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Dec 23
  • Local
  • Advocacy

An extended conversation with NLC President Chris Coleman. Listen to an abbreviated podcast of this interview on NLC's Sound Cloud account. As the end of the year approaches, top 100 lists, year-in-reviews and “person of the year” recognitions are beginning to make their rounds. What are the year's biggest themes in politics, culture and entertainment? How about for cities? Despite some…

Dec 20
  • Housing

On the streets of Phoenix, there are no more chronically homeless veterans. Zero. Let that sink in for a moment. There are no veterans in the City of Phoenix who have been on the street for more than one year consecutively or have had four episodes of homelessness in the last three years. That is the definition the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development uses for chronic homelessness…

Dec 20
  • Health & Wellness
  • Exercise
  • Youth & Family
  • Health

This article was written by Jennifer Jennings, Community Health and Aquatics Supervisor, Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department and originally appeared on the Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future website. Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a vibrant city proud of its charming colonial heritage and home to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD…

Dec 12
  • Education
  • School
  • Truancy

At its second national meeting in 2012, the NLC Dropout Reengagement Network set out a number of ambitious goals for itself. These included extending the outreach of the Network further; creating a sense of urgency around the need for reengagement; continuing peer learning; informing federal policy; providing students a voice; and demonstrating impact through narrative and numbers. One year…

Dec 05
  • Youth & Family
  • Afterschool

Scampering into the cafeteria at 2:30 in the afternoon, children at Chicora Elementary School in North Charleston, South Carolina begin to cluster themselves into groups on the cafeteria floor.  Monday through Friday, 1 in 3 students excitedly enters the transformed space gushing with energy.  On the surface, this looks like your typical afterschool program -- the kids eat…

Dec 04
  • City Government
  • Powers

The lawyers and pundits will scour every word in the ruling by Judge Steven Rhodes declaring the City of Detroit eligible for bankruptcy. Truth be told, I’d probably find that exercise exhilarating! In the end however, it’s not the ruling from Judge Rhodes with which I am preoccupied. Nor am I particularly concerned with what Mr. Kevyn Orr, the city's emergency manager, will ultimately present…

Nov 25
  • Violence

Supported by the California Endowment, this post is part of a series, "Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence." The series focuses on what several sectors – parents, teens, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, the faith community, the philanthropic and business sectors, civic leaders and others – can do, independent of state and federal legislative activity, to reduce violence and…

Nov 21
  • Advocacy

Washington, DC is a transient city.  At least it feels that way to me, a transplant.  I moved to DC a little over two years ago, after spending a couple years in Chicago, and before that, Louisville.  When I meet people here, their first question typically is, “what do you do?”  But what quickly follows is, “where do you come from?” For a lot of people, the answer to the…

Nov 20
  • Housing

This post also appears on the blog of The Home Depot Foundation.

Last week in Seattle, NLC held its annual Congress of Cities and Exposition. More than 3,500 participants gathered to learn about the dynamic ways cities are driving change and finding solutions to the most pressing challenges facing local government. Among these challenges…

Nov 18
  • Health & Wellness
  • Exercise
  • Obesity

Everyone has a role to play in preventing childhood obesity, including local elected officials who serve as leaders in adopting policies or making environmental changes so children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives.

Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass and NLC President Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers of Avondale, Ariz. at the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and…