Month: May 2015

How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals

This is a guest post by Patrice Chamberlain, director of the California Summer Meal Coalition.  Summer is right around the corner, yet in many low-income communities, this time of year can leave children with limited access to learning opportunities, few safe places to gather and without access to the free or reduced-price meals they received

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Don’t Drive(rless) Alone

What should cities do to prepare for a future where technological innovations not only continue to disrupt traditional approaches, but catapult forward at an accelerated pace? Let’s start with what the near future might hold. One big shift on the transportation front could be the advent of networked driverless cars. The news in recent months

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Sandy Recovery Highlights Resilience Lessons

The Chen residence in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island is occupied once again. During the 2012 superstorm known as Hurricane Sandy, the Chen home was inundated with 10 feet of flood water, as were other residences in the Midland and New Dorp Beach areas. As of March 2015, the Chen family is back

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Resilient Cities Summit Challenges Government and Industry to Plan Collaboratively for the Future

This article was co-authored by Jeremy Sigmon, Director of Technical Policy at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) “Resilience is bigger than disaster management,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, president of the National League of Cities and co-chair of the Resilient Cities Summit hosted last week at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO.

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Louisville’s Cradle to Career Initiative: Improving Education Across the Pipeline

This is a guest post by Greg Fischer, mayor, Louisville, Ky. The post originally appeared on the U.S. Department of Education’s blog. More on Louisville’s Cradle to Career Initiative can be found on the city’s website.  Mayor Greg Fischer hosted Louisville’s community conversation. As Mayor of Louisville, I’ve learned that city government plays a major

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10 Ways to Build a Bicycle Friendly Community

This is a guest post by Bill Nesper, Vice President of Programs at the League of American Bicyclists. Cyclists participate in a ride during the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., a day of bike advocacy on Capitol Hill. (photo: Brian Palmer) Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges. It’s an

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Business Lending, Bike Deliveries and Bee Hives: This Month in Economic Development

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617. Could this be the future of online shopping? German start-up Kiezkaufhaus allows consumers to purchase local goods online for same-day delivery by bike. (image courtesy Kiezkaufhaus) A new concern for small businesses is

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43 Cities Gather in Philadelphia to Take Action on Reducing Violence Against African American Males

This is a guest post by Jerrilyn Black. The Cities United event took place in Philadephia April 29 – May 1, 2015. (Getty Images) Cities United, a national partnership to reduce violence and violence-related deaths in the African American male community, held its second annual convening in Philadelphia April 29 – May 1. The second

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What is Your City Doing to Promote Access to Nature? Participate in our Survey!

Take our Cities Promoting Access to Nature survey today! (Getty Images) NLC is partnering with the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) on a new initiative, Cities Promoting Access to Nature (CPAN), to ensure that all children, particularly children living in economically distressed communities, have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in outdoor spaces. Many

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