Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Sep 27
Treasury
Treasury
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Taxation

NLC calls on Congress and the President to preserve the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. Learn more about how SALT helps cities provide essential services to below and join NLC in our efforts to to protect the state and local tax deduction.

  • Federal Advocacy
Sep 11
  • Finance
  • City Government

The 2017 City Fiscal Conditions survey of city finance officers reveals the start of fiscal contraction in the municipal sector following several years of post-recession growth. Several major findings taken together signal a slowdown on the horizon, including waning confidence of city finance officers, slowing local revenue and spending trends and insufficient post-recession revenue recovery…

  • Center for City Solutions
Sep 07
Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey
  • Emergency
  • Leadership & Management

The catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of Americans across Texas and Louisiana. Now, as Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms recorded, is downgraded to a tropical storm, the process of rescue and recovery begins.

As leaders of their community, city officials are faced with the daunting tasks of preparing for and/or rebuilding from these…

  • Member Services and Engagement
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Infrastructure & Sustainability
Aug 29
Economic Conditions
Economic Conditions
  • Economic Development
  • Equity

Rural vs. urban. It’s a simple yet compelling narrative about the dichotomous relationship between place and economic growth. It has become our frame of reference for everything from the opioid epidemic to national election results. Often this characterization is meaningful, particularly to describe post-recession economic trends in the broadest of terms. But digging deeper reveals an even…

  • Center for City Solutions
Aug 16
  • Social Justice

In response to last Saturday's tragic incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, the National League of Cities has called on cities to issue a statement or formal resolution affirming their commitment to values of equity, fairness, inclusion and justice.

NLC’s Racial Equity and Leadership team, in partnership with the Center for Social Inclusion and the Government Alliance for Race and…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Aug 04
  • Youth & Family
  • Early Childhood

National League of Cities and the Center for the Study of Social Policy are currently working with partner communities to pilot the Early Learning Community Action Guide in preparation for wider release in 2018. These materials expand upon Early Learning Communities: Building Blocks for Success, released in 2016 and available here. Please contact Katie Whitehouse at whitehouse@nlc.org with any…

Aug 03
  • Veterans Homelessness

The Mayors Challenge is a network of 611 elected officials, including 521 mayors, 83 county and city officials, and seven governors who have made a permanent commitment to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring, beginning with veterans. 

Here you will find local elected officials who have accepted the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

Each participant…

  • Veterans Housing
Aug 01
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate

"The American Climate Values Survey" assesses climate and other values to provide information and insights for people who want to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to build public support for climate solutions. 

Download survey. 

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Aug 01
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Communications

Leadership for climate solutions is growing dramatically. Major faith communities, heralded by Pope Francis; leading health organizations, such as the American Public Health Association; Fortune 500 companies, including Procter & Gamble, Google, and General Mills; virtually every college and university in America; and cities and states across the nation are taking action and speaking out…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Aug 01
  • Climate
  • Communications
  • Environment & Sustainability

Local governments and the services they provide contribute a small percentage of a community’s climate pollution. Because the majority comes from the private sector (homes, businesses, churches, schools, hospitals, etc.), successful community climate solutions require broad community participation. 

A key step is to ensure that mayors are well equipped to communicate local climate…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute