Philadelphia Old City Hall
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City Government

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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  • CitiesSpeak

"When cities are given the directive and the resources, projects just get done faster, more efficiently and with better end results."

Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference we'll feature…

photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
  • Research Report

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.

Preemption is the use of state law to nullify a…

photo - NLC's 2017 Preemption Report
photo - NLC's 2017 Preemption Report
  • CitiesSpeak

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents?

This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and…

photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
  • CitiesSpeak

Giving proper support to the people who care for young children is really a matter of infrastructure in any city – and city leaders should treat it with that level of importance. Here are five key takeaways from the…

photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
  • CitiesSpeak

What does it take to ensure cities are healthier places to live, learn, work and play? A strategy that engages the right stakeholders.

This post was co-authored by Kevin Barnett, Colby Dailey and Sue Pechilio…

photo - How Cities Can Support & Finance a Culture of Health
photo - How Cities Can Support & Finance a Culture of Health
  • CitiesSpeak

Cities across the country are thinking of new ways to use resources and community assets to strengthen their response to numerous challenges presented by the on-going impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

photo - Mayors Continue to Forge a Path Towards Greater Urban Resilience
photo - Mayors Continue to Forge a Path Towards Greater Urban Resilience
  • CitiesSpeak

An attempt to shift the federal responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws to local governments is an unfunded mandate that diverts critical resources from local government programs.

This post was co-…

photo - The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities
photo - The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities
  • CitiesSpeak

When a company chooses a location for a major relocation or expansion, the details behind the decision aren’t often divulged in the media. This new podcast gives listeners an inside look at the site selection process,…

photo - downtown Reno, Nevada
photo - downtown Reno, Nevada
  • CitiesSpeak

Regardless of party affiliation and policy disagreements, the model of local input in the federal process over the recent years should be replicated, not rejected.

This is a guest post by Mayor Craig Thurmond.…

Inauguration photo
Inauguration photo
  • CitiesSpeak

“When you look at maps of neighboring communities and ZIP codes and see significant disparities in life expectancy within a couple of miles – sometimes blocks – you’re compelled to advance policies to address those gaps in a meaningful way.” –…

Mayors and city leaders address health issues
Mayors and city leaders address health issues