How Cities Can Use Retirement Benefits To Recruit Talent

This is a co-authored post by Anita Yadavalli, program director for city fiscal policy in NLC’s Center for City Solutions, and Jean-Pierre Aubry, associate director of state and local research at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. It is the third piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece includes insights gained

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State of the Cities: Leading the Way in Racial Equity Through Speech And Action

NLC’s 2017 State of the Cities analysis reveals how much mayors are using their public platforms to call attention to the issues of inequities based on race and ethnicity facing their cities. The Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative at NLC supports local elected officials to build a foundation on this first step to create

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In Clifton Forge, Virginia, an Arts and Preservation Success Story

While America’s major metropolitan cities have taken center stage in cultural debates, the nation’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. Even as big urban centers are introducing high-tech ideas for governing, there is much creativity and dynamic problem-solving going on in communities with populations fewer than 50,000 residents.

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New Technical Assistance Program Helps Cities Improve Kids’ Access to Nature

Across the ages and in every culture, childhood has included time playing in and exploring the outdoors. Yet over the last few generations, childhood has moved indoors, leaving kids disconnected from the natural world. To combat this challenge, the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and Children & Nature Network (C&NN) launched the Cities Connecting

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The NLC Road Trip In Partnership With LinkedIn: Houston Gives Young People Opportunity to ‘Earn and Learn’

As a strong and vibrant community, the city of Houston, Texas, has a lot to celebrate. In just one year, Mayor Sylvester Tuner and the City of Houston in partnership with the Houston Independent School District and the Greater Houston Partnership have scaled their summer jobs program from 450 employment opportunities to over 5,000. The

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House Passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Threatens Cities

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a flawed and dangerous bill that will put our cities, law enforcement officials and residents at risk — and make our communities less safe. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) will force states and municipalities across the country to disregard their laws and allow anyone to

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Tax Reform Continues to Race Forward

A lot has happened in the past month on tax reform. On November 16, the House passed its version of a tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1), just under a week after the Senate released its own version of the bill. After a tenuous 20 hours of debate and deal-making, the Senate

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Exploring Nashville’s Small Manufacturing Revolution

Since its founding, the city of Nashville has constantly reinvented itself — first as a hub for trade, then as a shipping power, and finally as a center for the music, healthcare, and food industries. Now, Nashville is banking on yet another economic reinvention: unlocking the power of maker spaces, local artisans, and small manufacturers.

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The Case for Opioid Prevention and Education Efforts to Save America’s Youth

This is a guest post by Sean Ferns, chief of Community Outreach at the Drug Enforcement Administration. No community has been immune from America’s opioid epidemic. Many people know someone that has battled addiction to prescription opioids or heroin. With 11 million Americans ages 12 and older reporting misuse of prescription opioids in the past year,

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Cities Partner with NREL to Forge Pathways from Energy Data to Decision Making

This is a guest post by Megan Day, AICP, Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Lab. It was originally published on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Blog for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) and State and Local Energy Data (SLED) projects. Cities are increasingly interested

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