by Kate Knable
Posted 10/22/2012 12:00 am
The National League of Cities, a nonprofit advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C., has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America to offer utility line warranty bundles to cities for about two years.
(Click here to read a related story on North Little Rock's partnership with SLWA.)
(Click here to read a related story on the program Little Rock opted for instead of working with SLWA.)
Most of the NLC’s members are elected officials from cities across the country.
“This is one of the programs that member cities champion,” said Cynthia Cusick, director of corporate programs for the NLC.
NLC vetted companies and chose to endorse and build a mutually beneficial business relationship with Utility Service Providers of Canonsburg, Pa., which does business as SLWA, “for its practices and customer service,” Cusick said.
Relationships with businesses -- like the one with SLWA -- that offer savings or can solve city problems are part of how NLC helps its members, Cusick said.
“This is a known need that we’ve heard from our membership,” she said. “It’s about empowering elected officials to be champions in their community for education and solutions.”
SLWA’s letters educate residents about their obligations for maintaining their utility lines, she said.
Cusick declined to share details of the financial arrangement between the NLC and SLWA, but said SLWA does pay the organization for its backing.