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Jun 09
photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
  • Economic Development
  • Community

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and boosts local economic development.

Summer in cities is marked by community gatherings, farmers’ markets and a buzz of outdoor activities. In…

Jun 08
photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
  • Community
  • City Government

The city's Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents.

This is a guest post by Linda Harris.

What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the table, especially those who…

Jun 07
photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
  • Preemption
  • Federal
  • State
  • City Government
  • Public Safety

Your state and local laws could be rendered irrelevant when it comes to possessing and carrying a gun.

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the sites, visit the Statue of Liberty, and walk through Central Park. In Arizona, he can carry a concealed handgun without a permit. When he visits New…

Jun 06
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
  • Economic Development
  • Business
  • Community

We discuss equitable economic development in Memphis with the city's director of housing and community development, Paul Young.

This post is part of a series on NLC's Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship.

Paul Young serves as director of housing and community development for the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

Carlos Delgado: Paul, thank you…

Jun 05
photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The Fourth Circuit concluded the revised travel ban likely violates the Establishment Clause, noting that its “text speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision …

Jun 05
photo - Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal
photo - Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal
  • Climate
  • Federal
  • City Government
  • Economic Development

After President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, hundreds of city leaders spoke out to denounce the decision. From New York to Pittsburgh to Dubuque, Iowa, mayors and councilmembers pledged to oppose the withdrawal, work on alternative actions, and continue to address climate change in their own communities…

Jun 05
photo - On Climate, Local Action Trumps National Rhetoric
photo - On Climate, Local Action Trumps National Rhetoric
  • Leadership & Management
  • Climate

While President Trump sent a signal that the United States is unwilling to lead in the fight against climate change, it's local governments that have committed to action.

This post was co-authored by Christiana McFarland and Trevor Langan. It originally appeared on Route 50. Read the full article here.

By abandoning the historic Paris climate agreement…

Jun 01
photo - New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents
photo - New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents
  • Advocacy
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Police

If the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act passes, it could set a dangerous precedent that would allow the federal government to nationalize the police and limit local authority to manage their police departments.

Local officials have historically been responsible for managing local police departments in the United States, and officials in more than 19,000…

Jun 01
photo - It’s Small Cities Month at NLC. Here’s Why We’re Celebrating.
photo - It’s Small Cities Month at NLC. Here’s Why We’re Celebrating.
  • Advocacy

Let’s face it, big cities get a lot of attention. Nationwide, we hear about the accomplishments and innovations of the nation’s biggest cities every day.

Yet small city leaders face many of the same problems that their larger counterpoints do, and often find success despite serious budget constraints.

Whatever the issue, small cities have a way of…

May 31
photo - Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better
photo - Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better
  • Education
  • Community
  • Leadership & Management

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are underfunded.

This is a guest post by Mayor Jim Kenney.

This past month, Philadelphia had the honor of hosting the National League of Cities (…