LUMBERTON — Mayor Raymond Pennington has joined small cities across America in proclaiming June “Small Cities Month,” drawing attention to the importance of small cities and their efforts to build better communities.
The month will officially be recognized in Lumberton at a meeting of the National League of Cities Small Cities Council from Wednesday through Saturday. The meeting, hosted by City Councilman Leon Maynor, who is also chair of the Small Cities Council, will provide an opportunity for small city leaders to share best practices and discuss the implications of federal policy and funding decisions on the small cities and towns of America.
“More than 95 percent of all municipalities in this country are small cities and towns like Lumberton, with populations less than 50,000,” Maynor said. “It is these communities that are responsible for providing a wide range of services and programs to meet the needs of their citizens. Today we celebrate our successes and commit ourselves to building partnerships with the federal government and our states to make small cities and towns even better, safer places for people to live.”
Small Cities Month was established to highlight the unique issues that affect smaller communities throughout the United States and the importance of an intergovernmental partnership to address common challenges and concerns such as transportation, community development and immigration.
The City of Lumberton over the last two years has received approximately $10 million in federal funding to implement numerous projects and capital expenditures such as the new Police Department, the Tanglewood sewer rehabilitation, Community Development Block Grants housing projects and sewer separation projects.