Month: June 2014

More than money: Alternative incentives that benefit companies and communities

Post adapted from Smart Incentives Specialized services can complement financial incentives, while taking the concept of a partnership between business and community to a new level. Guest blogger Swati Ghosh, the International Economic Development Council‘s Director of Research and Technical Assistance, reports below on an interesting new paper addressing these and other alternative incentives. Of

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90 Years of Helping City Leaders Improve the Local Business Climate

“How does a city government work with local industries, businesses, and institutions to keep them in the city and improve communications with them?” This crucial question was raised by Mayor Sam Schwartzkopf of Lincoln, Nebraska, in a 1968 article in NLC’s previously published Nation’s Cities magazine titled “You Have to Work to Keep Industry.” In

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From Low-Skilled to College Ready: Building Pathways for All Youth Who Drop Out- Part 3

This post was written by Peter Kleinbard, a consultant who works with organizations serving adolescents. It is the third in a series on dropout reengagement, drawn from the case study: For Young Adults Who Drop Out: Pathways or Merely Stops along the Way? which details the work of two community organizations. The study is funded by the William

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Privacy Please: Supreme Court Requires a Warrant to Search Cell Phones

Warrantless searches of cellphones?  Simple question.  Simple answer.  No (generally). In Riley v. California the Supreme Court held unanimously that generally police must first obtain a warrant before searching an arrested person’s cellphone.  The Court readily admitted that its decision will impact law enforcement’s ability to combat crime.  But the Court reminds readers that privacy

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Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA: One Less Thing for Cities to Worry About

Had Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA gone the other way it would be a big deal for cities.  But it didn’t.  Cities own many small stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases and will benefit from not having to obtain permits for them. The Clean Air Act regulates pollution-generating emissions from stationary source (factories, power

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Lane v. Franks Leaves Local Governments Holding their Breath

The Supreme Court held unanimously that the First Amendment protects a public employee who provides truthful sworn testimony, compelled by a subpoena, outside the course of his or her ordinary responsibilities. But what about the much more likely scenario:  An employee provides truthful sworn testimony, compelled by a subpoena, which is part of an employee’s

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Celebrating the Attractions of Small Cities

When I talk about cities I have visited, I use sensory language. I describe the art or architecture I saw, the unique foods I consumed, the sounds of nature or of music I heard, the landscape I traversed or the people with whom I connected. Big city or small city, in the U.S. or abroad,

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How Do You House 101,628 People?

One at a time. Alvin Hill, an Army and National Guard veteran, now has a safe place to call home after being homeless for nearly 20 years. Alvin is one of 31,171 veterans out of the 101,628 people housed by communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign. In less than four years, 238 communities across

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Supreme Court Makes Some Superfund Cases Harder to Bring

Has your city even been involved in Superfund litigation either as a plaintiff or a defendant?  Or may your city be involved in such a case in the future?  If so, the Supreme Court decided a case that in some states will shorten the period of time plaintiffs can bring environmental contamination cases. In CTS

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