“Imagine Austin” Uses Data to Bring City’s Vision To Life

This is a guest post by Natale LaBarbera, an open data advocate and account manager at Socrata.  What is the City of Austin’s self-proclaimed greatest asset? Its people. In fact, thousands of community members teamed together to create Imagine Austin, a comprehensive plan for how the City hopes to grow and advance in 30-years. Now

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What Amazon’s HQ2 Shortlist Tells Us About Modern Cities

The race to land Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, has become one of the largest economic development opportunities in a generation — a truly transformative opportunity for the chosen city that ultimately wins the competition. And a competition it has become, with creative and inventive ideas pitched from mayors and economic development officials throughout the

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Unleashing Latino-Owned Business Potential in Cities

This is a guest post by Sarah Alvarez, senior program associate at the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program. In the United States, Latino-Americans start businesses at three times the rate of the general population. That means they play an important role in driving US economic vibrancy — through their outsized contribution to new business creation.

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Supreme Court to Rule on Internet Sales Tax Collection

In a move that could bring sweeping changes to the online commerce sector, the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states may require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (1992), the Supreme Court held that states cannot require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax. South Dakota

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In Toronto, Arts and Culture Take Center Stage

This is a guest post by Ellyn Parker, project manager for the 2018 Rose Fellowship team. This is the second blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. Last month, NLC’s Rose Center Land Use fellowship team braved the cold temperatures of

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Why The North Carolina Gerrymandering Case Matters

When a three-judge panel struck down North Carolina’s 2016 Congressional redistricting plan, the case received a bit more media attention than the average Supreme Court redistricting case. That’s because it represented the third three-judge panel to strike down a partisan gerrymander — even though the Supreme Court has yet to articulate if and exactly when partisan-driven

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What Smart Communities Can Learn From the Flu

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. As you, my reader, might know from previous blog entries, I’m a geographer and, as such, I tend to think of most difficulties as geography problems. Well, I’m here to tell you that the flu is no exception. It too is

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Judge Orders Trump Administration to Temporarily Maintain DACA

A federal district court has issued a temporary nationwide injunction requiring the Trump administration to maintain much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Four states (California, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota) and two local governments (San Jose and Santa Clara County) are among the plaintiffs who sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Fixing America’s Infrastructure

This week, NLC President Mark Stodola, mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas, and NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony sent an open letter to city leaders on the state of America’s infrastructure. That letter is reproduced here: Dear City Leaders, Happy New Year! At the National League of Cities, every new year offers new opportunities

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Building a ‘Culture of Health’ Starts With Equity and Race

Join NLC Wednesday, Jan. 17 for a Culture of Health Web Forum on Race, Equity and Health. In the United States, life expectancy can vary by more than 15 years for communities separated by a few miles, subway stops or zip codes. This gap stems from structural inequities that include biases based on race, gender,

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