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

NLC is advocating for what may be cities’ most important federal priority in 2017: promoting a positive narrative around cities to the incoming administration and new lawmakers in Congress.

In the nation’s capital, the remarkable success…

White House
White House
  • CitiesSpeak

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that one of the goals of his new administration is to get rid of federal regulations. Three on the chopping block of particular interest to state and local government include:

the Clean…
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Your State of the City address has great potential to both inform your community and rally them to action – and success, of course, depends on the quality of your speech and its delivery. To aid in that effort, National League of Cities (NLC) has…

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto delivers his annual State of the City address on January 26, 2016. (photo: Pittsburgh City Paper)
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto delivers his annual State of the City address on January 26, 2016. (photo: Pittsburgh City Paper)
  • CitiesSpeak

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host a webinar on how cities can comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements & improve outcomes for young adults with…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Fully connected smart cities are coming. NLC’s latest report helps cities prepare for their arrival by providing local leaders with best practices in this arena.

Technology is changing us – and our cities – in an unprecedented way. This…

Getty Images
Getty Images
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was co-authored by Peter Eckart, Alison Rein and Nick Wallace.

Data can be a powerful tool for understanding issues, making smarter decisions, and improving results – and city leaders can help build a culture of health by…

photo - The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data
photo - The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data
  • Fact Sheet

Most state and local employee retirement systems have substantial assets to weather the economic crisis.  As of September 2015, there is currently $3.56 trillion already set aside in pension trusts for current and future retirees.

Public…

  • Press Release

"Trends in Smart City Development" offers recommendations for every smart city plan

WASHINGTON — January 5, 2016 —  The National League of Cities (NLC) today released "Trends in Smart City Development," a new report featuring case studies…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

Washington is a-changin’.

No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, 2017 will usher in major changes in Washington with a new President, new Administration, and new Congress. Hear from and meet members of the new…

Congressional City Conference
Congressional City Conference
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — December 20, 2016 — With great sadness, the members and staff of the National League of Cities (NLC) mourn William H. Hudnut III, who passed away Saturday. Following a stint in Congress, Hudnut served as mayor of Indianapolis from…

Arlington skyline
Arlington skyline