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Economic Development

Economic development is the engine that helps cities grow successfully. Whether it’s promoting an environment where small businesses can thrive, supporting more and better employment opportunities, or offering improved amenities to current and prospective residents and businesses, we have a wealth of resources and strategies you can rely upon.

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  • CitiesSpeak

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This post is part of a series on NLC’s…

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • CitiesSpeak

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. It also demands funding — for investing in infrastructure, programs, education, and incentives.

Most communities use a mixture of…

Brewers
Brewers
  • CitiesSpeak

Jim Terrell works in community planning and economic development policy for the city of Minneapolis. This week, he talks about the city's new Access to Capital program and why an equitable approach to economic…

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

From the agrarian societies of the 19th century to the modern digital workforce, the nature of our work and economy has always changed over time.

These forces of change converge in cities, which act as epicenters…

photo - What Is the Future of Work in Cities?
photo - What Is the Future of Work in Cities?
  • CitiesSpeak

John Smith and Jason Ewas work in economic development policy for the city of Boston. This week, they share how equity plays a central role in Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's economic development agenda.

This post is…

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

Our annual analysis of mayoral State of the City addresses shows that cities are increasingly focusing on workforce and small business development through an equity lens. Here’s how several mayors from around the country…

photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
  • 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

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and…

photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
  • 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

WASHINGTON – June 6, 2017 – Today, National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced the selection of six additional cities for participation in the organizations’ jointly-supported Equitable Economic…

Keepin' It Local Mural
Keepin' It Local Mural