Month: November 2012

Financing Postsecondary Success

Most city policy and thought leaders can agree on the importance of increasing postsecondary credentialing rates, in the context of broader economic, workforce, and talent development strategies.  Many cities are knocking on NLC’s door asking, “how to?” Strive’s Collective Impact approach is spreading, and typically embraces postsecondary success goals and indicators. But, communities are only

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From Miracle to PACT

Two words notably missing from the Building Peace in Boston mobile workshop of the 2012 NLC Congress of Cities: Miracle, and Ceasefire. Twenty years ago, Boston and indeed the nation celebrated a community-police collaboration that brought the number of youth homicides to zero for two years running. Some called this the Boston Miracle; some called

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Building a Healthy Boston

  Access to healthy foods, safe routes to bike or walk to work or school, and affordable and accessible health and social services – these are just a few of a comprehensive set of strategies the City of Boston’s Public Health Commission (BPHC) employs to build communities that are conducive to healthy eating and active

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City Officials Learn from Boston’s Crime Prevention Efforts at Congress of Cities

Violence not only affects victims and their families.  It affects entire communities.  At NLC’s Congress of Cities in Boston, city officials visited the Holland Community Center – one of 35 neighborhood based centers in the city that provide a safe space for youth and their families to participate in recreational activities and receive services. Administered

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Engaging the Public on Sustainability

A comic displayed during an NLC Leadership Training session this afternoon summed up a major challenge to sustainability efforts in cities across the country. The image depicts a packed presentation room with benefits of action on climate change listed on a presentation screen. Among the list where items such as energy independence, green jobs, livable

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Gigabits Around the Country – Part 2

This is the second in a two-part blog exploring gigabit connections around the country.  The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation partnered with Next American City to develop a case study, Gig City, U.S.A.: Bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City, which looks at the developing partnership between Google and the Kansas Cities. 

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Embracing the Immigrant Engine

The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation has joined with Next American City to explore how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies.  NLC is featuring a series of case studies, and this post highlights the third and final of the series, The Rise

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Facebook, Jobs and the U.S. Department of Labor

Facebook, Jobs and the U.S. Department of Labor By Neil Bomberg City elected officials have an important new job search tool to share with their constituents who are searching for a job.  In addition to the local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) one stops and career centers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has embarked on

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Building “Brainpower,” San Antonio Voters Approve New Revenue for Expanded Pre-K

As the news cycle adjusts to a post-election world, one important election result that should not be overlooked is a measure approved by San Antonio voters last week to expand all-day prekindergarten for young children. The result of a year-long planning process led by Mayor Julián Castro, the Brainpower Initiative will raise the local sales

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Local Issues Play Out in National Elections

All eyes may have been turned toward Ohio on election eve in order to discover the outcome of the Presidential contest. However, significant issues impacting the day-to-day lives of Americans were voted on in Michigan, Georgia, Washington, California and other states. Of special note were the events in Tennessee, where the courts had intervened on

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