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City buildings

The National League of Cities conducts research and gathers successful practices to help cities continue to innovate, strengthen their economies, and create vibrant neighborhoods where people love to live. The topic pages on NLC.org bring together a variety of content in each topic area, from research reports to articles to events. 

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US Capitol
US Capitol
Advocacy

NLC is first and foremost an advocate for the work of local government. Our work covers issues…

Philadelphia Old City Hall
Philadelphia Old City Hall
City Government

There are many ways cities are created, and there exists considerable variation in their power…

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People walking on bridge
Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and…

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cell phone
Communications

Strong communication with constituents and stakeholders is essential to an informed and trusting…

Row houses in Philadelphia
Row houses in Philadelphia
Community & Housing

Cities today face varying challenges with housing and creating welcoming neighborhoods for their…

Boston
Boston
Economic Development

Economic development is the engine that helps cities grow successfully. Whether it’s promoting…

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Students taking an exam
Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly essential to a community’s economic vitality.…

Overview of city at night
Overview of city at night
Energy

Energy is the quiet force that keeps our cities running smoothly. NLC’s work highlights the…

City buildings with trees
City buildings with trees
Environment & Sustainability

An ever more critical area of focus for cities, environmental and sustainability-minded…

City building
City building
Finance

Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns and to the health of the…

Running
Running
Health & Wellness

City leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns…

Construction
Construction
Infrastructure

One of the most important responsibilities of local government is maintaining and improving…

Pittsburgh City Summit conference
Pittsburgh City Summit conference
Leadership & Management

As local leaders progress through the stages of their roles in local government, we offer the…

Courthouse
Courthouse
Legal & Legislative

Recognizing that the federal court system is responsible for much of the law affecting cities…

Construction workers
Construction workers
Public Safety

Public safety is one of the core roles of local government. Our work covers a range of issues:…

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laptop keyboard
Technology

In support of basic service delivery as well as to keep residents connected to city government,…

Tampa, Florida street
Tampa, Florida street
Transportation

Mobility is central to individual prosperity, as well as to commerce and to the growth of…

Grandparent and grandkids in park
Grandparent and grandkids in park
Youth & Family

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that…