Emily Robbins is the Principal Associate for Economic Development with the City Solutions and Applied Research Center at the National League of Cities (NLC). Her research helps city leaders create strong and equitable local economies. Emily is currently focusing on local government strategies for developing small businesses and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Emily manages the Big Ideas for Small Business program at NLC, which is a national peer network of local government staff who convene around best practices for supporting the growth of local business communities. Emily earned a master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston.