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  • CitiesSpeak

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact…

photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
  • CitiesSpeak

We discuss equitable economic development in Memphis with the city's director of housing and community development, Paul Young.

This post is part of a series on NLC's Equitable Economic Development (EED)…

photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
  • CitiesSpeak

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments.…

photo - The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.
photo - The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.
  • CitiesSpeak

City leaders and the private sector must collaborate for our cities to succeed. NLC’s Capstone Leaders Forum brought together public- and private-sector thought leaders to discuss issues ranging from addressing the…

photo - From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum
photo - From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum
  • CitiesSpeak

The Intersector Project's Neil Britto offers a number of resources to help local officials cope with declining budgets, a changing public-private partnership arena, and the inadequacy of a single-sector approach to…

photo - Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders
photo - Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders
  • 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

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

NLC's newest municipal action guide provides an overview of food incubator programs as well as guidance on how local governments can support these emerging strategies to promote local entrepreneurship and strengthen…

photo - Kitchen and Farm Incubators Support Access to Local Food Systems
photo - Kitchen and Farm Incubators Support Access to Local Food Systems
  • Research Report

The national context is ripe for food-based entrepreneurship, with the $1.8 trillion food industry comprising about 13 percent of the total economy.

This municipal action guide from the National League of Cities…

photo - Food-Based Business Incubator Programs
photo - Food-Based Business Incubator Programs
  • CitiesSpeak

When a company chooses a location for a major relocation or expansion, the details behind the decision aren’t often divulged in the media. This new podcast gives listeners an inside look at the site selection process,…

photo - downtown Reno, Nevada
photo - downtown Reno, Nevada