Healthy Cities Start With Healthy Babies

Right now, one of the fastest-growing companies in history is selecting the location for its second headquarters — and nearly every city in America wants to be considered. Though we do not know what city Amazon will pick, there are some distinguishing qualities likely to make cities more desirable. Here’s a hint: It’s more than

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America’s Infrastructure Should Be Beautiful

“If anything can save the world,” North Face and Esprit founder Doug Tompkins once said, “I’d put my money on beauty.” This year, as part of a new campaign called And Beauty For All, we’re challenging NLC and its member communities to put that hypothesis to the test. We believe that, as our cities work on

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5 Ways to Expand Equitable Economic Development in Your City

This post is the second in a series about NLC’s task force report “Keeping the American Dream Alive: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.” For cities, remaining competitive in today’s changing economic and demographic environment can seem like a formidable task. Many city leaders are grappling with maintaining a focus on equity and economic inclusion,

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Why Mid-Sized Cities Love CDBG and HOME

With the release of the 2019 fiscal year budget, cities remain concerned about the future of federal grant funding. For the second year in a row, the Trump Administration is proposing the elimination of major block grants in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those cuts include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and

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With Jail Diversion Program, New Orleans Follows Seattle’s LEAD

This is a guest post by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans’s jail population exceeded 6,500 inmates. When we came into office in 2010, we made a commitment to the people of New Orleans to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the jail population. So

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City Leaders Take on Silicon Valley

Autonomous vehicles. On-demand everything. Gig jobs. Big data. Tech innovations are shaping life in cities — impacting how we commute to work and school, altering the way we respond to climate change, and shaping the job opportunities that are available now and in the decades to come. In much of the country, shifts in how

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In the Senate, Immigration Reform Hits a Wall

This week, the Senate took up debate on immigration reform, a long-awaited moment for both this chamber and the country. On the table were several politically charged issues, including both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and President Trump’s proposed border wall. But after a week of unsuccessful bargaining and a series of

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5 Workforce Strategies to Increase Economic Opportunity

This post is the first installment in NLC’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity Blog Series. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to help your residents gain a solid financial footing. The National League of Cities’ (NLC) recent report offers a road map to help you achieve that commitment. Keeping the American Dream

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President Trump’s Playbook for Infrastructure

After a long wait, Congress now has an extensive infrastructure proposal from the President on their desk to review. The passage of this administration’s infrastructure playbook to Congress kicks off the process in Washington to develop a bipartisan deal that could ramp up the federal partnership in infrastructure investment. For city officials, who have been

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Second Court Orders Trump to Temporarily Maintain DACA

This week, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will review a California federal court’s temporary nationwide injunction to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It’s a case that has shaken the national immigration debate and put the Trump administration in a bind regarding enforcement. Now, a federal district court in

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