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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Oct 30
Madison State Capitol
Madison State Capitol
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
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Although the City of Madison, Wisconsin created an Office of Civil Rights and prioritized equity work in its public health department prior to 2013, a confluence of factors led the city to establish a formal Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI) that year with the mission of addressing racism within the City’s institutional structure. Learn how Wisconsin's capital is working…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Oct 29
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
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Early efforts to integrate financial capability strategies into youth employment programs have demonstrated some promising approaches for city leaders and practitioners to consider when designing or expanding programs. Learn how one of America's most historical cities has worked to promote racial equity and enhance outcomes for all of its residents.

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  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Oct 25
REAL MAG Header
REAL MAG Header
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
  • Leadership & Management
  • Communications

Tackling issues related racial inequity in your city can seem like a daunting task, but here are 6 steps to get you started on the road to improving outcomes for all of your residents. 

Key Definitions

Racial Equity — “Closing the gaps” so that race does not predict one’s success, while also improving outcomes for all.…
  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Oct 18
Cities and Innovation
Cities and Innovation
  • Sharing Economy
  • Technology
  • Smart Cities
  • Innovation

Cities across the country are embracing sharing economy companies and new technologies like drones and smart city applications. NLC's latest national survey, “Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders,” shows that 78 percent of cities are broadly supportive of sharing economy growth, 42 percent of cities are using or considering using drones in municipal operations and 66…

  • Urban Innovation
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
  • Emergency
  • Leadership & Management

The catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Maria impacted millions of Americans across Puerto Rico. Now, as flood waters begin to recede, the process of recovery begins.

As leaders of their community, municipal officials are faced with the daunting tasks of preparing for and/or rebuilding from these natural disasters. In an effort to support the cities and Americans affected, the…

  • 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…