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Apr 19
photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
  • Parks And Recreation
  • Youth & Family
  • Education

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Hensley won the unanimous support of the city council when they recently created the document as part of a larger strategy to connect children to nature.

This is a guest post by Steven Adler and Sara Hensley. This post is part of a series celebrating parks and nature during National Parks Week…

Apr 19
photo - President’s Budget Threatens Cities' Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues
photo - President’s Budget Threatens Cities' Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Federal
  • Budget

Cuts in the administration’s budget proposal threaten funds that cities rely on to invest in water management, clean energy and revitalization efforts across the country. Here’s how these cuts could impact your city.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two…

Apr 17
photo - How One Park District in Illinois Is Making Smarter Parks
photo - How One Park District in Illinois Is Making Smarter Parks
  • Innovation
  • Parks And Recreation

In many cities, one of the most popular services utilized by the community is open space, including parks and playgrounds. Unfortunately, park use is also one of the hardest things for cities to measure.

This is a guest post by Bobbi Nance and Edward Krafcik. This post is the first in a series celebrating National Parks Week.

With the abundance of…

Apr 14
photo - How the President’s Budget Proposal Could Stop the Transit Revolution in Its Tracks
photo - How the President’s Budget Proposal Could Stop the Transit Revolution in Its Tracks
  • Federal
  • Budget
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation

Included in the administration’s first budget proposal is a $499 billion cut to one of the federal government’s most successful transportation funding programs: TIGER Grants.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don't let Congress leave America's…

Apr 14
photo - Is Your City at Risk of Losing Federal Funding?
photo - Is Your City at Risk of Losing Federal Funding?
  • Federal
  • Budget
  • Immigration

There are three main questions that cities need to be aware of when dissecting the political rhetoric around sanctuary cities.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don't let Congress leave America's cities behind — join us this week and next as we #…

Apr 14
photo - Don’t Cut Funding for Programs That Help Children Thrive in Cities Across the Country
photo - Don’t Cut Funding for Programs That Help Children Thrive in Cities Across the Country
  • Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Federal
  • Budget

Federally-funded programs like those slated for elimination in President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint have a proven record of results for young children, and simply cannot survive without continued federal support.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two…

Apr 10
photo - Five Ways to Fight the Cuts From Your Own City
photo - Five Ways to Fight the Cuts From Your Own City
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don't let Congress leave America's cities behind — join us this week and next as we #FightTheCuts proposed in the administration's budget.

Now is the time to fight to protect critical funding to cities. Today, Congress starts a two-week…

Apr 10
photo - Seventh Circuit Holds Employees May Bring Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination Claims
photo - Seventh Circuit Holds Employees May Bring Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Federal
  • Courts

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ ruling in Hively v. Ivy Tech provides a wider interpretation of nondiscrimination law.

The Seventh Circuit Court has become the first federal circuit court of appeals to rule that employees may bring sexual orientation discrimination claims under Title VII. Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College directly affects state…

Apr 07
photo - Public Health and Housing: You Can’t Have One Without the Other
photo - Public Health and Housing: You Can’t Have One Without the Other
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Partnerships

Partnerships that create a solid connection between housing and healthcare can offer a multitude of benefits for cities, including lower long-term healthcare costs, better educational opportunities, and employment that can help raise income levels.

For more than 20 years, the first full week of April has been designated across the country as National Public…

Apr 07
photo - Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding
photo - Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding
  • Congress
  • Federal
  • Brownfields

"Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate helps us create jobs in distressed communities while simultaneously improving public health and safety."

On Tuesday, Mayor Sal Panto of Easton, Pa., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee to advocate for…