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There are many ways cities are created, and there exists considerable variation in their power and authority. We’ve created these public resources to help enhance understanding of local government.

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  • Research Report

Food insecurity can have wide-ranging and devastating long-term effects on children, threatening not only their health but also their ability to perform in school. Children who come to school hungry tend to do more poorly in school than their…

  • Research Report

A child’s health is a key predictor for his or her future success and well-being. Unfortunately, far too many children face barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential because of where they live, learn and play.

The…

  • CitiesSpeak

The Intersector Project's Neil Britto offers a number of resources to help local officials cope with declining budgets, a changing public-private partnership arena, and the inadequacy of a single-sector approach to…

photo - Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders
photo - Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders
  • CitiesSpeak

A new online resource with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models is available to city officials looking for positive results from their municipality's juvenile justice system programs.

photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC's Brooks Rainwater examines federalism in the context of innovation and explains why the Small Business Administration is of critical importance to cities.

In the first installment of this series, we looked…

photo - When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key
photo - When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key
  • CitiesSpeak

The Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 docket is now set – and a number of cases will directly impact local governments.

This article covers cases of interest to local governments which the Court accepted after September…

photo - Supreme Court Midterm Review for Local Governments 2017
photo - Supreme Court Midterm Review for Local Governments 2017
  • CitiesSpeak

In a new report, NLC finds that states limit city power through preemption in a number of policy areas, ranging from labor protections to taxing authority.

State legislatures have gotten more aggressive in their…

photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
photo - City Authority Varies Widely From State to State
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — February 22, 2017 — Today, National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues released a new report entitled, “City Rights in an Era of Preemption.” The report examines the prevalence of state preemption…

Preemption Report Cover Graphic
Preemption Report Cover Graphic
  • CitiesSpeak

City leaders have the power to help local entrepreneurs start, scale, and retain their businesses – but each stage of development calls for different tactics.

This is a guest post by Penny Lewandowski, a NLC…

photo - The Difference Between Serving Startups and Scaleups
photo - The Difference Between Serving Startups and Scaleups
  • CitiesSpeak

Both cities and the federal government want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at a local and national level – but the legal and fiscal powers of both levels of government are…

photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education