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

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…

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