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May 12
Typewriter
Typewriter
  • Financial Empowerment

This is the second of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?”

In today’s complex financial and economic landscape, families in the lower and middle income brackets can easily find themselves standing on the precipice of financial disaster.…

May 12
Computer screen
Computer screen
  • Business

Today marks the launch of National Small Business Week (May 12-16), an annual event hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize and support local entrepreneurs and small business owners.

As a cosponsor, NLC encourages you to take some time this week to engage with your local small business community, whether it’s through an official National Small Business Week event…

May 12
Desks
Desks
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Business

This is the first of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” 

America is a country of entrepreneurs, inventors, and idea creators. From this nation’s founding, new ideas have driven our grand democratic experiment with commerce providing…

May 09
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts
  • Utility

In T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell the Supreme Court will decide whether a letter denying a cell tower construction application that doesn’t explain the reasons for the denial meets the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) “in writing” requirement.

T-Mobile applied to construct a 108-foot cell tower in an area zoned single-family residential.  The City of Roswell’s ordinance only…

May 09
Subway
Subway
  • Transportation
  • Rail

Communities across the country will celebrate the 7th annual National Train Day tomorrow, May 10th, taking a moment to enjoy both the romance and significance of passenger rail in connecting people and places.

From the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, Texas to the Train Museum, Converse County Visitor Information Center and 1886 Historic Depot in Douglas, Wyo. to the Gold…

May 08
Bridge
Bridge
  • Education
  • Truancy
  • Career

This post was written by Peter Kleinbard, a consultant who works with organizations serving adolescents. This is the first post in a series that describes how organizations that operate dropout reengagement programs work with city and state leaders as well as private funders to maximize success.

In 2011, I began an examination of two programs serving young adults who had dropped out of…

May 07
Fire
Fire
  • Climate
The continuing drought in the west and wildfires burning in the plains are real world examples—happening right now—of what scientists say is evidence of climate change. Remember the floods in Colorado last year and Hurricane Sandy the year before? Those too are indicative of the kinds of extreme weather events the U.S. will face in the coming years because of climate change. Hotter. Drier.…
May 07
Children
Children
  • Youth & Family
  • Health Care

This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org.

There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders…

May 07
st. paul light rail
st. paul light rail
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Transit
  • Transportation

James Brooks, Roger Williams and Mark Weinheimer contributed to this post.

Far too many in this country face a transportation infrastructure that is woefully inadequate, limiting opportunities and increasing costs in terms of people’s time and money. While other countries continue to invest, America’s aging infrastructure inhibits our nation’s economic competitiveness and lessens…

May 06
Bridge
Bridge
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Water & Green Infrastructure

This is a guest post written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

With cities across the United States facing water scarcity, five U.S. cities were honored today for the commitment of their residents to making water-saving choices as part of the third annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

The cities of Dallas, TX, Corpus Christi,…