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  • CitiesSpeak

What is the state of America's cities and towns? Where are our most successful and our most challenged communities? What should the federal government's role in cities be — and is there a road map to urban success?…

photo - In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America's Cities
photo - In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America's Cities
  • CitiesSpeak

Marketing your community’s unique assets is crucial to building a sustainable local economy.

There’s no single, standard definition of economic development, but according to the National League of Cities (NLC)…

photo - Showcasing Your City Just Got Easier
photo - Showcasing Your City Just Got Easier

This summer, 50 women local elected officials gathered in Cleveland, Ohio. Their goal: raise awareness around issues impacting women—for both private citizens and local elected officials.

Hosted by the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG…

  • CitiesSpeak

Groundbreaking research shows how the design and maintenance of public spaces
can directly impact our civic health.

This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber.

The Assembly Civic Engagement Survey…
photo - Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
photo - Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
  • CitiesSpeak

Should your city apply for a new technical assistance program to reduce the number of people going to jail? Here are ten questions to guide your decision.

The past two decades’ rapid rise in jail populations has…

photo - We Can Help Your City Put Fewer People in Jail
photo - We Can Help Your City Put Fewer People in Jail
  • CitiesSpeak

Participatory budgeting is a process that allows community members to decide how to spend part of a public budget. Guest author Ginny Browne explains how the city of Seattle incorporated the process and provides a…

photo - How Cities Can Start Participatory Budgeting
photo - How Cities Can Start Participatory Budgeting
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC recently joined a community forum on hazard adaptation and mitigation in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, where federal, state and local agencies were working together to take action on climate change. Here’s what we…

photo - How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning
photo - How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning
  • CitiesSpeak

Through new approaches, community outreach and education, and even legal action, municipal governments are continuing to lead the most comprehensive efforts to date in the battle against widespread opioid addiction.…

photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
  • CitiesSpeak

Working with NLC through the CHAMPS initiative, a cohort of small cities in Alabama is showing the rest of the country how they are successfully increasing access to out-of-school time meals for children.

Cities…

photo - Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.
photo - Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.
  • CitiesSpeak

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising.

This is…

photo - All Transportation Is Local
photo - All Transportation Is Local