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Aug 17
A vigil in Philadelphia.
A vigil in Philadelphia.
  • Social Justice

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.

This weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia were another devastating episode of explicit individual racism in America. Thousands of self-proclaimed white nationalists,…

Aug 17
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Economic Development

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. 

Martha Brown, Ken Little and Matt Haessly are part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED)…

Aug 16
Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Mayor Catherine Pugh.
  • Leadership & Management

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.

On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence, leaving three dead and dozens injured in an apparent act of terrorism. Across the…

Aug 16
A public meeting.
A public meeting.
  • Advocacy

Every city has aspirations and concerns beyond its own borders. When Americans elect their local officials, they’re not just looking for day-to-day task managers — they’re entrusting leaders with their city’s future.

One of the greatest tools available to deliver on that promise is the stakeholder meeting. For federal advocacy campaigns like #FightTheCuts, stakeholder meetings offer a…

Aug 16
Brewers
Brewers
  • Economic Development

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. It also demands funding — for investing in infrastructure, programs, education, and incentives.

Most communities use a mixture of strategies and funding sources to support economic development programs and initiatives. Some municipalities are also exploring the use of innovative…

Aug 16
Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
  • Education

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our second stop, we discover how Nashville, Tennessee is moving policy and practice to create equitable opportunities in postsecondary education and employment.

This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey…

Aug 16
A vigil for Charlottesville.
A vigil for Charlottesville.
  • Social Justice

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.

This weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia were another devastating episode of explicit individual racism in America. Thousands of self-proclaimed white nationalists,…

Aug 02
photo - NLC Launches Local Climate Solutions Engagement Program
photo - NLC Launches Local Climate Solutions Engagement Program
  • Climate
  • Leadership & Management

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new program aimed at elevating local climate engagement activities by its members and affiliates in nearly 19,000 American cities and towns.

This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Daniel Barry.

In light of the need to prevent pollution while also preparing for adverse impacts we anticipate…

Aug 02
photo - How Charleston Creates a City of Opportunity
photo - How Charleston Creates a City of Opportunity
  • Job Training
  • Education
  • Data Management

This summer, we've embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our first stop, we discover how the city of Charleston, South Carolina, uses data to create more equitable opportunities for all its residents.

This post was co-authored by Dana D'Orazio and Audrey Hutchinson. This is…

Jul 31
photo - We Can Give Your City the Purchasing Power It Needs to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
photo - We Can Give Your City the Purchasing Power It Needs to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
  • Opioid Crisis
  • City Government

Emergency medical service (EMS) staff can play a crucial role in the fight by administering the drug naloxone to help reduce opioid overdose.

This post was co-authored by Emma Lieberth and Rasheeda Senger.

As the National League of Cities (NLC) reported in A Prescription for Action, a report on the opioid epidemic jointly issued by NLC and the National…