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Jun 05
photo - On Climate, Local Action Trumps National Rhetoric
photo - On Climate, Local Action Trumps National Rhetoric
  • Leadership & Management
  • Climate

While President Trump sent a signal that the United States is unwilling to lead in the fight against climate change, it's local governments that have committed to action.

This post was co-authored by Christiana McFarland and Trevor Langan. It originally appeared on Route 50. Read the full article here.

By abandoning the historic Paris climate agreement…

Jun 01
photo - New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents
photo - New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents
  • Advocacy
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Police

If the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act passes, it could set a dangerous precedent that would allow the federal government to nationalize the police and limit local authority to manage their police departments.

Local officials have historically been responsible for managing local police departments in the United States, and officials in more than 19,000…

Jun 01
photo - It’s Small Cities Month at NLC. Here’s Why We’re Celebrating.
photo - It’s Small Cities Month at NLC. Here’s Why We’re Celebrating.
  • Advocacy

Let’s face it, big cities get a lot of attention. Nationwide, we hear about the accomplishments and innovations of the nation’s biggest cities every day.

Yet small city leaders face many of the same problems that their larger counterpoints do, and often find success despite serious budget constraints.

Whatever the issue, small cities have a way of…

May 31
photo - Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better
photo - Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better
  • Education
  • Community
  • Leadership & Management

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are underfunded.

This is a guest post by Mayor Jim Kenney.

This past month, Philadelphia had the honor of hosting the National League of Cities (…

May 30
photo - The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.
photo - The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.
  • City Government
  • Sharing Economy
  • Business

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments.

This is a guest post by Ulrik Binzer.

Short-term rentals are no longer just a vacation destination issue

The dramatic rise of Airbnb…

May 30
photo - From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum
photo - From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum
  • Leadership & Management
  • Business

City leaders and the private sector must collaborate for our cities to succeed. NLC’s Capstone Leaders Forum brought together public- and private-sector thought leaders to discuss issues ranging from addressing the workforce skills gap to the importance of data.

For local leaders, making their communities economically successful is often at the top of their to…

May 25
photo - Attorney General Memo Undoes Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
photo - Attorney General Memo Undoes Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
  • Immigration
  • Federal

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the government’s first official definition of “sanctuary cities” and made it clear that President Trump’s power to cut off funding from local governments on the basis of immigration policy is limited to cities that "willfully refuse to comply" with a specific section of federal law.

For the most part, and for…

May 23
photo - One Former Mayor Explains How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address
photo - One Former Mayor Explains How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address
  • Leadership & Management
  • City Government

Former Mayor Mike Nelson reveals how city leaders can make policy problems relevant to their constituents and shares four concrete guidelines local officials can use when preparing a public speech on just about any topic.

During the ten years I served as mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, I learned a lot about using a public forum to communicate with my…

May 18
photo - Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?
photo - Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Transportation

With autonomous vehicles on the ground, local governments face challenging questions about how to plan for them, how to integrate them into mixed traffic environments, and how to develop policy around this complex new technology.

This post was co-authored by Nicole DuPuis and Erich Zimmermann.

Much of the conversation about self-driving cars used to…

May 17
photo - Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Importance of Broadband to Cities
photo - Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Importance of Broadband to Cities
  • Broadband
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

Broadband access and adoption help promote economic development and social equity while promoting public health, public safety and educational opportunities for Americans around the country.

This is a guest post by Vice Mayor David Luna.

In a city as big as Mesa, Arizona, with half a million residents and growing, it’s important to stay ahead of the…