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Feb 01
photo - NLC Has a New Website. Here Are Five Reasons to Be Happy About the Change.
photo - NLC Has a New Website. Here Are Five Reasons to Be Happy About the Change.
  • Technology

Our new site is mobile-friendly and enables you to sort through content more easily.

Many times I’ve found myself struggling to navigate a website after someone redesigned it. More than once I’ve wondered why it was changed in the first place. Change isn’t always easy.

Because I was a strong advocate for changes to the National League of Cities (NLC)…

Jan 30
photo - The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities
photo - The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • City Government
  • Police-Community Relations
  • Community
  • Public Safety

An attempt to shift the federal responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws to local governments is an unfunded mandate that diverts critical resources from local government programs.

This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Aileen Carr.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the…

Jan 30
photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
  • Early Childhood
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Education

“Imagine a city known for excellent environmental education because its parks are natural classroom. As a city, we are creating greater access to nature for all of our younger residents.” -Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

In November, seven Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) sites began implementing strategies for connecting children to…

Jan 30
photo - Meet Your City Human Development Advocate
photo - Meet Your City Human Development Advocate
  • Advocacy

“Policy in the human development sphere is all about improving quality of life.”

With a new administration and a new Congress, the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Federal Advocacy team will be busy raising the voices of cities throughout 2017. As part of our initiative, we wanted to introduce you…

Jan 30
photo - Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding
photo - Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The State and Local Legal Center's Lisa Soronen discusses a few possible legal theories cities may rely on if they sue the federal government in the wake of President Trump's most recent executive order.

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities who do not cooperate with the federal government in…

Jan 30
photo - Forecasting the Future of Cities Under President Trump
photo - Forecasting the Future of Cities Under President Trump
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Economic Development
  • Infrastructure

Campaign rhetoric can give us insight into a politician’s perspective, even after they take office.

This is a guest post by Dr. Michael Pagano. 

The 2016 presidential campaign rhetoric was laced with mischaracterizations of cities, even as we have come to understand the importance of cities and metro regions as the nation’s key economic drivers in the…

Jan 30
photo - President Obama signs an executive order
photo - President Obama signs an executive order
  • Federal
  • Leadership & Management
  • Legal & Legislative

Can President Trump cancel President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders?

Former President Barack Obama, like most of the presidents that recently preceded him, issued about 300 executive orders. While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to cancel President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders, and during his first days in…

Jan 30
photo - downtown Reno, Nevada
photo - downtown Reno, Nevada
  • Small Business
  • City Government
  • Economic Development
  • Infrastructure

When a company chooses a location for a major relocation or expansion, the details behind the decision aren’t often divulged in the media. This new podcast gives listeners an inside look at the site selection process, and the stories behind how the location was selected and what it took to close the deal.

This is a guest post by Andy Levine and Patience…

Jan 25
NYC High Line Image
NYC High Line Image
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Parks And Recreation

The benefits of public green spaces within, or accessible to, urban areas are much greater than are often immediately understood. Here’s how cities stand to gain from increasing access to parks.

This is a guest post by Jaime B. Matyas.

As the nation seeks to unite after a contentious presidential election, areas of shared commitment should be prized…

Jan 22
U.S. Marshals photo
U.S. Marshals photo
  • Security

An inauguration requires an incredible amount of law enforcement officers to keep spectators and protesters safe. Such a feat is only accomplished with the help of local police officers from around the country.

Thousands of Americans convene in Washington every four years to witness and celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next…