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 11
  • University

A new course targeting newly elected officials (within one calendar year) that provides some of the most important lessons and strategies for newly elected council members.

Instructor

Malcom Chapman | President - The Chapman Group

2017 Congressional City Conference | Washington, DC | Pre-Conference Seminar Presentations

Mar 11
  • University

This session is designed to introduce public-sector officials and staff to key management tactics for cross-sector collaboration. Through a review of best practices, relevant case studies, and facilitated discussion, this session will equip participants with knowledge to inform the design and implementation of effective partnerships and better understand the value proposition for cross-sector…

Mar 10
photo - Local Action Challenge for Economic Mobility and Opportunity
photo - Local Action Challenge for Economic Mobility and Opportunity
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Opportunity
  • City Government

NLC President Matt Zone launched the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force when he took office in November to pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches, and education and training for city officials.

President Zone has issued a…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 10
  • Education
  • City Government

Recognizing the increasing importance of a skilled workforce to economic development, city leaders are playing pivotal new roles in efforts to increase the proportion of residents in their communities who attain postsecondary education degrees or credentials. A wealth of evidence indicates that further education beyond high school boosts employment opportunities and earning power, and a…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 10
  • Education
  • City Government

Nationwide, around 40 percent of working age adults hold a postsecondary credential. In the 21st century, these credentials have increasingly become the keys that open doors to family-supporting jobs. Recognizing the economic necessity of building a highly skilled and educated workforce, more city, education, and business leaders are joining a growing national movement to achieve a 60 percent…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 10
  • Education
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management

In order for cities – large and small, urban, suburban and rural – to be globally competitive and attractive to businesses and families alike, more of their residents must pursue and successfully obtain postsecondary degrees and credentials.

A postsecondary credential – whether it is a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, apprenticeship, or certificate – is critical for success in…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 10
  • Retirement
  • City Government
  • Finance

Pensions play a critical role in the ability of local governments to attract and retain the workforce needed to meet citizen demands. The costs associated with this employee benefit, however, can be substantial. A recent National League of Cities (NLC) survey revealed that over the past year the cost of pensions increased in more than 70 percent of cities. One in three cities identified these…

  • Center for City Solutions
Mar 08
  • Transportation
Focus Issues: Opportunity, Equity, and Participation, Transportation, Climate Change, and Land Use 

This compendium of best practices, prepared by MZ Strategies, LLC, offers sample tools for funders to help ensure that low-income households and communities of color benefit from efforts in their communities to address climate change, expand mobility, and create more inclusive development…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Air Quality and Emissions
  • Climate

Responsible for more than 70 percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, cities represent the single greatest opportunity for tackling climate change. The first step for cities to realize their potential is to identify and measure where their emissions come from -- you can’t cut what you don’t count.

GHG Protocol is working to give cities the standards and tools they…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 08
  • Climate
  • Resilience
  • Community & Housing
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
  • Infrastructure
  • Water

To help local communities address the increased flooding expected from sea-level rise and more frequent extreme weather events, the Georgetown Climate Center designed a model sea-level rise ordinance to provide local governments with a template for tailoring regulations to meet the needs of their community and its particularized vulnerabilities.

To effectively balance all the competing…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute