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Jul 20
photo - Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here's How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.
photo - Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here's How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.
  • Youth & Family
  • City Government
  • Education
  • Job Training

When it comes to reengaging disconnected youth with education and employment, three cities are reaching the same ambitious goals via different routes.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” To create a roadmap and plot a clear course, collaboratives focused on reengaging opportunity youth in the cities of…

Jul 18
photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts
  • Federal

In the last month of its term (June), the Supreme Court often issues opinions at a dizzying pace. Below is a very brief summary of the cases decided last month affecting local governments.

When it comes to big cases, the Supreme Court's last term was the quietest in recent memory. For local governments, though, the Court’s term was business as usual. In June,…

Jul 18
photo - Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction
photo - Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction
  • Taxation
  • Federal
  • Advocacy

The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare, infrastructure improvement and public safety services to their citizens.

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie.

City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax…

Jul 13
photo - In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America's Cities
photo - In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America's Cities
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • City Government

What is the state of America's cities and towns? Where are our most successful and our most challenged communities? What should the federal government's role in cities be — and is there a road map to urban success?

On Wednesday, NLC Second Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Indiana, and NLC Senior Executive Brooks Rainwater were invited to…

Jul 12
photo - Showcasing Your City Just Got Easier
photo - Showcasing Your City Just Got Easier
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management

Marketing your community’s unique assets is crucial to building a sustainable local economy.

There’s no single, standard definition of economic development, but according to the National League of Cities (NLC) report, What You Should Know: Elected Leaders and Economic Development, it can be broadly defined as a group of programs or activities that seek to…

Jul 12
photo - Hope Is a Vineyard
photo - Hope Is a Vineyard
  • Community
  • Leadership & Management

All cities have blighted neighborhoods with potential that simply need a little sun and water to grow, and it’s micro-level community efforts that constitute that nourishment. Guest author Jack Calhoun shares an inspiring story from the streets of Baltimore that illustrates the power of hope in creating change in our communities.

This is a guest post by Jack…

Jul 12
photo - 5 Things Your City Can Do on Summer Learning Day
photo - 5 Things Your City Can Do on Summer Learning Day
  • Education

July 13 is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, healthy and safe while out of school. Here are five ways your city can promote its summer programs — plus a playbook and a few ideas from other cities.

While the summer months mean fun in the sun and no homework, all that learning accomplished during the school year…

Jul 12
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Boston
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Boston
  • Economic Development
  • Equity

John Smith and Jason Ewas work in economic development policy for the city of Boston. This week, they share how equity plays a central role in Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's economic development agenda.

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

Carlos Delgado: John and Jason, thank you for taking the time to…

Jul 12
photo - Mayors Embrace Inclusive Values Amidst Hate
photo - Mayors Embrace Inclusive Values Amidst Hate
  • Equity
  • Leadership & Management

Mayors play an important role in reinforcing the values of their cities and their residents.

When tensions and uncertainty across the nation are very high, mayors have a responsibility to remind us what we have in common, foster values of inclusivity, and reject hatred and violence. The implicit biases, or unconscious prejudices, wired into our brains can lead…

Jul 12
photo - How Infrastructure Became Washington's Latest Obsession
photo - How Infrastructure Became Washington's Latest Obsession
  • Infrastructure

As unlikely as it may seem, ‘infrastructure’ has become one of the buzzwords of the day. One can hardly strike up a conversation about politics in Washington without the president’s promise of an infrastructure package coming up.

Mayors from cities of all sizes, with all different sorts of priorities, identify infrastructure as being of the utmost importance.…