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Jun 26
photo - How Cities Can Start Participatory Budgeting
photo - How Cities Can Start Participatory Budgeting
  • Budget
  • City Government

Participatory budgeting is a process that allows community members to decide how to spend part of a public budget. Guest author Ginny Browne explains how the city of Seattle incorporated the process and provides a toolkit for local leaders to follow suit.

This is a guest post by Ginny Browne.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a better way to manage…

Jun 23
photo - House Leaders Hear NLC on Issues of Preemption and Local Control
photo - House Leaders Hear NLC on Issues of Preemption and Local Control
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

On Thursday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member Patrick Wojahn, mayor of College Park, Maryland, testified before the new Bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Relations created by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Speaker Ryan opened the hearing, stating “There’s no question that we can work better, as partners, with…

Jun 23
photo - What You Need to Know About the NLC Summer Leadership Meeting
photo - What You Need to Know About the NLC Summer Leadership Meeting
  • Leadership & Management

This week, more than 250 city leaders convened in Cleveland for the National League of Cities 2017 Summer Board and Leadership Meeting.

Hosted by NLC President Matt Zone, the meeting provided a platform for NLC's board of directors, federal advocacy committees and member networking councils to discuss the organization's advocacy priorities and policy positions…

Jun 23
photo - How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning
photo - How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning
  • Resilience
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • City Government

NLC recently joined a community forum on hazard adaptation and mitigation in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, where federal, state and local agencies were working together to take action on climate change. Here’s what we learned.

This post was co-authored by Shafaq Choudry and Meri St. Jean.

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration made headlines…

Jun 22
photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
  • Opioid Crisis
  • City Government
  • Public Safety

Through new approaches, community outreach and education, and even legal action, municipal governments are continuing to lead the most comprehensive efforts to date in the battle against widespread opioid addiction.

The increasing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the scene of a drug overdose is putting the lives of first responders at great risk.…

Jun 22
photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
photo - Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

If the deciding justice finds that there is no clear way to determine constitutionality — and thus no clear way to establish laws against the practice — then the issue will continue to affect politics for the foreseeable future.

In Gill v. Whitford the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan…

Jun 21
photo - Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.
photo - Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.
  • Nutrition
  • Afterschool
  • Food
  • Health & Wellness
  • City Government

Working with NLC through the CHAMPS initiative, a cohort of small cities in Alabama is showing the rest of the country how they are successfully increasing access to out-of-school time meals for children.

Cities across the country, large and small, face the same challenge with many of their low-income children losing access to nutritious meals when the school…

Jun 21
photo - All Transportation Is Local
photo - All Transportation Is Local
  • Transportation
  • Public Transit
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management
  • Environment & Sustainability

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising.

This is a guest post by Hayley Richardson.

Despite the importance of transportation to their constituents, many local elected officials feel there’s…

Jun 16
photo - How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails
photo - How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails
  • Public Safety
  • City Government

The next phase in this NLC initiative can help your city better allocate scarce resources as well as improve public safety and overall outcomes for young adults.

Close to home in cities, jails open up the "front door of mass incarceration" by placing five times as many people behind bars each year compared with prisons. Cities have opportunities to reduce the…

Jun 15
photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
  • Economic Development
  • Equity
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management

Our annual analysis of mayoral State of the City addresses shows that cities are increasingly focusing on workforce and small business development through an equity lens. Here’s how several mayors from around the country are making equity a priority.

This post was co-authored by Emily Robbins and Dana D'Orazio.

The recent release of NLC’s 2017 State of…