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  • 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
  • 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