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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.

Economic Development subtopics:

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  • CitiesSpeak

The online sales tax loophole isn’t just an unfair disadvantage for local businesses – it also prevents cities from collecting the taxes already owed to them on remote online purchases.

As we enter the season of gift-…

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retail store
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Mayor Bill Peduto and Mayor Virg Bernero.

Advanced manufacturing is the engine powering our nation’s economy and driving today’s innovation, which is why it is time for a national blueprint for manufacturing. We…

Manufacturing
Manufacturing
  • Grant Programs

The Sustainable Cities Institute at NLC is part of a team providing no-cost consulting services to cities through SolSmart, a national designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers additional…

  • Case Studies & Practices
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Parents play the most critical role in shaping the lives of their children. The quality of their care, guidance and nurturing is essential to promoting positive health and developmental outcomes for young children. Yet many parents lack…

  • CitiesSpeak

Mayors Bill Peduto and Virg Bernero explain why now is the time to invest in America’s infrastructure and make a national commitment to advanced manufacturing.

This is a guest post by Mayor Bill Peduto and Mayor Virg…

manufacturing
manufacturing
  • CitiesSpeak

For the third consecutive year, economic development remained the top issue for the nation's mayors, according to a comprehensive analysis of mayoral state of the city speeches released today by the National League of Cities(NLC). In the 2016…

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Priorities Image
  • CitiesSpeak

SolSmart Advisors are fully-funded, temporary staff who work in cities to provide intensive technical assistance to communities looking to adopt solar-friendly programs and practices.

Cities across the nation should…

Solar panels
Solar panels
  • CitiesSpeak

The data explorer tool helps communities, cities and municipalities easily visualize how many rooftops are suitable to install solar, how much power they could collectively generate, and how much carbon could be displaced by…

Google
Google
  • CitiesSpeak

The Urban Land Institute has recently developed a day-long training geared specifically towards elected officials to help them better understand the nuts and bolts of municipal real estate projects and how they’re financed.

How can city…

urban plan
urban plan
  • CitiesSpeak

Two U.S. cities have been recognized for removing barriers to solar energy and making it easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to install solar. Here’s how they achieved that recognition.

The National…

solar
solar