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Jun 15
photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
  • Community
  • City Government

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a critical means of connecting with the public as well.

This is a guest post by Sarah Williamson-Baker and Sarah Gaskill.

Every fall, the…

Jun 14
photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
  • Water
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • City Government

The city of Santa Fe is proof that small cities can take the lead and set an example for larger cities when it comes to resource management.

This is a guest post by Eric West.

For Small Cities Month, NLC asked its member cities what they were most proud of. The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is proud of its heritage as the oldest capital city in North…

Jun 12
photo - 6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
photo - 6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
  • Infrastructure
  • Federal
  • Budget
  • Advocacy

While proponents argue the infrastructure proposal would deliver greater control to states and local governments, the proposal appears to back down on a direct investment in infrastructure that cities and the nation desperately need.

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie.

Last week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to…

Jun 09
photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
  • Economic Development
  • Business
  • Community

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact of the arts in their community.

This is a guest post by Jay H. Dick.

The arts and culture sector is often looked at through a very…

Jun 09
photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
  • Economic Development
  • Community

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and boosts local economic development.

Summer in cities is marked by community gatherings, farmers’ markets and a buzz of outdoor activities. In…

Jun 08
photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
  • Community
  • City Government

The city's Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents.

This is a guest post by Linda Harris.

What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the table, especially those who…

Jun 07
photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
  • Preemption
  • Federal
  • State
  • City Government
  • Public Safety

Your state and local laws could be rendered irrelevant when it comes to possessing and carrying a gun.

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the sites, visit the Statue of Liberty, and walk through Central Park. In Arizona, he can carry a concealed handgun without a permit. When he visits New…

Jun 06
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
  • Economic Development
  • Business
  • Community

We discuss equitable economic development in Memphis with the city's director of housing and community development, Paul Young.

This post is part of a series on NLC's Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship.

Paul Young serves as director of housing and community development for the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

Carlos Delgado: Paul, thank you…

Jun 05
photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
photo - Is the President's Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The Fourth Circuit concluded the revised travel ban likely violates the Establishment Clause, noting that its “text speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision …

Jun 05
photo - Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal
photo - Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal
  • Climate
  • Federal
  • City Government
  • Economic Development

After President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, hundreds of city leaders spoke out to denounce the decision. From New York to Pittsburgh to Dubuque, Iowa, mayors and councilmembers pledged to oppose the withdrawal, work on alternative actions, and continue to address climate change in their own communities…