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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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  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Matt Leighninger, Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium. This is the second post in a blog series highlighting communities that were profiled in the new Knight Foundation and NLC joint report, Bright…

  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first post in a blog series highlighting communities that were profiled in the forthcoming Knight Foundation and NLC joint report, Bright Spots in Community Engagement. The report showcases 14 U.S. communities that are building…

  • Press Release

WASHINGTON - Seven cities were honored today for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in communities. The City Cultural Diversity Awards recognize municipal programs that encourage citizen involvement and show an…

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New grants are now available for cities interested in funding ‘open government' projects. The Knight Foundation has just launched its News Challenge, which supports media innovation by funding innovative ideas in news…

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Julia Novak, President, and Catherine Tuck Parrish, will lead the Leadership Training Institute seminar entitled, "Hiring and Evaluating the CEO: What Councils and Managers Need to Know" on Saturday, March 10, 2013 at the Congressional City…

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Matt Leighninger will serve as presenter and facilitator for the interactive Leadership Training Seminar, "Latest Tools for Strengthening Local Democracy: From Model Ordinances to Online Games" at the Congress of Cities…

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NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition will take place November 28 - December 1, 2012, in Boston, Mass.  During the conference, the Annual Business Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., in Room 210, at the…

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Last week, municipal leaders from cities across the country gathered in Nashville for both the NLC Summer Policy Forum and a meeting of NLC’s Council on Youth, Education and Families (YEF Council).

In hosting and welcoming the nearly 200…

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Earlier this month, Citi and IBM, both NLC Corporate Partners, as well as Streetline announced a $25 million Citi credit facility to fund innovation in parking and help transform cities for the future. Citi is joining the collaboration between…

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by Julie Bosland

On January 16, the nation celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service, a "day on, not a day off." But in cities across America, the focus on service does not end there. Municipal…

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