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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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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…

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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…

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  • Case Studies & Practices
Background

Realizing that a highly educated city creates the most economic opportunity, the Mayor's Office of Louisville Metro has organized strong partnerships between stakeholders in business, government, and education to increase the number…

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Background

In the fall of 2011, community leaders including the City Manager, General Manager of the City's Water and Electric Board, Executive Director of the area's St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the President of the county's Home Builders…

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Leaders from the City and County of San Francisco have several formal partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco State University. The city also joined with the City College of San Francisco, SFUSD, and…

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What are the programs Goals?

Greater University Circle is a four-square-mile area in Cleveland that is home to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals.  Together these neighborhood anchor institutions…

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What are the target goals?

Housing programs in the City of Boston focus on efforts to educate new mortgage borrowers, support existing homeowners, mitigate foreclosures, and stabilize neighborhoods. The interlinked formula of education,…

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Washington, D.C. - Following today's vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preempt laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that limit municipal broadband, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO & Executive Director Clarence E.…

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Josh Lerner will serve as a presenter and facilitator for the interactive NLC University Seminar, "Participatory Budgeting – How to Build Deep Community Engagement in Real Budget Decisions (201)" at the Congress of Cities and Exposition…

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  • CitiesSpeak

The Boston Youth Zone deserves a huge spotlight for their historic involvement in the nation’s first ever youth-led participatory budgeting project. Last November, Boston’s former Mayor Thomas Menino challenged Boston’s Youth to decide how to…

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