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Dec 01
Children
Children
  • Education
  • Afterschool

Today, in conjunction with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, NLC leaders convened four mayors in Saint Paul, Minnesota to explore how city officials and business leaders can partner with local afterschool and summer learning programs to address the “work force skills gap,” and help ensure local children and youth have the skills necessary to enter the…

Nov 03
A diverse group of people volunteering.
A diverse group of people volunteering.
  • Equity
  • Community

The National League of Cities celebrates the growing diversity of America’s cities and towns. That’s why NLC and its Constituency Groups created the City Cultural Diversity Awards: to recognize the communities across the country that are creating inclusive environments for of their residents.

Diversity and inclusion are a crucial issue for city leaders. NLC’s 2017 State of the Cities…

Nov 01
Woman
Woman
  • Strategy
  • Partnerships

Budget cutbacks, an aging workforce nearing retirement and the need for a deeper pool of talent are creating a perfect storm for governments looking to recruit skilled workers — and keep them long term. Public sector employers are now being forced to be more creative and responsive in the design, timing and generosity of their benefit plans.

While providing richer benefits helped…

Oct 30
Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
  • Equity
  • Economic Development

For NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship Program, June 5-8 were very special dates. After a year providing extensive technical assistance to the inaugural cohort cities of Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, the EED Program team introduced the new cohort: Austin, Baltimore, Louisville, Nashville, Phoenix and Sacramento.

The EED Fellowship …

Oct 27
Amazon Headquarters.
Amazon Headquarters.
  • Economic Development
  • Technology

Last week, Amazon accepted final bids in the host city competition for its second headquarters. Over 200 cities applied across North America, with pitches that ranged from exhaustive to persuasive to seemingly stunt-based.

With the bidding period closed, the ball is now in Amazon’s court. But how will the tech giant choose a winner?

For an informed answer, we asked six of our…

Oct 26
Child holding art
Child holding art
  • Education
  • Youth & Family

Just published online: A new resource for city leaders who want to take steps to connect more children to nature more equitably, from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and the Children & Nature Network.

“Connect children with parks and open spaces and do it in a way that’s equitable... throughout the city, for everybody in…

Oct 25
Kids learning
Kids learning
  • Education
  • Youth & Family

In this day and age, everyone should have access to healthy food. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.

Nearly one-in-five children in my city of Columbus, Ohio, is food insecure. This mirrors statistics we find across the nation. In 2016, 12.3 percent (15.6 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some point, according to the United States…

Oct 24
Billboard advertising an Amber alert.
Billboard advertising an Amber alert.
  • Partnerships
  • Public Safety

Whether it’s providing critical information during a natural disaster or promoting an important local cause, outdoor advertising is a vital tool that local communities use to enrich and improve people’s lives.

Now, a growing number of localities are using billboards as a no-cost way to help communicate with the public, solve problems, and enhance safety. And, more recently, the…

Oct 24
Smokestacks.
Smokestacks.
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Climate

Earlier this year, it seemed like a certainty: The Supreme Court would hear arguments concerning, and rule on, the legality of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a key component of the Obama legacy.

Now, with the proposal of new regulations intended to rescind the CPP, Supreme Court review seems less and less likely.

If there was ever any doubt as to the CPP’s future — even after…

Oct 23
Flooding
Flooding
  • Resilience
  • Public Safety

Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When it comes to planning and action around climate change, though, we need to flip his advice: If we wish to avoid repeating the past, we must learn from the future.

Recent extreme weather events underscore this point.  The series of hurricanes that have flooded and even leveled…