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May 20
  • Transportation
  • Rail

Celebrating Train Day and Transportation Week  May is a month for celebrating transportation across the country.  National Transportation Week was held May 14-20 and Train Day on May 11.   For cities and towns, transportation is always a critical topic. Our multi-modal transportation network is essential to economic development and community vitality. Amtrak and Train Day…

May 10
  • Transportation
  • Placemaking

I live in a region that is nationally known for its traffic congestion.  In virtually every poll, newspaper article, or blog on the topic (google “DC region traffic congestion” for proof), the DC metro area is up in the ranks.  Somewhat under the radar are the initiatives taking place throughout the region to provide viable alternatives to residents who are desperately trying to…

May 06
  • Placemaking
  • Historic Preservation

Shepherdstown, West Virginia (population under 2,000) matches the historic charm of a Shenandoah Valley retreat with the energy and entrepreneurship usually found in a more urban setting. In the competition for best in class among small communities, Shepherdstown punches above its size and weight. Ignore the pre-Revolutionary founding (1762) and the advantages of geography (77 miles from the…

May 01
  • Civic Engagement
  • Constituent Relations

This is the fourth post in a blog series highlighting communities that were profiled in the new Knight Foundation and NLC joint report, Bright Spots in Community Engagement.  The report showcases 14 U.S. communities that are building greater civic participation and engagement from the bottom up. Previous blog posts included an in-depth look at Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago.  “…

Apr 29
  • Civic Engagement

This post was written by Matt Leighninger, Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium. This is the second post in a blog series highlighting communities that were profiled in the new Knight Foundation and NLC joint report, Bright Spots in Community Engagement.  The report showcases 14 U.S. communities that are building greater civic participation and engagement from the bottom…

Apr 25
  • Civic Engagement

This is the first post in a blog series highlighting communities that were profiled in the forthcoming Knight Foundation and NLC joint report, Bright Spots in Community Engagement. The report showcases 14 U.S. communities that are building greater civic participation and engagement from the bottom up. “My belief is that if we keep helping these good guys [in City Hall] do good work, their…

Apr 12
  • Federal
  • Advocacy

This post was written by Carolyn Coleman, Director, Center for Federal Relations at the National League of Cities. This is the fourth post in a series this week discussing different perspectives on the results of NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey. At a time when our recent Local Economic Conditions survey report shows that cities are still struggling in significant ways and growth…

Apr 11

This is the third post in a series this week discussing different perspectives on the results of NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey. Last week’s findings from National League of Cities’ Local Economic Conditions (LEC) Survey indicated that local economies have improved over the last year, but cities are still struggling in pivotal areas – notably with a workforce skills gap and…

Apr 10
  • Job Training

This is the second post in a series this week discussing different perspectives on the results of NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey.

With the recent release of the March jobs numbers, we are quickly reminded that what may finally seem like recovery must be viewed with cautious optimism. Our first blog post in this series dug deeper into…

Apr 09
  • Revenue

This is the first post in a series this week discussing different perspectives regarding the results of NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey. NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions (LEC) Survey, which was released last week, showed overall improvement in local economic benchmarks over the last year. But it also demonstrated that certain indicators are lagging behind, such as the…