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Infrastructure

One of the most important responsibilities of local government is maintaining and improving infrastructure – transportation, water/sewer, technology and communications – that benefits all residents. This area is also one of the biggest challenges for cities given the great cost and the limited funding available. Our research helps cities learn about traditional and more creative solutions in all areas of infrastructure.

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  • CitiesSpeak

To improve our nation's infrastructure, cities need the freedom to explore innovative financing tools — but they also need a renewed commitment from their partners at the state and federal levels of government.

photo - Cities Are Leading on Infrastructure. Now Congress Needs to Catch Up.
photo - Cities Are Leading on Infrastructure. Now Congress Needs to Catch Up.
  • Issue Briefing

For years, autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, seemed like a fantasy that was appealing but unlikely to come to fruition. However, autonomous vehicles are here now, and local governments and regional organizations face a number of…

Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous Vehicles
  • Issue Briefing

Talk of “smart cities” seems ubiquitous these days, plus communities are experiencing pressure to prepare for a future that promises autonomous vehicles and fully connected infrastructure. Broadband is critical to the success of these new and…

Broadband
Broadband
  • CitiesSpeak

With partners such as Vice Media and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, the Smart Cities NYC '17 conference will convene thought leaders from around the world to advance ideas about innovation…

photo - Why City Leaders Should Attend the Smart Cities NYC '17 Conference
photo - Why City Leaders Should Attend the Smart Cities NYC '17 Conference
  • CitiesSpeak

Included in the administration’s first budget proposal is a $499 billion cut to one of the federal government’s most successful transportation funding programs: TIGER Grants.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging…

photo - How the President’s Budget Proposal Could Stop the Transit Revolution in Its Tracks
photo - How the President’s Budget Proposal Could Stop the Transit Revolution in Its Tracks
  • Research Report

To help local communities address the increased flooding expected from sea-level rise and more frequent extreme weather events, the Georgetown Climate Center designed a model sea-level rise ordinance to provide local governments with a template…

  • Research Report

Coastal communities are in need of practical tools to aid in adapting to sea-level rise. Inter-jurisdictional cooperation and legal maneuvering may be required to protect existing and planned development, infrastructure, and ecological resources…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Comprehensive community planning represents the most effective tool available for the implementation of a green infrastructure network. Requirements for community comprehensive plans vary from state to state, and certain regions within states,…

  • Research Report

A Complete Streets approach redefines what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation agency is going to meet, and how the community will spend its transportation money. It breaks down the traditional separation of 'highways,' '…

Green City Center
Green City Center
  • Research Report

Complete Streets policies formalize a community's intent to plan, design, operate and maintain streets so they are safe for all users of all ages and abilities. Policies direct decision-makers to consistently fund, plan…