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May 08
Bridge
Bridge
  • Education
  • Truancy
  • Career

This post was written by Peter Kleinbard, a consultant who works with organizations serving adolescents. This is the first post in a series that describes how organizations that operate dropout reengagement programs work with city and state leaders as well as private funders to maximize success.

In 2011, I began an examination of two programs serving young adults who had dropped out of…

May 07
Fire
Fire
  • Climate
The continuing drought in the west and wildfires burning in the plains are real world examples—happening right now—of what scientists say is evidence of climate change. Remember the floods in Colorado last year and Hurricane Sandy the year before? Those too are indicative of the kinds of extreme weather events the U.S. will face in the coming years because of climate change. Hotter. Drier.…
May 07
Children
Children
  • Youth & Family
  • Health Care

This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org.

There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders…

May 07
st. paul light rail
st. paul light rail
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Transit
  • Transportation

James Brooks, Roger Williams and Mark Weinheimer contributed to this post.

Far too many in this country face a transportation infrastructure that is woefully inadequate, limiting opportunities and increasing costs in terms of people’s time and money. While other countries continue to invest, America’s aging infrastructure inhibits our nation’s economic competitiveness and lessens…

May 06
Bridge
Bridge
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Water & Green Infrastructure

This is a guest post written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation.

With cities across the United States facing water scarcity, five U.S. cities were honored today for the commitment of their residents to making water-saving choices as part of the third annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

The cities of Dallas, TX, Corpus Christi,…

May 06
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts

Justice Kennedy is better known for his rhetorical flair than his practical guidance.  But his majority opinion in Town of Greece v. Galloway provides a roadmap cities can follow to stay out of trouble when beginning city council meetings with a prayer. While anyone could give a prayer at a Town of Greece board meeting, from 1999-2007 all pray givers were Christian.  Some referred to…

May 05
New York City
New York City
  • Economic Development

This post was written by Ellen Harpel, founder of Smart Incentives and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA), an economic development and market intelligence consulting firm. Post originally appeared on Smart Incentives blog.

City leaders have many concerns about the cost and effectiveness of economic development incentives in their communities, as we learned from…

May 05
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts
  • Air Quality and Emissions

Given the Supreme Court’s prominent role in deciding important issues of the day, it is easy to get caught up in the latest juicy Court mishap.  Justice Scalia erroneously depicted precedent in his dissent in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, which had to be corrected.

But don’t let that be the reason you read this blog post.  This case is important for cities. The Clean Air…

Apr 28
Police car
Police car
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts
By Ildar Sagdejev, via Wikimedia Commons

In Heien v. North Carolina, a police officer pulled over a car because he thought North Carolina law required that motor vehicles have two working brake lights.  It turns out the officer was wrong.  The North Carolina Court of Appeals concluded that state law requires motor vehicles to only have one working brake light.

So how did…

Apr 25
Mom and son reading
Mom and son reading
  • Youth & Family
  • Education
  • Early Childhood

This post was written by Tonja Rucker, Principal Associate for Early Childhood at NLC. The post also appears on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's blog.

Historically, education and human service systems have developed independently from each other despite sharing a common purpose.  Insufficient communication and coordination among systems and programs for young children can…