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Jul 28
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Minneapolis
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Minneapolis
  • Equity
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Opportunity

Jim Terrell works in community planning and economic development policy for the city of Minneapolis. This week, he talks about the city's new Access to Capital program and why an equitable approach to economic development is a priority for Mayor Betsy Hodges.

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

Jim…
Jul 28
photo - San Francisco Is Helping Kids Develop a Love of Nature
photo - San Francisco Is Helping Kids Develop a Love of Nature
  • Youth & Family
  • City Government

Here's how the city is partnering with several groups and organizations to create equitable access to nature programming for its youth.

This is a guest post by Tracy Muckey.

This spring, Yolanda and three of her children joined a YMCA of San Francisco Family Camp in the Marin Headlands, a national park located on a hilly peninsula at the southernmost…

Jul 27
photo - Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)
photo - Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)
  • Community
  • Civic Engagement
  • City Government

New research shows cities that prioritize the maintenance of public spaces and community assets are more likely to inspire civic trust, stewardship and participation in public life. Here are three key findings — and three ways city leaders can incorporate them in their communities.

This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber. This is the second post in a three-…

Jul 26
photo - Follow NLC and LinkedIn on a Summer Road Trip
photo - Follow NLC and LinkedIn on a Summer Road Trip
  • Education
  • Economic Opportunity

The National League of Cities and LinkedIn are visiting six cities this summer to promote equity, education and employment and create a model that all cities can use to boost economic opportunities for their residents.

This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey M. Hutchinson.

The National League of Cities (NLC) and LinkedIn — with generous…

Jul 25
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
  • Resilience
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Infrastructure
  • City Government
  • Community

The 2017 summit centered around how to finance resilient infrastructure and implement actions to build more resilient communities. Here are four key takeaways.

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Jeremy Sigmon and Cooper Martin.

Last week, an inspirational group of mayors, senior city officials, and nationally-recognized experts gathered in…

Jul 24
photo - 2018 Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments
photo - 2018 Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

Lisa Soronen details the four most interesting cases for local governments to be reviewed this coming fall — plus one monumental case still under consideration that will affect every city in America.

Most of the Supreme Court’s interesting grants for its new term (beginning the first Monday in October) usually come in the fall. It is rare that the Supreme…

Jul 24
photo - What Is the Future of Work in Cities?
photo - What Is the Future of Work in Cities?
  • Job Training
  • Economic Development

From the agrarian societies of the 19th century to the modern digital workforce, the nature of our work and economy has always changed over time.

These forces of change converge in cities, which act as epicenters of bold experimentation as well as unease about the future. Our newest video explores what might be ahead:

While fear about technology's…

Jul 24
photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The court rejected the weight the Department of Justice tried to place on the recent memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, concluding it is not likely a binding legal opinion. So, is the executive order currently enforceable?

In April, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump Administration from enforcing the…

Jul 24
photo - Tax Reform: A Primer or Another False Start?
photo - Tax Reform: A Primer or Another False Start?
  • Taxation
  • Federal
  • Budget

While summer in Washington, D.C., is a time typically marked by six weeks of Congressional recess, the talk of tax reform is heating up in the nation's capital.

With the release of the anticipated House budget blueprint, titled “Building A Better America,” it seems legislators are ready to turn their attention from healthcare to tax reform. Coupled with the…

Jul 24
photo - Insure Your Bonds: How to Lower Financing Costs for Your City
photo - Insure Your Bonds: How to Lower Financing Costs for Your City
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Infrastructure

Local governments leveraged the municipal bond market to raise more than $200 billion for new investments in infrastructure last year alone — and there are tools out there to further lower the cost of municipal bond financing for cities.

This post was co-authored by Michael Stanton and Rasheeda Senger.

We all know the statistics. The American Society…