Month: January 2013

The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses free online education, the economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl, a new ILO report, and the difficult passage from education to employment. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development.” I don’t always agree with Tom Friedman, but when I do, it’s

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Japanese Localities Build Growth on Arts and Culture

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts on Jim Brooks’ trip to Japan with the The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Fellowship. The Tate. The Getty. The Guggenheim. MoMa. These are household names and as such are among the most prestigious museums of modern art in the

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Global Outreach by Japanese Cities

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts on Jim Brooks’ trip to Japan with the The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Fellowship. The Japanese local government perspective on global outreach is a simple one. They believe that the key to economic prosperity is a greater focus on

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The Latest in Economic Development

The Latest in Economic Development is back after a holiday hiatus and we’re kicking the year off with a look at a new program in NYC, the Bay Area’s food truck related growth, Phoenix’s economic recovery, and a round-up of the new city rankings. Have thoughts or pieces to add? Comment below or email me

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Ideas and Inspiration from Japan

If you scan the news headlines of the major Japanese print and television media outlets and compare them to any other large, rich and democratic country, you won’t find many differences. For example, the latest stories include the grounding of the Boeing fleet of 787 Dreamliners, an ongoing dispute with China, and the public relations

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2013: A Pivotal Year in Ending Veteran Homelessness

The holiday decorations are put away, the resolutions have been made (maybe even broken by now?), and 2013 is underway. This is a critical year in our nation’s efforts to end veteran homelessness. In late 2009 and early 2010, the federal government rolled out their plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015. We are now

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What is Economic Gardening and Why Does it Matter?

Economic Gardening, which first started in 1987 in Littleton, Colo., is increasingly being put forth as a mainstream strategy to grow local economies. Yet, it’s still a concept that is largely unfamiliar to many people. Want to learn more about economic gardening? Sign-up for NLC’s webinar on January 22nd. It’s An Economic Development Strategy In

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Progress Sustainability Through Local Partnerships

We often hear that local governments struggle to implement sustainability programs because they lack the capacity and the funding to do so. In a time when every penny really does count, this issue hits home for small—and large—city governments alike.   However, while budget and staffing issues are no doubt a reality for sustainability offices throughout

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Leading City Issues of 2012: Snapshot from CitiesSpeak.org

Jobs and the economy, sustainability, government performance, youth violence prevention, community design, and, wouldn’t you know it, beer, emerged as leading city themes of 2012.  We surveyed the most read posts of the year from NLC’s CitiesSpeak.org blog to get a snapshot of the top local issues on the minds of readers. In order of

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Asheville, NC – Focusing on its Strengths

It’s rare to find an economic development handbook or guide that doesn’t proclaim “Focus on your strengths. ”  It is the unofficial motto of economic development. But somehow these unique strengths look strikingly familiar from city to city, like a game of economic development Mad Libs; the word “clusters” with a choose-your-surname – bio, green,

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