What’s a First Tier Suburb, Anyway?

This is a guest post by Councilmember John Holman of Auburn, Washington. There is a good likelihood that you are an elected official from a first tier suburb. An older, less-used term is ring suburb. Simply put, if your city is influenced by a large, urban, metropolitan area, chances are you are one of us.

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Ten Tips for Going Zero Waste

This is an excerpt from NLC’s new recycling guide, Recycling Reimagined. The health of our citizens and the safety of our environment depend on sustainable waste management systems. Cities should feel empowered to improve diversion rates and reduce waste. Examining your waste and recycling system can jumpstart local circular economies. A linear economy’s model is

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Veterans and the Skilled Trades: The Future of Work

This is guest post by Bill Eller, vice president, business development at HomeServe. Skilled trades are the future of work. A combination of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age and lack of interest by young adults in the skilled trade field has caused an unprecedented labor shortage. It’s estimated that, for each person who enters the

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Why Housing is Key to Loving Your City

This post is contributed by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana. As elected officials, we want everyone to see our cities the same way we do. We work hard to make our residents feel the same passion, love and optimism that motivated us to run to serve them. But it’s hard to love your

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Veteran Homelessness: A National Proof Point

This is an excerpt from the National League of Cities’ (NLC) new report, Veterans First: An Approach to Meeting the Housing Needs of Seniors. Arthur Keller In 1965, Arthur Keller followed the example of his father and enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After serving as part of the 62nd Armored Field

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Working Together to Strengthen Our Cities

This is a guest post by Tim Sloan, CEO and president, Wells Fargo & Company Wells Fargo is pleased to partner with cities around the U.S. to improve the communities where we all live and work. We’ve been doing it for generations, and it’s a part of our company culture that makes me most proud! I

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Yes, Cities Can Pilot Universal Basic Income

Cities face a number of labor-related challenges, including job automation, precarious work arrangements, economic insecurity and growing inequality. Universal basic income (UBI) is a potential solution. UBI is an unconditional cash payment that either supplements or replaces existing social welfare systems. Unlike traditional programs, which are conditional and means-tested, UBI provides recipients with the autonomy

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Preparing for the 2020 Census

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released Preparing for the 2020 Census, a new municipal action guide that will help cities navigate the upcoming census. Visit NLC.org/census to find the full guide. Even before the U.S. Constitution outlines the powers of the three branches of the government, it mandates a decennial count of all

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MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Awards Funding to 12 Cities and Counties

Last week the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge announced $22 million in new funding to support 12 new cities and counties working to reduce incarceration and 13 sites already part of the growing national movement. The National League of Cities (NLC) is proud to be part of the movement

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