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Apr 24
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts

The Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action ruling should be viewed through the lens of public employment and contracts not just public universities. In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action the Supreme Court held 6-2 that voters may by ballot prohibit affirmative action in public universities admission decisions.  While this case was limited to the use of race in public…

Apr 24
Lyft
Lyft
  • Sharing Economy
  • Transportation

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar present cities with the opportunity to radically transform transportation in their communities. If cities make use of the lessons they are learning from work with car share firms like Zip Car and with bike share programs, they are likely to achieve remarkable success in the newest iteration of the sharing economy.

However, if current trends are any indication,…

Apr 23
Word cloud
Word cloud
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability

This is the second blog in a series on why the key to protecting our environment lies in city innovation.

It’s no accident that “energy” is one of the main components of city sustainability plans. If we drilled down, much of these efforts likely focus on buildings. With buildings representing 39 percent of the nation’s energy use, 72 percent of electricity use and one third of all…

Apr 23
Medellin Hills
Medellin Hills
  • City Government

This is the seventh post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia.

 

Had my trip to the World Urban Forum been limited to a tour of the city of Medellin, the trip would have been worth it. This is truly a city on the rise. Gone is the violence and narco-terror for which the city was famous. In its place is a young, vibrant city filled with new…

Apr 22
earth day
earth day
  • Environment & Sustainability

This is the first blog in a series on why the key to protecting our environment lies in city innovation. 

I grew up feeling a lot of guilt on Earth Day. When April 22 of every year came around, I felt a huge pile of bricks dropped on my shoulders. How many more natural resources could we waste? How could we ignore what we were doing to our water bodies? How could I have thrown…

Apr 22
Climate
Climate
  • Resilience
  • Disaster Preparedness

This is the sixth post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia.

Throughout the week long meeting of the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, there was clear agreement:

Our climate is changing, temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising, droughts are worsening, storms are becoming more violent, fires are larger and more expansive…

Apr 18
Mayor speaking
Mayor speaking
  • Equity

As teams from 11 cities across the nation gathered in Oakland last week to share ideas on how to improve life outcomes for young black men and boys, energy and commitment levels were high. Following President Obama’s launch of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the room buzzed with a palpable sense that the stars were finally aligning for a serious push to promote black male…

Apr 18
Group of workers
Group of workers
  • Economic Development
  • Clusters

This is a guest post written by Daria Siegel, Director of Launch LM and Andrew Breslau, Downtown Alliance Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

It seems everybody these days wants a “tech cluster.” Municipalities across the country are repositioning themselves as tech friendly in hopes of capturing some of the promise the industry might hold for their local economy.…

Apr 17
Vets Stats
Vets Stats
  • Housing

After enduring years of Vermont winters on the streets, a homeless veteran finally found a place to call home through a partnership between regional nonprofits, the Veterans Administration and the City of Winooski, a town with a population of less than 7,300.

When asked about the impact on his life, he said, “this program has helped me stay sober for three years. I have been given not…

Apr 14
Computer
Computer
  • Economic Development

This is a guest post by Ellen Harpel, president of Business Development Advisors and Founder of Smart Incentives.

Incentives are taxpayer backed programs used to influence business decisions and spur company investment or job creation in specific locations. Incentive use has expanded tremendously over the past several years, though the exact amount of money devoted to incentives is…