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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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Efforts to shop small and shop locally are especially critical because they bolster the local economy – and since local sales taxes are often not collected for online purchases, encouraging residents to support local…

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Food Truck
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Background

North Dakota's endless cornfields have provided the perfect means of escape for fleeing suspects in police chases. Police in North Dakota sought help using unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV's commonly known as pilotless drones. The…

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Two days each week, Andrea R. is usually scheduled to work what her fellow employees call the “clopen” shift. She closes the doors of the large retail store where she works, gets home around midnight, prepares school lunches for her children,…

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Worker
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What are the target goals?

In the face of concerns about a homeless encampment, multiple agencies within the City of Indianapolis worked with community partners and service providers to offer people transitional and permanent housing solutions.…

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NLC’s Alyia Gaskins – a Pittsburgh native – shares her favorite things to see and do while visiting the city.

Today, nearly 3000 city leaders will begin to arrive in Pittsburgh for the National League of Cities’ 2016…

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
  • Case Studies & Practices

City officials play significant roles in promoting transparency and fostering trust between the community and law enforcement agencies. This guide is designed for local elected leaders offering guidance on how law enforcement officials can…

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Clashes between the mayor and city council sometimes have a devastating impact on a city’s well-being. A few simple principles can keep the lines of authority clear.

This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane.

Town Hall
Town Hall
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Youth delegates at the 2016 Congressional City Conference celebrate the National League of Cities "Cities Lead 2016" campaign platform.

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, we asked the president of NLC's Women in Municipal…

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Crowd
  • CitiesSpeak

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we’ll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. To compliment the release of our new report, Cities and Drones,…

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In response to the tragic events that occurred recently in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, NLC hosted a webinar to help cities deal with the challenges of race and equity in their communities – and commit to solutions. The webinar…