Federal Shutdown Pushes Cities Closer to Fiscal Cliff

Our nation’s cities are being directly and severely impacted by ongoing partial federal government shutdown. While much of the focus has been on the partisan bickering in our nation’s capital, American cities, towns and villages are facing increasingly challenging financial and economic situations. What’s at stake: reduced federal funding to cities, diminished worker capacity due

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Rochester Commits to Racial Equity

On January 22, 2019, Mayor Lovely Warren gathered with the National League of Cities Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Director Leon Andrews, former mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Betsy Hodges, and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce to commit the City of Rochester’s time and resources to a new racial equity initiative. Mayor Warren issued a

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Suburban Astronomy 101

This is a guest post by Jeff Marcell, senior partner with TIP Strategies, Inc. Some 725,000 people live in the City of Seattle. As impressive as that number sounds, it is dwarfed by the fact that Seattle’s metropolitan area, as defined by the US Census Bureau, includes a whopping 3.9 million residents. You can do

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How Baltimore is Advancing Racial Equity: Policy, Practice & Procedure

During 2018, our nation saw issues of race and justice take center stage in ways and with a frequency not seen in some time. We saw race baiting used in policy, practice, and procedural debates across the country, from immigration and border security to policing. As we celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin

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This MLK Day, Cities Transform Hurt Into Healing

As we take the weekend to commemorate the life’s work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., cities around the country are deep into building new ways to think about racial healing and racial equity, and how to bring this conversation to a broader set of communities and institutions. Many in our nation have a

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New Guidance on Dockless Scooters and Bikes

This is a guest post from Negheen Sanjar, Director of Legal Research at the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association (IMLA). Across the country, local governments are increasingly engaging with micromobility devices, like dockless scooters and bikes. These dockless micromobility devices are similar to their docked counterparts with one exception – they can be parked anywhere. Users

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NLC’s Early Learning Nation Expands

The network of cities across the country that are taking decisive action to prioritize programs and policies that improve outcomes for young children is expanding. The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) selected eight cities as part of a new cohort of NLC’s technical assistance initiative, City Leadership

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How Small Cities Can Address Addiction

Too often people suffering with addiction end up entangled in the criminal justice system, as substance misuse and addiction continue to increase across the nation as cities grapple with how to tackle the epidemic. Small cities can face the daunting challenge of addressing similar rates of addiction with less resources than larger cities. In November at

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What’s Next for the Census Citizenship Question?

A federal district court has held that a question about citizenship may not be included in the 2020 census. The Trump administration is likely to appeal this ruling to the Second Circuit, and it is likely the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the dispute. Additional challenges to including this question have been brought but not

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What the Shutdown Means for the Census

Unlike many other federal agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau has an unusual budget that waxes and wanes in 10-year intervals as it prepares for America’s largest domestic mobilization effort — the decennial census. While the Bureau typically survives government shutdowns with minimal long-term impacts, this particular shutdown comes right as the Bureau begins its final

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