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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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  • Case Studies & Practices
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City leaders sought to raise the prominence and economic prowess of Gaithersburg through creation of a world class book festival. Five years after its creation in 2010, the event has solidified the city's position…

  • Case Studies & Practices
Summary 

Tech Goes Home (TGH), founded in 2000 by Open Air Boston (OAB), is a national award-winning initiative helping to provide under-served residents the opportunity, tools, education, and access required for 21st century skills development…

  • Research Report

The maker movement is the platform for today’s artisans to create, craft, develop and prototype new and interesting ideas and products. This new, hyperlocal manufacturing environment holds potential not only for individual hobbyists but also for…

  • Research Report

 

By clustering talent, startups, established firms, nonprofits, research institutions and cultural assets, innovation districts encourage people to come together in places that can incubate creativity and serve as labs for…

  • Research Report

As the economy rebounds and fiscal health stabilizes, mayors across the country are using their State of the City speeches to tout the progress their communities have made through hard work, innovation and collaboration. The State of the City…

  • 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-…

retail store
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
Summary

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