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Oct 09
  • Advocacy
  • Local

While the U.S. government is stalled and wallowing in its own political dysfunction, I spent last week in the midst of some 3,000 movers and shakers representing the municipal movement on a world-wide scale. These city leaders and professional staff from national municipal associations were gathered in Rabat, Morocco for the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders organized by United Cities…

Oct 09
  • Federal
  • Congress

In a previous blog we wrote about the impact of the federal shutdown on workers, and the fact that unemployment is likely to spike as both public and private sector workers temporarily lose their jobs. But sadly, that is only the tip of the iceberg. The federal government shutdown is taking its toll on our most vulnerable Americans: those who are poor and elderly. Though it is true that Social…

Oct 08
  • Federal
  • Congress

A week ago, we thought that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), were safe from the impacts of the federal government shutdown. Now, we're not so sure. As the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will be able to continue to operate. If the shutdown does impact WIA programs,…

Oct 04
  • Solar
  • Renewable

News Flash! The more electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar, the less need there is to “build big new power plants and transmission lines.” Yes, that’s exactly the point of why this country should invest in solar technologies, and why many consumers already have invested in solar panels for their homes and businesses. “Going solar” saves consumers money. In theory, that is…

Oct 04
  • Federal
  • Congress

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day with no resolution in sight, cities are already starting to feel the impacts on transportation infrastructure. If Congress cannot come to an agreement quickly, city residents will be increasingly affected by the loss of federal transportation dollars, and the lack of federal personnel on the job will negatively impact local…

Oct 03
  • Housing

Recently in Atlanta, federal, state, and local officials joined advocates and local practitioners to discuss solutions to housing issues facing communities across the country. During the event, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan spoke about the Administration’s recognition that housing is one of the primary pillars needed to help grow the middle class. Secretary Donovan…

Oct 02
  • Federal
  • Congress

It’s now day two of the federal government shutdown, and many city leaders and residents are still wondering what the impact will be on their communities. Certainly, the shuttering of national parks throughout the country as well as the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo here in Washington, DC (not to mention the Panda Cam!) is grabbing a lot of headlines. But what about environmental…

Oct 02
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Congress

This post was written by Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities.

This government shutdown is appalling.

First, we hoped it wouldn’t happen and that Congress would arrive at a common sense solution at the last minute. Now, we simply hope it won’t last too long.

This is government by manufactured crisis, and it’s not how cities govern, that’s…

Sep 30
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate

Drive just thirty miles west of Pinecrest, Florida - a beautiful, cozy village neighboring Miami - and you are engulfed in a dramatically different landscape.  You look around, taking in the dense, semi-tropical air and the mysteriousness of a river that slowly meanders  through the saw grass, a river home to alligators and crocodiles, water lilies, mangroves and mosquitoes. Thirty…

Sep 27
  • Small Business
Mayor Emanuel provided welcoming remarks at the first-ever Big Ideas for Small Business Summit in Chicago.

 

City government should be a partner, not an obstacle, when it comes to small business development and retention in our communities. This is the major theme that emerged from the first-ever Big Ideas for Small Business Summit held in Chicago recently and co-hosted by…