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Jul 17
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts

As usual, on the last day of the Supreme Court’s term it released its opinion in the biggest case of the term: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Court held 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), as applied to closely held corporations. Though not obvious, this case may have a significant impact on land use regulation. For this…

Jul 14
prison
prison
  • Social Justice
  • Juvenile Justice

This is the fourth post in NLC’s 90th Anniversary series.

The “get tough on crime” movement, emerging in the late 1960s and early 1970s led to enormous increases in drug arrests, longer prison sentences with mandatory minimums, more punitive juvenile justice sentencing and greater incarceration of juveniles, low-income individuals and people of color.

According to the Bureau of…

Jul 14
Kids
Kids
  • Youth & Family
  • Health Care

After working with 12 cities for the last six months as they developed outreach and enrollment campaigns to increase enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP, we are excited to announce that we have selected 8 cities to continue on to the third and final implementation phase of our Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative.

With support from the Atlantic Philanthropies…

Jul 11
Map
Map
  • Economic Development
  • Business

This is a guest blog post by Jon Lieber, Chief Economist at Thumbtack. 

Every year local lawmakers are flooded with studies purporting to tell them what makes their city a good (or in some cases, bad) place for business. The same city can receive a high grade in one report and a low grade in another - this year San Jose ranked 1st in one ranking of “Best US Cities for Small…

Jul 07
City
City
  • Branding

“Technology doesn’t have to be expensive.” That’s what the sales people tell us. These words trigger the warning bell in our heads. But sometimes it turns out to be true, as the city leaders in Lewiston, Maine (pop. 36,600) discovered in their partnership with NLC Corporate Partner CGI Communications.

Prominent on the city's website is a new video tour that highlights the community…

Jul 03
Kids jumping
Kids jumping
  • Youth & Family
  • Health Care

After a very short six months, we have come to the conclusion of the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) project’s planning phase. On May 30, 2014, NLC received business plans from all 12 cities for outreach campaigns to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Business plans are currently under review and NLC…

Jun 30
Construction
Construction
  • Economic Development

Post adapted from Smart Incentives Specialized services can complement financial incentives, while taking the concept of a partnership between business and community to a new level.

Guest blogger Swati Ghosh, the International Economic Development Council's Director of Research and Technical Assistance, reports below on an interesting new paper addressing these and other alternative…

Jun 30
Seattle
Seattle
  • Economic Development
  • Business

“How does a city government work with local industries, businesses, and institutions to keep them in the city and improve communications with them?” This crucial question was raised by Mayor Sam Schwartzkopf of Lincoln, Nebraska, in a 1968 article in NLC’s previously published Nation’s Cities magazine titled “You Have to Work to Keep Industry.” In today’s economic climate, the issue of…

Jun 30
student
student
  • Education
  • Truancy

This post was written by Peter Kleinbard, a consultant who works with organizations serving adolescents. It is the third in a series on dropout reengagement, drawn from the case study: For Young Adults Who Drop Out: Pathways or Merely Stops along the Way? which details the work of two community organizations. The study is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and The…

Jun 27
Citizen Engagement
Citizen Engagement
  • Civic Engagement

Democracy. In the very root of the word is the notion that it is the people who rule. It is engrained in all Americans that in our country, government is by the people and for the people. Of course, for this to be true, the people must be involved. Citizens must be actively engaged in every level of government if our country is to run as we believe it should.

In recent studies by the…