People walking on bridge
People walking on bridge

Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.

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  • Case Studies & Practices

As part of the Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative, the City of Providence is undertaking an intensive nine-month process to strengthen relationships with low-income communities and communities of color that are most susceptible to…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Portland is highly vulnerable to climate change hazards and has done considerable work to assess its risk of coastal flooding from sea level rise as well as flash flooding from increased rainfall intensity. The current update to the Comprehensive…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Public support for government led environmental programs is very high, but has not been actively engaged. The City of Des Moines is focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented…

  • Research Report

Performance management, the process of consistently reviewing performance data to inform decision-making, is a strategy emerging in cities across the country. Performance management practices and tools enable cities to:  make informed program and…

  • CitiesSpeak

As the confetti is cleared away and residents in Cleveland and Philadelphia resume life as normal, what can cities learn from the intersection of technology and the conventions?

Whether they watched on television, on a computer, or on a…

convention
convention
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Santiago Jaramillo.

There’s one thing that still remains the same in towns across America. People still crave information about what’s going on in their community. But the way they’ve chosen to consume that…

  • Press Release

WASHINGTON—The National League of Cities (NLC) today recognized seven cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities. Presented at the "Celebrate Diversity Breakfast" at the 2016 Congressional…

Press Release
Press Release
  • Press Release

Nashville, Tenn.—Councilmember Priscilla Tyson of Columbus, Ohio was elected the 2016 president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) constituency group during the group's annual membership meeting at the National…

  • Press Release

Mary France Gordon, 1947-2015

 

Mary France Gordon was an employee of the National League of Cities for 23 years, and most recently served as Foundation Director as well as Program Director of NLC's Constituency Groups. She was…

  • Press Release

WASHINGTON - Following the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Ala., the National League of Cities (NLC) today announced the "Race, Equity and Leadership" (REAL) initiative to facilitate an honest discussion around race and…

Press Release
Press Release