Local leaders from around the nation are meeting in Washington DC to meet with congressional representatives. St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano is a regular attendee of the National League of Cities conferences and says they don’t go into the meetings expecting elected officials to have all the answers.

“But we are looking for them to be partners with us and support us. We want them to obviously understand and respect that cities need to be performing. We don’t have the option of passing our problems on to someone else. We have to solve problems.”

Spano says this is a process that can start with these meetings, but can be continued year-round by residents who take the time to reach out to their elected officials.