Month: June 2013

Federal Afterschool Policy Proposals Could Have a Big Impact on Your City

With a substantial number of school-aged children and youth in need of engaging activities beyond the regular school calendar, city leaders can play important roles in supporting programs that create a positive and supportive environment for younger residents during the afterschool hours. Researchers have consistently found that access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs

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“We Need to Act” – President Obama’s Clarion Call for Action on Climate Change

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama gave a rousing speech that introduced his Administration’s Climate Action Plan, a speech that aimed to position the U.S. as a global leader on climate change. ”We want a global low-carbon economy,” he said. While the global perspective is certainly an important one, local communities – cities, towns, and counties– indeed

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Getting Data in Gear

This post was written by Stephen Goldsmith and originally appeared on the Data-Smart Cities Solutions website on June 11, 2013. Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former mayor of Indianapolis and Deputy

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Cities Make Progress Toward Ending Veteran Homelessness; More Cities Join the Effort

Last week in Los Angeles, the 100,000 Homes Campaign sponsored the latest Veteran’s Boot Camp that brought together stakeholders from communities in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and California. The event comes in the wake of progress being reported by cities who participated in an earlier boot camp held in Tampa, Florida in April. This latest “Veteran’s

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Night Time is the Right Time for Mobile Vending in Philadelphia

This blog post is part of a series on mobile vending, and is based on a presentation to NLC’s Big Ideas for Small Business Peer Network on Philadelphia’s Night Market. Thank you to Diana Lu, Director of Partnerships and Outreach for the 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Philadelphia Department of Commerce, for assistance with this blog post.  In spring

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Dropout Reengagement Surges in Washington State

With a May 20 statewide meeting among representatives of 88 school districts, community colleges, community-based organization partners, and the City of Seattle, Washington State surged into new prominence in the national dropout reengagement field. In one way, Washington stands in a place of its own, since the passage of Washington House Bill 1418 and the establishment of

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