Month: October 2013

TIGER Helps Orlando Connect Neighborhoods with New BRT Line

This is the third in a series of blogs that will explore the impact TIGER grants have on local communities by helping them better leverage financing options, meet transportation safety goals, and increase overall quality of life by introducing alternative modes of transportation.  Click here for the first and second blogs in the series. Bus

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Partnerships Revitalize Baltimore Neighborhoods

A diverse set of partnerships lie at the heart of efforts in the City of Baltimore to revitalize neighborhoods, grow population, and support community prosperity. In Baltimore, it is “big tent” mobilizations that are emphasized. The coalitions across the city draw expertise and support from philanthropies, real estate developers, educational institutions, church congregations, community development

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Going from Crisis to Crisis is Bad for the Economy

The Cost of Crisis-Driven Fiscal Policy, a study conducted by Macroeconomic Advisers on behalf of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, finds that the uncertainty created by the on-going short-term spending bills and perpetual brinksmanship around the debt ceiling has pushed the unemployment rate 0.6 percentage points higher than it would otherwise have been this year.

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What $24 Billion Means to Cities

According to Standard & Poor’s, the cost of the 16-day federal government shutdown was $24 billion.  Twenty-four billion dollars! Twenty-four billion dollars can make a huge difference to cities and the people who live in them.  To drive home the point, I’d like to show you how that same $24 billion could be spent over

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Workforce Development Programs across America Are Shutting Down

A week ago I wrote a blog about the threat that the shutdown poses to Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs. The post noted that “as the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will be able to continue to operate.” Unfortunately, these questions are being answered, and

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Restarting the House Immigration Debate

Before the government shutdown, Members of Congress and their constituents were talking about important city issues, immigration among them. NLC joins the chorus of voices asking the House of Representatives to move on a common sense approach to immigration reform.  For cities, the issue  is an economic one; immigrants bring incredible talent and energy to

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The Federal Government Shutdown: Its Impact on Employment

As the second full week of the federal government shutdown comes to an end, the impact is being felt. Government workers, for example, are not the only workers being affected. Many more people, many in the private sector, are now finding themselves unemployed. Private sector government contractors including the consulting giant Booz-Allen and the engineering

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Fresno Leverages TIGER Grants for Complete Streets Planning

This is the second in a series of blogs that will explore the impact TIGER grants have on local communities by helping them better leverage financing options, meet transportation safety goals, and increase overall quality of life by introducing alternative modes of transportation.  Click here for the first blog, which explores Seattle’s Mercer Corridor Project.

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The Great Leadership Divide

While the U.S. government is stalled and wallowing in its own political dysfunction, I spent last week in the midst of some 3,000 movers and shakers representing the municipal movement on a world-wide scale. These city leaders and professional staff from national municipal associations were gathered in Rabat, Morocco for the World Summit of Local

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