Month: July 2012

California’s Homeowner Bill of Rights Provides Solutions

Political leaders at the state and local levels in California have delivered not one but two aggressive efforts to address the home mortgage foreclosure crisis. One effort, the Homeowner Bill of Rights, is likely to be a powerful stick which will help borrowers negotiating a loan modification from nearly all banks and mortgage servicers. The

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Development, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification: Knowing Your City (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second in a three–part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools and strategies that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. In the first blog post of this series, I outlined my concern with the effects

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores strategic alignment of workforce and economic development, the intertwined fate of colleges and their host communities, and downtown redevelopment.  Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. No matter where you come down on the skills mismatch debate (and another commentary here

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A Way Forward for Local Infrastructure Investment

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is raising the bar on implementing solutions to his city’s infrastructure needs.  During a wide-ranging discussion in Washington, D.C. today, Mayor Emanuel ticked off the challenges he and other local leaders face in cities and towns across America – congested highways, obsolete water and sewer systems, low capacity telecommunications networks and

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New Report Highlights Challenges for Veterans

Last week, Paycheck to Paycheck was released by the National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy. The report looked at the cost of housing in more than 200 metropolitan areas and the incomes earned for 74 jobs, including five jobs “targeted by training programs sponsored by the Department of Labor in partnership with the

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s The Latest in Economic Development explores worker skills mismatch, a new H-1B visa report, a variety of activities in city economic development, and some upcoming economic development events. Have things to add, contact me at mcconnell@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Lately there’s been a lot of

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores creating an innovation culture, closing the talent gap, “ideation” and Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Creating a culture of innovation can sometimes look a lot like “old” economic development. The city of Grove, OK is targeting

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Development, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification: Exploring the Issues (Part 1 of 3)

This is the first in a three –part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. A few weeks ago, a blog post announcing the 50 “fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in the United States”

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Bringing Veterans Back into the Fabric of Our Communities

This year’s 4th of July is a unique opportunity to reflect on our nation’s veterans. As our military begins to wind down involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation also marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812 and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. What came

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