Month: May 2014

Unqualified Win in Qualified Immunity Cases

The Supreme Court resolves circuit splits (where federal circuit courts of appeals have decided the same issue differently) and isn’t an error correcting Court.  But you would not know that if you looked just at the Court’s two unanimous qualified immunity decided this week. State and local government officials can be sued for money damages

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Keeping the Promises in Jacksonville, Florida

This post was written by the Honorable Alvin Brown, Mayor, Jacksonville, Florida. It originally appeared on the GradNation blog. As mayor of Jacksonville, I recognize the importance of education to the success and vitality of a city. By equipping students with the skills they need to achieve their fullest potential, we ensure our city has

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NLC at 90: Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans

NLC is celebrating 90 years of making cities better place to live. Read the anniversary kick-off letter from NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. As NLC celebrates its 90th anniversary, we again join the nation in pausing this Memorial Day weekend to reflect on the sacrifices made by the men and women

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From Low-Skilled to College-Ready: Building Pathways for All Youth Who Drop Out – Part 2

This post was written by Peter Kleinbard, a consultant who works with organizations serving adolescents. It is the second in a series on dropout reengagement, drawn from the case study: For Young Adults who Dropout: Pathways or merely Stops along the Way? The study is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and The Pinkerton

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Big Ideas for Small Business 2014 – Best Practices Report

The National League of Cities’ new toolkit, Big Ideas for Small Business, discusses important strategies for how local leaders can be better advocates for entrepreneurs and small business in cities. The report provides guidance on how to create an ecosystem that supports small business growth. Below are some initial next steps that local leaders can

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A Mayor’s Perspective on Why Sustainability Matters: An Interview with David Narkewicz, Mayor of Northampton, Mass.

This is a guest post by Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director of STAR Communities. Last week, STAR Communities announced that Northampton, Massachusetts is the first city in the United States to be awarded the 5-STAR Community Rating, STAR’s highest possible designation, and a recognition of Northampton’s strong record instituting a wide range of sustainability practices as

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Building Effective Partnerships: Strategies to Increase Digital Access and Literacy, Part 2

This i s a guest post by Delano Squires, and the second in a series on how cities can improve digital literacy in their communities. Read the first blog here. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has taken a number of steps to make the District of Columbia an attractive location for tech companies. In November 2012,

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Connecting Your City: Strategies to Increase Digital Access and Literacy, Part 1

This is a guest post by Sheila Dugan, and the first in a series on how cities can improve digital literacy in their communities. Cities across the United States are innovating. From Boston to San Francisco, they are leveraging technology to improve the delivery of social services, increase transparency, and better communicate with their constituents.

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Economically Stronger Families = Economically Stronger Cities

This is the second of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” In today’s complex financial and economic landscape, families in the lower and middle income brackets can easily find themselves standing

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