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  • CitiesSpeak

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a…

photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
  • CitiesSpeak

The city of Santa Fe is proof that small cities can take the lead and set an example for larger cities when it comes to resource management.

This is a guest post by Eric West.

For Small Cities Month, NLC…

photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
photo - How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management
  • Research Report

City leaders know their cities thrive when their residents are healthy and financially secure. Health insurance coverage, whether through the private market or government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance…

photo - Youth Employment and Financial Capability: A Municipal Action Guide
photo - Youth Employment and Financial Capability: A Municipal Action Guide
  • CitiesSpeak

The city's Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents.

This is a guest post by Linda Harris.

What is…

photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
  • CitiesSpeak

Your state and local laws could be rendered irrelevant when it comes to possessing and carrying a gun.

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the…

photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
  • CitiesSpeak

After President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, hundreds of city leaders spoke out to denounce the decision. From New York to Pittsburgh to Dubuque, Iowa,…

photo - Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal
photo - Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal
  • CitiesSpeak

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments.…

photo - The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.
photo - The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.
  • 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
  • Press Release

Annual “State of the Cities” Report Finds Mayors Expanding Leadership Roles to Fight Attacks on Local Control, Address Top Issues for Cities

WASHINGTON — May 24, 2017 — A comprehensive analysis of mayoral state…

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  • Research Report

The State of the City speech is a reflection of the mayor’s priorities as well as the city’s accomplishments, challenges and roadmap for the future.

Watch State of the Cities: The Role of Local Leadership in 2017

State of the Cities 2017
State of the Cities 2017