WASHINGTON, D.C. – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker was elected to the 2011 Board of Directors of the National League of Cities.

Becker was one of 19 new members elected during the league’s Congress of Cities and Exposition in Denver earlier this month.

“As cities navigate the effects of the economic downturn, local leaders are setting the foundation for innovation and long-term growth,” league President James Mitchell Jr. said in a news release. “In the coming year, I will look to Mayor Becker and our entire board of directors to engage our members to ensure all of NLC’s services and programs return the value they need.”

Each year at the Congress of Cities, delegates meet with thousands of peers and colleagues from around the country to discover cost-saving programs, products and services; replicate effective programs and create innovative solutions to their community’s most pressing challenges.

NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

— Viviane Vo-Duc