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Sep 08
Children board a schoolbus, by Getty.
Children board a schoolbus, by Getty.
  • Leadership & Management

Across the country, children are returning from summer break for a new school year. For cities, the back-to-school season means intensifying their work to ensure that youth are supported — both in and out of the classroom.

In their State of the City speeches this year, collected in our annual report, America’s mayors emphasized the importance of education in their communities. They…

Sep 06
A worker, by Getty.
A worker, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

Last week, a federal district judge in Texas invalidated a key Obama-era overtime regulation that would have made it more likely states and local governments would have had to pay more employees overtime.

Per the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), executive, administrative, and professional “white collar” employees do not have to be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week.…

Sep 05
Statue image by Getty.
Statue image by Getty.
  • Immigration

Since his presidency began, President Trump has set his sights on rolling back many of the actions of President Obama. At times, that task has proven easy — as with many federal regulations and executive orders.

Other times, the opposition has been fierce.

Enacted under Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed undocumented individuals who arrived…

Sep 04
Education
Education
  • Education

When I talk to citizens, the first thing they bring up is jobs –  jobs for themselves, jobs for their children.

When I talk to business leaders, the first thing they bring up is workers – workers for today, workers for tomorrow.

As Mayor of Dayton, Ohio I want to help connect the dots between these two priorities.

How can we make sure our children can compete in the…

Sep 04
Rescuers in Houston, Texas.
Rescuers in Houston, Texas.
  • Resilience

This week, the catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of Americans across Texas and Louisiana. But while the storm’s effects were vast, much of the greatest damage was averted by the swift actions of local leaders, first responders, heroic citizens and outside organizations.

As the floodwaters recede and the rebuilding begins, NLC’s partners are offering…

Aug 30
Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Economic Development

The National League of Cities’ latest report, Local Economic Conditions: The Untold Story of the Varied Middle, finds that 84 percent of cities say their local economies have improved since 2016. The new analysis reveals a dynamic economic landscape that has given rise to five distinct types of local economies: a highly rural cluster; a large central city cluster; and three types of mid-sized…

Aug 29
Startup economics.
Startup economics.
  • Technology

During my nearly 30 years in government, I have been fortunate to work alongside countless hard-working, brilliant colleagues. The City of San Francisco flourishes because of the dedication, commitment and resolve of its 30,000 employees.

While our talented workforce does great things every day, there is always room for improvement and innovation. We are constantly making internal…

Aug 29
Youth volunteering
Youth volunteering
  • Education

In America, young people who are homeless or face housing instability experience arrest and detention much more often than other youth. As many as 78 percent of the estimated 400,000 homeless youth in America have had at least one interaction with police and 44 percent have spent the night in a juvenile facility or jail.

Recognizing that cities have core interests in public safety and…

Aug 28
iPhones
iPhones
  • Technology

This is a guest post by Facebook Outreach Associate Eva Guidarini.

Across the country, citizens turn to social media to find, follow and connect with their elected officials. At the same time, local government officials use the internet to reach and engage with citizens. Providing a platform that enables direct interactions between governments and citizens is an important part of…

Aug 17
A candlelight vigil in Charlottesville.
A candlelight vigil in Charlottesville.
  • Social Justice

Today, in the wake of the violent outbreak in Charlottesville, Virginia, NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony sent an open letter to all city leaders on hate, inclusion and leadership. That letter is reproduced here:

Dear City Leaders:

The violence in Charlottesville this past weekend hit with a searing pain, like salt rubbed in wounds…