Month: November 2014

Cities, Towns and Counties Honored for Let’s Move! Achievements

At a celebratory event at NLC’s Congress of Cities in Austin, NLC honored cities and counties for their leadership and dedication to ending childhood obesity and improving the health of their residents. Local elected officials have a key role to play in ensuring children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives.

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Supreme Court Opinions? Already?!

Despite being early in the term, the Supreme Court has already issued two opinions involving state and local government. Getty images As the Supreme Court’s term only began on October 6 it is a little early for the Court to be issuing opinions except in the instance of per curiam (unauthored) opinions where the Court

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Eight Ways Cities and Stakeholders are Encouraging Youth Employment

As the economic recovery continues at a modest pace, young people remain one of the last groups to benefit from slowly expanding job opportunities. Young people attend a job fair in Chicago. Getty images. Statistics show that only one-third of U.S. teens work regular jobs, a level half that of 30 years ago and the

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Progress Being Made on Veteran Homelessness, But More to Be Done

 Veteran homelessness has dropped 33% since 2010 and 10% in the last year alone. Homeless U.S. Navy veteran looks for his size while collecting free clothing in Denver. Getty Images. As part of NLC’s on-going State of the Cities series, Veterans Day offers an opportunity to look closely at how cities are following through on

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Cities Focus on Talent, Quality of Life to Grow Local Economies

Instead of focusing singularly on business attraction or workforce development, mayors across the country are taking a more holistic lens to economic development. People wandering around shops and restaurants in downtown Denver. Getty Images. In his State of the City speech earlier this year, Mayor Greg Fischer from Louisville shared his mantra for economic development:

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Local Action, State Support Needed for Muni Broadband Expansion

This is a guest post by Angela Siefer. Getty Images According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance, over 400 communities in the United States have a publicly owned broadband network. But how did they get there? How did they access the poles? Where did they find existing assets? Are those assets available for anyone

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Comparing Cities’ Performance: A Global Breakthrough

This is a guest post by Neal Peirce. Getty Images How to compare the performance of cities across the world?  What’s the particulate matter in a city’s air?  Debt service as a percent of a city’s own revenue?  Green area per 100,000 population?  Number of firefighters by the same per 100,000 gauge? Now, for the

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Cities Succeed Where Feds Have Fallen Short on Transportation

Cities across the country are taking a holistic, long-term approach to developing their transportation systems. “One big pothole.” This is how former Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has frequently described the state of America’s transportation infrastructure. If you’ve been out at all on the highways, railways or other transit systems that comprise our nation’s

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Achievement Gaps, Racial Equity and the Challenges of Family Engagement

Communities can succeed in ensuring that all students achieve their full potential when parents and families are fully engaged as partners and allies. Earlier this month, I had the chance to spend two days in Madison, Wisconsin with Mayor Paul Soglin, his senior staff and a variety of key community partners who are working to

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