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Feb 08
photo - Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste
photo - Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste
  • Efficiency
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability

An upcoming webinar will show how cities can provide their residents with reliable, low-cost, and easy-to-perform home energy assessments.

When the city of Berkeley, California, launched its Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) in December 2015, other cities around the country started paying attention. The city’s ordinance requires owners of single family…

Feb 07
photo - Is President Trump's "2-for-1" Executive Order Actionable?
photo - Is President Trump's "2-for-1" Executive Order Actionable?
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

Without a doubt, state and local governments would benefit from the repeal of many federal regulations – but there are legal barriers to the president's approach.

Through executive orders, presidents are able to direct the work of administrative agencies and implement authority granted to their office by a federal statute or the U.S. Constitution. President…

Feb 06
photo - As Cities Become ‘Smart’, Public Safety Looks to FirstNet for Priority Broadband
photo - As Cities Become ‘Smart’, Public Safety Looks to FirstNet for Priority Broadband
  • Public Safety
  • Broadband
  • Emergency
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Civic Tech

"FirstNet is the first effort I know of where cross disciplines – police, fire, EMS, mayors, city councils – have all been united." -Tom Sorley, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Houston, Texas

This is a guest post by Ed Parkinson.

The term “Smart Cities” is a popular topic in today’s urban jurisdictions – but what is a Smart City? A Smart City has…

Feb 03
photo - Meet Your City Public Safety Advocate
photo - Meet Your City Public Safety Advocate
  • Advocacy
  • Public Safety

“Public safety will certainly be at the forefront of many of the issues that both the new administration and Congress address.”

Every week leading up to the Congressional City Conference we will continue to feature “Meet Your City Advocate” spotlights. This week, I sat down with Yucel ("u-Jel") Ors, program director for…

Feb 03
photo - What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?
photo - What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

One case in particular gives cities a reason to be excited about this nomination.

The authors of Searching for Scalia evaluated who on President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court would be most like Justice Scalia – the originalist, the textualist, and, most importantly, the conservative. The…

Feb 03
photo - Cities Can Lead National Effort to Get More Young People Working Again
photo - Cities Can Lead National Effort to Get More Young People Working Again
  • Youth & Family
  • Job Training
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Juvenile Justice

Here are three specific areas in which cities and their partners can continue to demonstrate effective practices, adopt supportive policies, and determine what’s needed to grow initiatives that benefit more youth.

"A country for all, and all working when able." If more city leaders were to adopt this vision – along with those of us providing support and…

Feb 03
photo - Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges
photo - Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges
  • Immigration
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Federal

President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order has resulted in confusion and lawsuits which will continue to be resolved in the upcoming months. On Monday night, acting Attorney General Sally Yates directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend the executive order in court. President Trump quickly fired her. Dana Boente was promptly sworn in, and has instructed DOJ lawyers to “defend…

Feb 02
photo - How Six Cities Are Pursuing Equity and Innovation in Economic Development
photo - How Six Cities Are Pursuing Equity and Innovation in Economic Development
  • Economic Development
  • Leadership & Management

The participants in NLC's Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship are tackling unemployment, low income levels, and workforce-related issues in their communities – but each city is employing different tactics.

The need for equitable economic development programs is dire. According to the Brookings Institute, states and localities spend $50 to $80…

Feb 01
photo - Kitchen and Farm Incubators Support Access to Local Food Systems
photo - Kitchen and Farm Incubators Support Access to Local Food Systems
  • Small Business
  • Innovation

NLC's newest municipal action guide provides an overview of food incubator programs as well as guidance on how local governments can support these emerging strategies to promote local entrepreneurship and strengthen local food systems.

As the American Heart Association kicks off national American Heart Month, we are reminded about the importance of accessing…

Feb 01
photo - Mayors Continue to Forge a Path Towards Greater Urban Resilience
photo - Mayors Continue to Forge a Path Towards Greater Urban Resilience
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Leadership & Management
  • City Government

Cities across the country are thinking of new ways to use resources and community assets to strengthen their response to numerous challenges presented by the on-going impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

2017 will be a year where local government leads the charge on urban resilience – and National League of Cities will be there to help. Through our…