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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Mar 12
  • Finance

Presentation and handout from a March 2017 session designed to help local elected officials and city staff understand the role of elected officials in public finance. Addresses critical public finance topics along with best practices and resources that will allow elected leaders and city staff to better engage in managing a financially sustainable government. Specific focus is placed on…

  • NLC University
Mar 12
  • University

Ethical Public leadership is more than simply following the law. This seminar enhances municipal leaders’ abilities to assess ethically difficult situations and to make ethically defensible choices. Beginning with some fundamental elements of ethical decision making, the seminar draws the audience into active participation to establish the elements of a personal ethical framework and then…

Mar 12
  • University

Using messaging appropriate to your audience and context can be critically important to moving initiatives and conversations forward. Communications experts from EcoAmerica will share messaging tips related to urban sustainability and climate issues informed by years of public opinion research data and work crafting and delivering strategic messages related to these issues.

Speakers…

Mar 12
  • University

Small businesses are the backbone of your city’s local economy. As an elected leader, you have the power to help local entrepreneurs start, scale, and retain their businesses in your community. This NLCU session will explore strategies for building a supportive environment for small businesses and startups, with a specific emphasis on city policy levers that you can influence. Join this…

Mar 11
  • University

Developed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Plan is a realistic and engaging simulation in which participants learn about and wrestle with the fundamental forces that affect urban development. Participants, playing the role of an inter-disciplinary a real estate development team, will experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental…

Mar 11
  • University

The retirement benefits offered to public sector employees can seem complicated and bewildering. This free NLC University session will delve into the key facts and issues municipal leaders should consider when evaluating pensions and retiree healthcare to balance human resource needs with fiscal responsibility. The course will also examine the common regulatory, collective bargaining, and…

Mar 11
  • University

In order to successfully deliver services to citizens, elected officials and the city manager must work as a team where everyone understands their role, gets to contribute their voice, and problem solve. In this seminar, learn tangible skills for effective teamwork between the city manager and council. Learn skills and best practices to facilitate positive and productive meetings, create a…

Mar 11
  • University

City leaders must step up to take the lead with their police departments, business and community leaders to address racial inequities in their respective cities and towns. City leaders have a unique capacity to engage with their communities on racial equity issues and make smart policy decisions that can reduce racial inequities in institutions and systems and restore police–community trust.…

Mar 11
  • University

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) will share experiences gained through delivery of disaster planning, response, and recovery services across the country. Participants will learn how to adapt these experiences, best practices, and recommendations to suit the needs of their own communities. Participants will be introduced to disaster-related case studies and tools…

Mar 11
  • University

Mayors and city leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns they serve. Across the county, city leaders are taking action to address the underlying factors that influence health and improve the environments where their residents live, learn, work and play. This seminar is designed to  build capacity of city leaders to work across city agencies and…