Month: February 2013

Higher Education Proposals in the President’s State of the Union Address

In addition to the early education plans unveiled in his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a series of new education initiatives with a goal to better prepare students to enter the workforce.  His proposals aim to ensure that American high schools are providing students with necessary skills, make college tuition affordable, and

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What the President’s State of the Union Proposals Would Mean for Early Childhood Education

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama outlined several ambitious initiatives to strengthen the nation’s education system.  One of his proposed reforms would expand access to high-quality preschool and early learning opportunities.  The president emphasized the importance of early childhood education and noted that, “Study after study shows that the sooner

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Nineteen Million

Sometimes a single number shakes me in my boots – a budget line, a murder rate, a grant amount. Currently, the number “rocking my world:” Nineteen million. Nineteen million is the number of young adults who will qualify for relatively low cost health insurance under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  That’s about half of

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Detroit and DETROPIA

The words come at you harshly and powerfully. Decay. Ruin. Emptiness. America’s Pompeii. These words accompany images of Detroit from photographers Andrew Moore and Camilo Jose Vergara. The photos have been part of two exhibitions at the National Building Museum in Washington, Detroit Disassembled and Detroit Is No Dry Bones. Using a large-format presentation, Moore

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Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence

The debate over gun violence swirls in state houses and in Congress.   Heated discussions surround: Ensuring universal background checks and closing gun show loopholes; Banning assault weapons; Banning multi-magazine clips; Giving federal authorities the ability to trace guns; and Increasing the availability of mental health services. Citing the many American families “whose lives have been

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In Dublin, Witnessing a Global Competition for Human Talent

The following post was written by John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor of the City of New Haven, Conn., and Past NLC President.  It originally appeared as a column in the New Haven Register on February 9, and has been reprinted with permission from Mayor DeStefano. A western Ukrainian boxer speaking English with an Irish accent?  By

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses the merits of German and Swiss apprenticeship programs and college credentials, heartland startup culture, a new incubator program in Arizona, and a community benefits agreement between Columbia University and West Harlem. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development.” A recent publication by

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The Opportunities and Challenges of Our Withdrawal from Afghanistan

During the State of the Union address last night, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers joined First Lady Michelle Obama in the gallery, a clear recognition of the vital role that cities play in strengthening our nation. Among the many topics covered, the President announced his intention to withdraw approximately 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan in the

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Fine-Tuning Broadband Adoption Strategies

At a Broadband Summit at the FCC last week, national experts, academics and community program leaders discussed our country’s progress on where people are when it comes to taking advantage of broadband access.  The major challenges to broadband adoption have been having access to broadband services, how and why to use that access once you

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The Parallel Pathways of Resilience and Sustainability

In the aftermath of last year’s extreme weather events the topic of ‘resiliency’ has become the subject of much discussion, excitement and some confusion within cities and the field of urban planning. But is this just yet another ‘buzz word’ to be casually thrown about or is there something more going on? This blog post

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