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 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 07
Healthcare
Healthcare
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Health Care

As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NLC urges Congress to continue to support provisions important to cities. 

  • Federal Advocacy
Feb 08
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure

The vibrant network of infrastructure in America’s cities is the economic competitive advantage that allows our 122.5 million households and 7.5 million businesses to lead the world in an increasingly globalized economy. Yet, we know that our infrastructure is failing us. Too many bridges are in a state of disrepair, our internet lags behind the rest of the world, families drink from bottled…

  • Federal Advocacy
Feb 08
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure

The vibrant network of infrastructure in America’s cities is the economic competitive advantage that allows our 122.5 million households and 7.5 million businesses to lead the world in an increasingly globalized economy. Yet, we know that our infrastructure is failing us. Too many bridges are in a state of disrepair, our internet lags behind the rest of the world, families drink from bottled…

  • Federal Advocacy
Dec 22
  • Taxation
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

NLC calls on Congress and the President to close the online sales tax loophole by enacting e-fairness legislation. Learn more about how closing the online sales tax loophole will strengthen local businesses and join NLC in our efforts to advocate for e-fairness legislation.

  • Federal Advocacy
Dec 22
City buildings
City buildings
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Advocacy

NLC calls on Congress and the President to preserve the federal income tax exemption on municipal bonds. Learn more about how municipal bonds help cities modernize our nation’s infrastructure below and join NLC in our efforts to protect the tax exemption for municipal bonds.

  • Federal Advocacy
Dec 19
school hallway
school hallway
  • Early Childhood
Educational Alignment Framework for Young Children

Local leaders can bring together key stakeholders to improve early education and strengthen local schools, provide better alignment between community based early education, and school-based learning, and improve transitions as children move from one level to the next.

Ten key elements of this work include:

Formal partnerships or…
  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 19
  • Early Childhood
Introduction

A child’s early years are a time of incredible growth and development, and what happens during these years can have a major impact on his or her opportunities for success later in life. Children who participate in high-quality early learning and development opportunities are more likely to graduate from high school and develop stronger social and emotional skills. A growing body…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 19
  • Early Childhood

Over the course of two years, each of the six cities participating in the initiative created a stakeholder group or enlisted an existing work group to promote early educational alignment in their cities. Through this process, the YEF Institute and city teams learned valuable lessons about the potential roles that city leaders can play. These lessons are captured in the following descriptions…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 19
  • Early Childhood
Municipal Leadership to Promote Educational Alignment for Young Children

In 2013, NLC launched Municipal Leadership to Promote Educational Alignment for Young Children, a YEF Institute technical assistance project, to help six cities begin the process of creating an aligned early care and education system for young children.

These elements offer promising entry points for city leaders…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families