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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

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…

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urban plan
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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…

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solar
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As our 2016 State of the Cities report shows, mayors across the country are becoming increasingly aware of the link between a strong local economy and investment in programs that help residents build workforce skills.

Economic development…

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Neward
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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,…

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Andey Berke
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Your city could win national recognition, free passes to NLC's 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh, a speaking role at the conference, a guest blog post, and more.

NLC is excited to be part of a team administrating the SolSmart program, which…

SolSmart program
SolSmart program
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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

What goals were the initiatives designed to address?

Even before the Great Recession, this community was experiencing a weakening economy due to a loss of middle income residents and the departure of major national retail shopping…

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As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we'll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. With our recent focus on infrastructure, this week's talk centers…

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As rents are skyrocketing in cities around the country, smart city policy has an important role to play in keeping commercial space affordable and appropriate for local entrepreneurs.

In Boston’s innovation district, the support…

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boston
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On May 24, the National League of Cities will join the International Economic Development Council in hosting an hour-long webinar on the ways these partnerships can advance local economic goals.

This is a guest post by Jeff Finkle, …