Month: September 2013

Climate Change Doesn’t Recognize City Boundaries

Drive just thirty miles west of Pinecrest, Florida – a beautiful, cozy village neighboring Miami – and you are engulfed in a dramatically different landscape.  You look around, taking in the dense, semi-tropical air and the mysteriousness of a river that slowly meanders  through the saw grass, a river home to alligators and crocodiles, water

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Show and Tell: Cities Share Best Practices at the Big Ideas for Small Business Summit

City government should be a partner, not an obstacle, when it comes to small business development and retention in our communities. This is the major theme that emerged from the first-ever Big Ideas for Small Business Summit held in Chicago recently and co-hosted by NLC and the City of Chicago’s Innovation Delivery Team. The Big

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Who’s to Blame for the Bad Jobs Report?

In a recent post on Wonkblog, Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin placed the blame for the disappointing August jobs report and the sluggish economic recovery squarely on the back of the government sector. “From July 2008 to January 2013,” he writes, “the sector shed more than 737,000 jobs.” And to make it worse, the most

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STAR Communities Announces 2014 Leadership Program & Financial Assistance

This post was written by Lacey Shaver, Outreach and Program Coordinator, STAR Communities. For the past 10 months, more than 30 cities and counties from across the U.S. and Canada have been tracking their sustainability progress through participation in the STAR Community Rating System’s (STAR) pilot program. Working through the rating system with other communities

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For the Love of Eminent Domain

The City of Richmond, California has been abandoned and cast adrift by all those partners who might logically be expected to support local governments facing severe challenges to the local economy and the real estate market. Into the void stepped the private firm Mortgage Resolution Partners (MRP) peddling a grand solution to solve a prolonged

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Building the Social Town Hall

This post was written by Stephen Goldsmith and originally appeared in Government Technology Magazine. Stephen Goldsmith is the  Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former mayor of Indianapolis and Deputy Mayor of New York City. Social media is the new town hall, where government leaders join

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Cities Lead: Recipes for Local Success

Urban scholar and commentator Neal Peirce released his book Citistates (How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World) all the way back in 1993. The themes concerning successful and globally competitive cities and regions were compelling then and his findings have been borne out by authors including Michael Porter (The Competitive Advantage of the

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Habitat for Humanity Launches New Veterans Build Initiative

Earlier this summer, seven house frames were constructed on the National Mall over a four day period. The Habitat for Humanity event, Veterans Build on the Mall, was a part of the organization’s annual AmeriCorps Build-a-thon that draws attention to the volunteer service program as well as the need for affordable housing in local communities.

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