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Feb 28
photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
  • Youth & Family
  • Education
  • School

NLC’s 2016 Reengagement census suggests a very positive return on investment for cities that pursue a systematic approach to academic reenrollment programs.

The newest census of dropout reengagement programs from the National League of Cities (NLC) shows continuing growth in this field designed to plug a critical gap for several million youth and young adults…

Feb 23
photo - Supreme Court Midterm Review for Local Governments 2017
photo - Supreme Court Midterm Review for Local Governments 2017
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • City Government

The Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 docket is now set – and a number of cases will directly impact local governments.

This article covers cases of interest to local governments which the Court accepted after September 15, 2016 and agreed to hear this term. (Here is a summary of cases of interest to local governments which the Court agreed to hear before September 15…

Feb 22
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
  • City Government
  • State
  • Legal & Legislative

In a new report, NLC finds that states limit city power through preemption in a number of policy areas, ranging from labor protections to taxing authority.

State legislatures have gotten more aggressive in their use of preemption in recent years. Preemption is the use of state law to nullify a municipal ordinance or authority. Proponents of preemption argue…

Feb 21
photo - The Difference Between Serving Startups and Scaleups
photo - The Difference Between Serving Startups and Scaleups
  • Small Business
  • Economic Development
  • City Government

City leaders have the power to help local entrepreneurs start, scale, and retain their businesses – but each stage of development calls for different tactics.

This is a guest post by Penny Lewandowski, a NLC University seminar speaker. The post was originally published here.

In the business arena, one size does not always fit all. Businesses come in…

Feb 17
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
  • Federal
  • City Government
  • Education

Both cities and the federal government want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at a local and national level – but the legal and fiscal powers of both levels of government are limited, and the policies of the new administration will likely complicate this dynamic even more.

In the first installment of this series,…

Feb 16
photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Finance
  • City Government

"When cities are given the directive and the resources, projects just get done faster, more efficiently and with better end results."

Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference we'll feature a “Meet Your City Advocate” spotlight as part of a series introducing you to NLC's Federal Advocacy team. This week, I sat down with Brett Bolton,…

Feb 16
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
  • Civic Engagement
  • Civic Tech
  • City Government
  • Innovation

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents?

This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and Alex Pedersen.

There is incredible wisdom and powerful data when civic engagement is done right. But when it’s not, we get the unfortunately all…

Feb 14
photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
  • Early Childhood
  • Youth & Family
  • City Government

Giving proper support to the people who care for young children is really a matter of infrastructure in any city – and city leaders should treat it with that level of importance. Here are five key takeaways from the Early Childhood Workforce meeting that occurred in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

Leaders from seven cities joined the National League of…

Feb 13
photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The executive order on refugees has had a significant impact on America's cities – but it could also be an indicator of how the president's executive orders will generally be interpreted throughout the legal system moving forward.

On February 9, the Ninth Circuit Court refused to stay a district court’s temporary restraining order disallowing President Donald…

Feb 10
photo - Cities Are Part of the Prescription to Fix America’s Affordable Housing Crisis
photo - Cities Are Part of the Prescription to Fix America’s Affordable Housing Crisis
  • Federal
  • Housing
  • Economic Development

Dr. Ben Carson will likely take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its budget. HUD provides significant resources to cities and their residents – so when it comes to affordable housing assistance, what does that mean for cities?

This article was made possible with the research support of American University Department of Public…