Month: January 2015

Tying Business Incentives to an Economic Development Strategy

This is a guest post written by Ellen Harpel. Post originally appeared on the Smart Incentives blog. Economic development initiatives like this construction project in Singapore are more successful when investment incentives align with the values articulated by the overall development strategy. (Getty Images) Incentives are not just about winning a deal or completing a transaction

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Five Ways Cities Can Promote Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs

Providing meals for children through federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs is a win-win opportunity for cities. Cities benefit by bringing more federal funds into their neighborhoods, and can improve the health and well-being of low-income children by increasing their access to healthy meals and their participation in fun and safe activities during out-of-school time

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Local Governments Win Cell Tower Supreme Court Case – For the Most Part

The City of Roswell lost its case before the Supreme Court regarding cell phone tower approval on what some might describe as a mere technicality – but overall, local governments won. (Getty Images) In T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell, the Supreme Court held 6-3 that the Telecommunications Act (TCA) requires local governments to provide reasons

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This Year, Cities Have Got You Covered

This blog post was co-written by Carla Plaza, consultant to NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative. Eight cities are taking bold new steps to increase Medicaid and CHIP enrollment this year. (Getty Images) Yes, it’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about the NFL playoffs or flu season, though.

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Next Monday, Be a Part of the Movement with the #CitiesServe Hashtag

This is a guest post by Mari Andrew. The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images) On January 19, cities across the nation will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting service and civic engagement. Dr. King’s courageous and tireless work toward his vision of equality inspired legislators

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Five Steps to Get to Know Your New Legislator

On Feb. 6, 2015, new senators and representatives will be officially sworn in to the 114th Congress. (Getty Images) Do you remember your first day of freshman orientation? Did you feel lost on the large campus, worried about making new connections with your classmates, or excited about new opportunities? This week, as the 114th Congress

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Mayors: A Responsive City Needs Great Internet Access

This is a guest post by Susan Crawford. A recent Webby Awards/Harris Interactive poll found that consumers – constituents, in other words – have come to expect real-time tracking, same-day delivery, and the opportunity to provide instant feedback regarding every service and business they encounter. 80 percent of respondents said they expect payments to be handled

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NLC Joins Amicus Brief Contemplating Fourth Amendment Challenges

At issue in this particular amicus brief is the question of whether or not police should be allowed to inspect hotel registries without first obtaining a warrant. (Getty Images) The State and Local Legal Center’s (SLLC) Supreme Court amicus brief in Los Angeles v. Patel, which the National League of Cities joined, makes a number

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