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Aug 29
Youth volunteering
Youth volunteering
  • Education

In America, young people who are homeless or face housing instability experience arrest and detention much more often than other youth. As many as 78 percent of the estimated 400,000 homeless youth in America have had at least one interaction with police and 44 percent have spent the night in a juvenile facility or jail.

Recognizing that cities have core interests in public safety and…

Aug 28
iPhones
iPhones
  • Technology

This is a guest post by Facebook Outreach Associate Eva Guidarini.

Across the country, citizens turn to social media to find, follow and connect with their elected officials. At the same time, local government officials use the internet to reach and engage with citizens. Providing a platform that enables direct interactions between governments and citizens is an important part of…

Aug 22
Protestors.
Protestors.
  • Social Justice

This is a co-authored NLC staff post by Leon T. Andrews and Bernadette Onyenaka.

More than 20 city leaders participated on a conference call last week to share their experiences and to express their commitment to stand against hate and bigotry. These local elected officials were joined by national experts, who provided helpful insights and resources.

We Stand with…

Aug 17
A candlelight vigil in Charlottesville.
A candlelight vigil in Charlottesville.
  • Social Justice

Today, in the wake of the violent outbreak in Charlottesville, Virginia, NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony sent an open letter to all city leaders on hate, inclusion and leadership. That letter is reproduced here:

Dear City Leaders:

The violence in Charlottesville this past weekend hit with a searing pain, like salt rubbed in wounds…

Aug 17
A vigil in Philadelphia.
A vigil in Philadelphia.
  • Social Justice

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.

This weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia were another devastating episode of explicit individual racism in America. Thousands of self-proclaimed white nationalists,…

Aug 17
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Economic Development

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. 

Martha Brown, Ken Little and Matt Haessly are part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED)…

Aug 16
Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Mayor Catherine Pugh.
  • Leadership & Management

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities.

On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence, leaving three dead and dozens injured in an apparent act of terrorism. Across the…

Aug 16
A public meeting.
A public meeting.
  • Advocacy

Every city has aspirations and concerns beyond its own borders. When Americans elect their local officials, they’re not just looking for day-to-day task managers — they’re entrusting leaders with their city’s future.

One of the greatest tools available to deliver on that promise is the stakeholder meeting. For federal advocacy campaigns like #FightTheCuts, stakeholder meetings offer a…

Aug 16
Brewers
Brewers
  • Economic Development

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. It also demands funding — for investing in infrastructure, programs, education, and incentives.

Most communities use a mixture of strategies and funding sources to support economic development programs and initiatives. Some municipalities are also exploring the use of innovative…

Aug 16
Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
  • Education

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our second stop, we discover how Nashville, Tennessee is moving policy and practice to create equitable opportunities in postsecondary education and employment.

This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey…