking Line
LF
$0.70
$0.72
12" Marking Line
LF
$1.40
$1.44
24" Marking Line
LF
$3.50
$3.60
Marking Letters & Symbols SF
$3.25
$3.34
Removal
SF
$0.40
$0.41
 
This award is not in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, so participating communities will not be utilizing Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds. Superior Road Striping must comply with all IDOT rules and regulations, as well as prevailing wage and certified payroll.
Laport Inc. Awarded SPC Janitorial Supplies Contract

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has awarded the 2017 Janitorial Supplies contract to Laport, Inc., of Chicago based on their response as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and being in compliance with all bid specification requirements. The duration of Contract #167 runs from February 21, 2017 through February 20, 2018. The SPC reserves the right to extend the contract for up to three (3) additional one-year terms upon mutual agreement of both the vendor and the SPC on a negotiated basis.

RFQ #167 for the Selection of a Vendor to provide Janitorial Services was released on January 19, 2017 with responses due by February 3. RFQs were sent to: Laport Inc., Chicago; North American Corporation, Glenview ; R3 Redistribution, Elk Grove Village ; and Warehouse Direct Workplace Solutions, Des Plaines . A legal advertisement was also placed in the Daily Herald. Proposals were submitted by Laport, Inc., North American Corporation and Warehouse Direct Workplace Solutions as follows:
 
Supplier
Total Price Specified Items
Total Price Functional Equivalents
Laport, Inc.
$140,111.60
$128,419.27


 

North American Corp.
 

Incomplete - only bid on 10 specified items

@ $20,975.44 


 

$138,570.60 with 10 missing items 

Warehouse Direct Workplace Solutions


 

$151,183.70
 


 

No bid

 
While suppliers bid on a market basket of the top selling 65 janitorial items purchased in calendar year 2016, the contract covers the full range of Janitorial Supplies. In addition to offering the low cost bid on specified items, Laport also offered lower cost functional equivalent products that beat the price of the specified items by $11,692.33.

The SPC is excited to be able to offer such significant cost savings on the Janitorial Supplies program. Participants should expect the same level of service you have enjoyed in the past, including online ordering, electronic purchase orders, electronic invoicing, next day delivery and no minimum order requirements. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Laport Sales Manager Wayne Coleman, 312-421-8881 or wcoleman@laportinc.com
SPC Announces New NAPA Vehicle Parts, Inventory Management Programs

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board is pleased to announce the approval of two new programs to supply vehicle/truck parts and manage fleet inventory operations. The agreements piggyback onto
programs offered by the National Joint Purchasing Alliance (NJPA), a Staples, Minnesota based national municipal contracting agency created by state statute in 1976.

NAPA Parts NJPA Contract #062916-GPC   (SPC Contract #169)  
brings more than 400,000 NAPA Parts and Accessories to contract purchasing. NAPA is the leader in automotive & truck replacement parts, auto-body & paint products, tools & equipment, specialty parts, accessories, and service items. Two-hour delivery is generally available throughout the U.S. from 6,000 stores in all 50 states. Non-locally stocked products generally ship next day from 59 distribution centers. Utilizing NJPA's national, competitively solicited contract gives technicians the parts they need, when they need them, saving time and money while satisfying all SPC bidding requirements.

Contact Don Lachance, NAPA Genuine Parts, Government Sales Manager, Major Accounts (678) 934-5057-office, (404) 386-4157-cell, or Don_Lachance@genpt.com.

NAPA IBS NJPA Contract #061015-GPC  (SPC Contract #168)     
supplies on-site and offsite vendor managed inventory operations with government fleet and warehousing facilities. NAPA-IBS can provide key added-value assistant to government fleet organizations to help their shops parts operation run smoothly and efficiently. NAPA Auto Parts, utilizing their own resources and strategic partnerships with numerous additional local and national resources currently provides parts, service and expertise necessary to provide a reliable and complete "dedicated" on-site source of repair parts and services for NJPA/SPC members to:        
o Achieve a significant reduction in administrative procedures
o Reduce transactional costs through centralized billing across multiple vendors
o Deliver increase in on-demand parts availability
o Drive increases in fleet technician performance
o Reduce vehicle downtime in fleet operations
o Eliminate obsolete parts and shrinkage costs through efficient parts room management technologies
o Significantly reduce the cost of parts and warehouse inventory ownership
o Provide a turn-key sourcing solution service that will enable government agencies to operate the repair and warehouse facilities more efficiently, resulting in savings of funds through cost avoidance

Contact Steve Bricso, NAPA IBS, Division IBS Manager, (630) 416-2929-office, (770) 557-5335-cell, or Steven_Brisco@genpt.com .

The agreements commenced February 8, 2017 and will continue through the term of two years, with an option for an additional year by mutual agreement of the parties. Over the coming weeks, SPC will work with NJPA to formally publicize the program to SPC member governments, so please look for additional details. In the interim, please contact NWMC Program Manager for Purchasing Ellen Dayan, 847-296-9200, ext.132 or edayan@nwmc-cog.org for additional information.

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DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
1220 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
630-571-0480
Founded in 1962, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is a council of municipal governments representing over 1,000,000 people. A coalition of cities and villages, the Conference works to voice municipal concerns on local, regional, state, and national issues. It also serves its members and the region by fostering intergovernmental cooperation. The Conference is a not-for-profit organization supported by membership dues and grants.