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Jan 20
Inauguration photo
Inauguration photo
  • City Government

Regardless of party affiliation and policy disagreements, the model of local input in the federal process over the recent years should be replicated, not rejected.

This is a guest post by Mayor Craig Thurmond.

Today, hundreds of thousands gather in Washington, D.C. to witness the 58th Inauguration in American history. People have traveled across the…

Jan 19
Trenton, NJ farmer's market
Trenton, NJ farmer's market
  • Health & Wellness

Guest author Deborah Levine shares with mayors and community leaders her city’s blueprint for coordinating better overall health outcomes in their communities.

This is a guest post by Deborah Levine.

New Jersey is geographically, economically and ethnically diverse. We are also diverse in terms of health outcomes. Life expectancy, for example, varies…

Jan 18
Mayors and city leaders address health issues
Mayors and city leaders address health issues
  • City Government

“When you look at maps of neighboring communities and ZIP codes and see significant disparities in life expectancy within a couple of miles – sometimes blocks – you’re compelled to advance policies to address those gaps in a meaningful way.” – Mayor David Baker of Kenmore, Washington.

This is a guest post by Nancy Zuech Lim and Sue Pechilio Polis. The post was originally published on …

Jan 18
White House
White House
  • City Government

NLC is advocating for what may be cities’ most important federal priority in 2017: promoting a positive narrative around cities to the incoming administration and new lawmakers in Congress.

In the nation’s capital, the remarkable success of the Republican Party in the 2016 election surprised many and started a fresh debate over the message voters wanted to deliver to Washington.…

Jan 18
Retirement Couple
Retirement Couple
  • Economic Development

Beginning in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, cities who sponsor “other postemployment benefit (OPEB)” plans (e.g., retiree healthcare) will have to recognize the unfunded liabilities of those plans on their balance sheets. OPEB plans provide benefits other than pensions in retirement: typically health coverage, but sometimes life insurance or other benefits. Cities that participate in…

Jan 16
MLK
MLK
  • Leadership & Management

Throughout the civil rights movement, housing was inextricably linked to the call for equality. But also tied to the movement was the recognition of a need to serve.

As the nation pauses to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is worth remembering that our country’s immediate response to his death was to pass legislation related to housing discrimination.

Jan 14
Pictured is the Oregon Convention Center.
Pictured is the Oregon Convention Center.
  • Solar
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Economic Development
  • Climate

This is a guest post by Odette Mucha.

In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in the United States. With more than one million solar projects now operating across the country, the U.S. has over 35 gigawatts of total solar installed capacity – enough to power the equivalent of 6.5 million average American homes. This is an industry that is growing fast.…

Jan 13
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • City Government

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that one of the goals of his new administration is to get rid of federal regulations. Three on the chopping block of particular interest to state and local government include:

the Clean Power Plan (CPP), President Barack Obama’s signature climate change measure the regulations defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a significant…
Jan 11
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto delivers his annual State of the City address on January 26, 2016. (photo: Pittsburgh City Paper)
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto delivers his annual State of the City address on January 26, 2016. (photo: Pittsburgh City Paper)
  • City Government

Your State of the City address has great potential to both inform your community and rally them to action – and success, of course, depends on the quality of your speech and its delivery. To aid in that effort, National League of Cities (NLC) has developed a new guide, “How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address.” Here’s a brief overview:

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A good…

Jan 07
Getty images
Getty images
  • City Government

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host a webinar on how cities can comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements & improve outcomes for young adults with mental illness.

Nationwide, cities and their partners continue to experiment with ways to avoid taking young adults to jail, especially in cases…