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Mar 07
photo - For City Administrators, Open for Business Means Open for Benefits
photo - For City Administrators, Open for Business Means Open for Benefits
  • City Government

In this guest post, Colonial Life's Johnny Castro shares two reasons why benefits communication should be a year-round effort for local governments.

This is a guest post by Johnny Castro.

If your city government functions like most companies in America, you just completed your annual benefits enrollment. The meetings are over, the posters are down, and…

Mar 06
photo - Fighting for Local Government Priorities on Capitol Hill
photo - Fighting for Local Government Priorities on Capitol Hill
  • Federal
  • Advocacy

NLC is laying the groundwork for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, which takes place on March 15 during NLC's Congressional City Conference. More than 250 meetings have been arranged for local officials to speak with their Congressional representatives about city priorities.

This post was co-authored by Michael Wallace and Ashley Smith.

Thousands of local…

Mar 02
photo - Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders
photo - Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders
  • Small Business
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management

The Intersector Project's Neil Britto offers a number of resources to help local officials cope with declining budgets, a changing public-private partnership arena, and the inadequacy of a single-sector approach to problem solving.

This is a guest post by Neil Britto of the Intersector Project.

While cross-sector collaboration isn’t new, city leaders…

Mar 01
photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Youth & Family
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Courts
  • City Government

A new online resource with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models is available to city officials looking for positive results from their municipality's juvenile justice system programs.

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Seigle.

Research and field experience have demonstrated that the substance of a particular juvenile justice…

Feb 28
photo - When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key
photo - When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key
  • Federal
  • City Government
  • Innovation
  • Small Business

NLC's Brooks Rainwater examines federalism in the context of innovation and explains why the Small Business Administration is of critical importance to cities.

In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of federalism and why it matters to cities. Part two focused on how affordable housing assistance has changed with the interpretation of…

Feb 28
photo - What's Next for the Supreme Court's Transgender Bathroom Case?
photo - What's Next for the Supreme Court's Transgender Bathroom Case?
  • Courts
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Federal

The case revolves around the interpretation of a federal regulation that bans discrimination “on the basis of sex” in schools that receive federal money. The legal question is whether it can also ban discrimination based on gender identity.

The fate of the most controversial case the Supreme Court has agreed to decide this term is uncertain now that the…

Feb 28
photo - Meet Your City Technology and Communications Advocate
photo - Meet Your City Technology and Communications Advocate
  • Advocacy
  • Communications
  • Technology

"It can seem tempting to default on the side of industry in the hopes of spurring innovation, but obviously you cannot prioritize the needs of one entity or company over those of all the other actors in the room – namely, local governments."

Every week leading up to the Congressional City…

Feb 28
photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
  • Youth & Family
  • Education
  • School

NLC’s 2016 Reengagement census suggests a very positive return on investment for cities that pursue a systematic approach to academic reenrollment programs.

The newest census of dropout reengagement programs from the National League of Cities (NLC) shows continuing growth in this field designed to plug a critical gap for several million youth and young adults…

Feb 23
photo - Supreme Court Midterm Review for Local Governments 2017
photo - Supreme Court Midterm Review for Local Governments 2017
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • City Government

The Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 docket is now set – and a number of cases will directly impact local governments.

This article covers cases of interest to local governments which the Court accepted after September 15, 2016 and agreed to hear this term. (Here is a summary of cases of interest to local governments which the Court agreed to hear before September 15…

Feb 22
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
  • City Government
  • State
  • Legal & Legislative

In a new report, NLC finds that states limit city power through preemption in a number of policy areas, ranging from labor protections to taxing authority.

State legislatures have gotten more aggressive in their use of preemption in recent years. Preemption is the use of state law to nullify a municipal ordinance or authority. Proponents of preemption argue…