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Jun 22
photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
  • Opioid Crisis
  • City Government
  • Public Safety

Through new approaches, community outreach and education, and even legal action, municipal governments are continuing to lead the most comprehensive efforts to date in the battle against widespread opioid addiction.

The increasing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the scene of a drug overdose is putting the lives of first responders at great risk.…

Jun 22
photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

If the deciding justice finds that there is no clear way to determine constitutionality — and thus no clear way to establish laws against the practice — then the issue will continue to affect politics for the foreseeable future.

In Gill v. Whitford the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan…

Jun 21
photo - Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.
photo - Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.
  • Nutrition
  • Afterschool
  • Food
  • Health & Wellness
  • City Government

Working with NLC through the CHAMPS initiative, a cohort of small cities in Alabama is showing the rest of the country how they are successfully increasing access to out-of-school time meals for children.

Cities across the country, large and small, face the same challenge with many of their low-income children losing access to nutritious meals when the school…

Jun 21
photo - All Transportation Is Local
photo - All Transportation Is Local
  • Transportation
  • Public Transit
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management
  • Environment & Sustainability

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising.

This is a guest post by Hayley Richardson.

Despite the importance of transportation to their constituents, many local elected officials feel there’s…

Jun 16
photo - How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails
photo - How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails
  • Public Safety
  • City Government

The next phase in this NLC initiative can help your city better allocate scarce resources as well as improve public safety and overall outcomes for young adults.

Close to home in cities, jails open up the "front door of mass incarceration" by placing five times as many people behind bars each year compared with prisons. Cities have opportunities to reduce the…

Jun 15
photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
  • Economic Development
  • Equity
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management

Our annual analysis of mayoral State of the City addresses shows that cities are increasingly focusing on workforce and small business development through an equity lens. Here’s how several mayors from around the country are making equity a priority.

This post was co-authored by Emily Robbins and Dana D'Orazio.

The recent release of NLC’s 2017 State of…

Jun 15
photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
  • Community
  • City Government

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a critical means of connecting with the public as well.

This is a guest post by Sarah Williamson-Baker and Sarah Gaskill.

Every fall, the…

Jun 14
photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
  • Water
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • City Government

The city of Santa Fe is proof that small cities can take the lead and set an example for larger cities when it comes to resource management.

This is a guest post by Eric West.

For Small Cities Month, NLC asked its member cities what they were most proud of. The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is proud of its heritage as the oldest capital city in North…

Jun 12
photo - 6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
photo - 6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
  • Infrastructure
  • Federal
  • Budget
  • Advocacy

While proponents argue the infrastructure proposal would deliver greater control to states and local governments, the proposal appears to back down on a direct investment in infrastructure that cities and the nation desperately need.

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie.

Last week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to…

Jun 09
photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
  • Economic Development
  • Business
  • Community

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact of the arts in their community.

This is a guest post by Jay H. Dick.

The arts and culture sector is often looked at through a very…