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  • 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
  • Case Studies & Practices






Goals of the project

Mission – 1) Celebrate 2) Connect Resources 3) Leave Legacies.
Tom Tom’s mission is to celebrate and empower the founders of creative, civic, and entrepreneurial…

  • CitiesSpeak

In this Big Ideas for Cities feature, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tells the story of how his city became a hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation.

When Andy Berke became mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee,…

Andey Berke
Andey Berke
  • CitiesSpeak

This year’s National League of Cities analysis of State of the City speeches reaffirms that mayors are optimistic about the growth of their local economies, and also that cities are developing economic development agendas to ensure this…

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skyline
  • CitiesSpeak

With National Small Business Week events taking place across the country, we're sharing a few stories about how cities are supporting small businesses and startups in their communities. If you have a small business story to share, tells…

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small business