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Mar 28
meeting
meeting
  • Local
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Advocacy

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) met in Washington, DC to discuss local perspectives on climate, water, resiliency and environmental justice with Administration officials from EPA headquarters, regional administrators and the White House.

At a time when so many environmental issues are at the forefront for…

Mar 25
deadline
deadline
  • Health Care

 

There is less than one week left for your residents to obtain federally-subsidized health insurance through HealthCare.gov.  But as an elected official there is much you can do to help them get federally-subsidized health insurance.

Please let your residents know that if they do not have employer-sponsored insurance, or have not yet purchased insurance through…

Mar 25
  • Youth & Family
  • Health Care

In my last blog post, I examined the reasons why cities and local elected officials are getting involved in enrolling children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It’s simple—connecting families to public health insurance programs is good governance. By doing so, cities reduce the burden on hospital emergency rooms, children are healthier and have…

Mar 20
beach
beach
  • Climate
  • Resilience

This post was written by C. Forbes Tompkins and Christina DeConcini of the World Resources Institute (WRI). The post originally appeared on WRI’s blog.

As communities across America continue to experience increasing climate impacts in the form of rising seas, heat waves, and extreme weather, local and federal leaders are starting to roll up their sleeves. Yesterday, the White House…

Mar 20
light rail
light rail
  • Public Transit
  • Placemaking

This post was written by Roger Williams and Mark Weinheimer to introduce a new case study from NLC about the partnerships that contributed to the construction of the Central Corridor light rail line in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One of the ways cities have tackled challenges to their resiliency has been to undertake transformational projects. These cities have recognized that…

Mar 19
  • Afterschool

This post was written by Jen Rinehart, Vice President of Research & Policy at the Afterschool Alliance. It originally appeared on the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool Snack blog.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to talk with a room full of mayors, city council members and education/policy advisors about the role of federal policy in local afterschool efforts. …

Mar 07
  • Advocacy
  • Resilience
  • Climate

With nearly 1500 mayors, council members, city staff and others coming to DC next week for the Congressional City Conference, it's a great opportunity to educate our members about federal issues affecting cities and launch lobbying efforts around our 2014 federal priorities. Among the priorities this year is supporting community resilience.

By raising awareness on the issue of climate…

Mar 03
Group of people
Group of people
  • Equity

This post was written by Julie Nelson, Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and former Director of the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights.

Having worked for government for 25 years, I have seen the potential for it to be a powerful force for equity and inclusion, but have also seen bureaucracy and perpetuation of the status quo. For…

Feb 28
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Water & Green Infrastructure

This post was written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

In 2013, Mayor Hancock and the City of Denver, Colo. are recognized for their water conservation efforts.

The facts about water shortages are indisputable. Yet,…

Feb 27
Obama
Obama
  • Equity
  • Youth & Family

During his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama called on the philanthropic and business communities to help his Administration come up with solutions to the myriad challenges faced by young men and boys of color. He stated, “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially…