Month: March 2012

Congress Should Not Follow Paul Ryan’s Plan and Cut or Eliminate Job Training and Pell Grant Programs

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director It is hard to understand, when one looks at the program outcomes for the Pell Grant program and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), why House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan wants to cut or eliminate their funding.  Both appear to be helping Americans obtain the job skills and education they need

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Local Food – A Conversation for all Regions

“Do you eat food?” This was the question posed by Jim Embry, Director of the Lexington Sustainable Communities Network and local foods “jedi” (according to those in the local ‘food-know’) at the beginning of the Fourth Annual Local Foods Summit held last week in Lexington, KY. “Because if you eat food, you’re part of the

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NLC Supports Senator Harkin’s Rebuild America Act

The following statement on Senator Harkin’s Rebuild America Act is from Donald J. Borut, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. “The National League of Cities thanks Senator Harkin for introducing “The Rebuild America Act.” Since the beginning of the Great Recession, America’s cities and towns have asked the federal government to invest in

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The Impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget on the Pell Grant Program

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director I was deeply troubled by the impact House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan would have on the Pell Grant program, the federal program that provides needs-based grants to low-income post-secondary students. Like the cuts proposed to the Workforce Investment Act, the Ryan budget plan would

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The Impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget on Federal Job Training Programs

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director As I read through the budget proposed by House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), I was left wondering why House Republicans are so vigorously opposed to job training programs like the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  This program – which helps private sector employers find and train skilled

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Chicago’s Path to Better Regional Competitiveness

The city of Chicago stands high on a number of rankings that consider benchmarks such as economic output, educational attainment, public transit assets and quality of place. The numbers are pretty consistent across a number of research studies including the most recent one conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Restoring Trust in Government

This is the fourth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. The economy is slowly recovering from the debilitating effects of the Great Recession to a point that maybe, just maybe, will allow mayors to breathe a little easier.  But they certainly cannot rest their feet on the desk, put

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Local Officials behind Growing Support for CDBG, but Process and Partisanship Remain Significant Challenge

For the 7000 cities and towns that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year, directly or indirectly, concerns are growing that that the foundation for transformative community projects is beginning to crumble.  Over the last two years, Congress has cut funding for the CDBG program over 25 percent, from about $4 billion to

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The Latest in Economic Development – 3.22.2012

This week’s blog explores New Orleans’ revitalized entrepreneurial culture, presents an alternative read on manufacturing jobs data, explains a couple policies meant to jump start startup creation, and highlights the use of contests to spark innovative solutions. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. With

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