Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.

Working with NLC through the CHAMPS initiative, a cohort of small cities in Alabama is showing the rest of the country how they are successfully increasing access to out-of-school time meals for children. Cities across the country, large and small, face the same challenge with many of their low-income children losing access to nutritious meals

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Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering

If the deciding justice finds that there is no clear way to determine constitutionality — and thus no clear way to establish laws against the practice — then the issue will continue to affect politics for the foreseeable future. In Gill v. Whitford the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether and when it is

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All Transportation Is Local

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising. This is a guest post by Hayley Richardson. Despite the importance of transportation to their constituents, many local elected officials feel there’s

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How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails

The next phase in this NLC initiative can help your city better allocate scarce resources as well as improve public safety and overall outcomes for young adults. Close to home in cities, jails open up the “front door of mass incarceration” by placing five times as many people behind bars each year compared with prisons.

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Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity

Our annual analysis of mayoral State of the City addresses shows that cities are increasingly focusing on workforce and small business development through an equity lens. Here’s how several mayors from around the country are making equity a priority. This post was co-authored by Emily Robbins and Dana D’Orazio. The recent release of NLC’s 2017

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How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a critical means of connecting with the public as well. This is a guest post by Sarah Williamson-Baker and Sarah Gaskill. Every

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How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management

This is a guest post by Eric West. For Small Cities Month, NLC asked its member cities what they were most proud of. The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is proud of its heritage as the oldest capital city in North America; it was established by Europeans thirteen years prior to the settlement of

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120 Mayors on the Issues Facing Urban America

This post originally appeared in Fast Company. Read the full article here. Mayors are leading the country forward with a positive agenda for America. While most of our eyes are glued to investigations and scurrilous revelations at the federal level, mayors are still hard at work solving the biggest issues facing their communities. In cities,

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6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie. This week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to fix our nation’s ailing roads, bridges, schools and water systems in their version of “Infrastructure Week.” Building off the $200 billion in federal investment included in President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget, ideas such

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8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact of the arts in their community. This is a guest post by Jay Dick. The arts and culture

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