Center for City Solutions

The Center for City Solutions cultivates knowledge, elevates innovation, and helps prepare cities for the future. The Center delivers research, best practices, technical assistance, and leadership education through its applied research group, Rose Center for Public Leadership, Sustainable Cities Institute, and NLC University divisions. Through this work, the Center for City Solutions expands the capacity of city leaders to create strong local economies, vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment.

Urban Innovation

The Center for City Solutions explores and predicts future advancements so that cities can anticipate changes in the urban landscape and prepare accordingly.

The City of the Future initiative is a multi-year research project analyzing five different factors that will shape the evolution of cities in the coming decades including:  technology, workforce automation, culture and demographics, economics, and climate.  

NLC's Cities and Drones analysis, provides insight into the recently released federal rules relating to drone operation, and offers suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances that encourage innovation while also protecting their cities. 

The Sharing Economy initiative analyzes the new paradigm of "collaborative consumption" through research and knowledge sharing.

The Smart Cities initiative educates city officials on the dynamic shift being catalyzed by the growing internet of things environment that supports municipal decision making across a range of sectors.  

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The Rose Center

The Rose Center for Public Leadership promotes excellence in land use decision making, as well as, equity and inclusiveness in economic development policy, programming, and funding by local governments.

Each year, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute, the Daniel Rose Fellowship invites four large-city mayors to serve as fellows and participate in one year of technical assistance with land use experts focusing on an urban development challenge of their choosing.

As part of the new Equitable Economic Development Fellowship, the Rose Center invites a cohort of six cities to select fellowship teams that receive technical assistance and share best practices to bring an intentional focus on communities that have been historically disconnected from economic growth and prosperity.

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Sustainable Cities Institute

NLC's Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) is the urban stakeholder's hub for local climate leadership.

Our Leadership in Community Resilience Fellowship works with ten cities each year to build frameworks for developing, implementing, and evaluating local sustainability and resilience practices. Participating cities present their efforts and insights at NLC's Resilient Cities Summit.

The SolSmart program offers cities technical assistance to improve access and affordability in local solar projects.  With funding from the Department of Energy, the SolSmart program is also developing a new "scorecard" rating system and designation to recognize successful solar energy practices.  

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NLC University

NLC University is a collaborative education and professional development initiative developed by the National League of Cities that helps municipal leaders – both elected and appointed – build the skills they need to better govern, serve, and advocate for their communities.

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Veterans Housing

The Housing Rehabilitation for Veterans with Disabilities program helps cities streamline services and offer stable housing for veterans.

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City Governance

At the heart of local government decision making are the forms, types, and structures of cities. The Cities 101 Fact Sheets provide information on these issues, as well as the topics of elections, finance, charters, and local governing powers.

Officials & Powers

Forms & Types

Finance

Elections

Research & Tools

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 City of the Future

 The City of the Future initiative is a multi-year research project analyzing five different factors that will shape the evolution of cities in the  coming decades including:  technology, workforce automation, culture and demographicseconomics, and climate

 

 

 

Report Cover Sharing Economy

 

2016 Report Cover State of the Cities 

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