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Apr 07
photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
photo - Local Governments Sue Over Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Federal
  • Immigration

The executive order is under litigation – but how worried should cities be that the president will actually take away money from sanctuary jurisdictions in the near future?

Five days after assuming office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening to take away federal funding from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. The executive order leaves…

Apr 07
photo - NLC Announces 2017 SolSmart City Challenge
photo - NLC Announces 2017 SolSmart City Challenge
  • Solar
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Economic Development
  • Climate

Cities can earn national recognition and prizes by showcasing their support for solar energy.

Solar energy experienced a record-setting year in 2016 as 14,762 megawatts of solar PV became operational across the U.S. For the first time ever, solar energy was the leading source of new electric generating capacity added to the U.S. energy mix, beating out wind…

Mar 31
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
  • City Government
  • Preemption
  • State

Following a boycott campaign that spanned from PayPal to Deutsche Bank to the NBA, the state of North Carolina repealed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — better known as HB2 or the “Bathroom Bill.” Victory for the law’s opponents came in the form of HB142, a compromise measure drawn up through dramatic last-minute negotiations inside the state legislature.

Unfortunately…

Mar 13
photo - How Your City Can Boost Economic Mobility and Opportunity
photo - How Your City Can Boost Economic Mobility and Opportunity
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Leadership & Management

National League of Cities President Matt Zone challenges every NLC member city to take action to increase economic mobility and opportunity for their residents in 2017.

This is the third post in a series highlighting NLC's 2017 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., March 11-15.

Cities can’t wait. That’s true in so many areas where federal…

Mar 12
photo - Now Is the Time for City Leaders to Engage with NLC
photo - Now Is the Time for City Leaders to Engage with NLC
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership & Management

With the recent potential for cuts to funding for cities, getting involved with NLC's constituency groups, committees and councils gives city leaders an edge when it comes to knowing the best practices – and the right people – they need to get the job done for their constituents.

This is the second post in a series highlighting NLC's 2017 Congressional City…

Mar 11
photo - NLC University Seminars Prepare City Leaders for an Uncertain Future
photo - NLC University Seminars Prepare City Leaders for an Uncertain Future
  • Education
  • Leadership & Management

Annually, city leaders from across the nation convene in Washington, D.C. for NLC's Congressional City Conference. Coupled with traditional conference programming, NLC University is hosting a series of pre-conference seminars designed to prepare city leaders for the road ahead.

This post was co-authored by Chris Abbott and Laura Lanford. It is the first post…

Mar 10
photo - Making Informed Choices About Public Sector Pension Plans
photo - Making Informed Choices About Public Sector Pension Plans
  • Retirement
  • Capacity

NLC’s latest Municipal Action Guide includes a historical look at public sector pension plans, an overview of approaches to pension reforms, and a worksheet to help local officials navigate decision-making regarding their city’s pension plan.

Pensions play a critical role in the ability of local governments to attract and retain the workforce needed to meet…

Mar 10
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Charlotte
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Charlotte
  • Economic Development
  • City Government

We meet one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows, Holly Eskridge of Charlotte, North Carolina, and discuss her experience in the EED program, Charlotte’s equitable economic development priorities, stakeholder engagement and challenges.

The participants in NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship are tackling unemployment, low…

Mar 09
photo - Supreme Court Will Not Decide Transgender Bathroom Case
photo - Supreme Court Will Not Decide Transgender Bathroom Case
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts
  • 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 Supreme Court will not decide – at least not this term – whether transgender students have a right to use the bathroom…

Mar 08
photo - When Cities and States Clash, Women and Families Suffer
photo - When Cities and States Clash, Women and Families Suffer
  • Preemption
  • Federal
  • State
  • City Government

Despite ongoing efforts to create more inclusive, gender-equal workplaces, many states currently prevent cities from passing laws mandating employers provide paid leave.

This post was co-authored by Christiana McFarland and Brooks Rainwater.

Today, people around the globe are donning red, attending marches, and participating in walkouts in solidarity for…