Month: June 2015

Supreme Court Highlights, Part 2: What You Need to Know, and How Your City Will Be Affected

You can view the first installment of this post here. The Supreme Court recently ruled on a number of cases that directly affect cities nationwide. (Getty Images) Same-Sex Couples Now Have A Constitutional Right to Marry Obergefell v. Hodges will be celebrated and condemned internationally. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme

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Why City Governments Should Adopt the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

This is a guest post by Katie Swenson and Tom Osdoba. Photovoltaic cells cover the facade of a green apartment building in Berlin, Germany. The photovoltaic cells replace the conventional facade slabs and produce around 25,000 kWh of solar-generated electricity a year, which is then fed into the public grid and offsets the energy consumption

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How the New Public Sector Pension Accounting Rules Will Affect Your City

This is a guest post by Les Richmond, pension actuary for Build America Mutual. New public sector pension accounting rules that take effect for fiscal years ending June 30, 2015 and later are likely to have a significant impact on your city’s financial statements. Because pensions can often be a controversial issue for employees and

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NLC to Hold Leadership Academy on Juvenile Justice Reform

Our RFP to participate in the upcoming Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy is out now. Minneapolis will host NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy this fall. Photo credit: AMB-MD Despite substantial decreases in juvenile crime rates during the past decade, state and local juvenile justice systems remain in need of fundamental

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Supreme Court Highlights: What You Need to Know, and How Your City Will Be Affected

This summer, the Supreme Court has already ruled on a number of cases that directly affect cities nationwide. (Getty Images) Reed v. Town of Gilbert May Require Altering Sign Codes Nationwide In Reed v. Town of Gilbert the Supreme Court held unanimously that Gilbert’s Sign Code, which treats various categories of signs differently based on

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How the National Park Service Can Support Outdoor Recreation Projects in Your City

This is a guest post by Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the U.S. National Park Service. In April, I traveled to San Francisco to announce the National Park Service Urban Agenda during the Greater Greener Conference presented by the City Park Alliance. Our Urban Agenda establishes a framework for strategic alignment of parks, programs and

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Startup in a Day, Minimum Wage, and 1 Million Cups: 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. Startup in a Day is a new initiative that calls on cities to reduce the time it takes to start a business by streamlining the permitting process. Take the Startup in a Day

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Opening the Door for Data Sharing in the Juvenile Justice System

As part of NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform initiative, we are working with cities across the country to improve information and data sharing between city governments and agencies within the juvenile justice system. This map of crime incidences in San Francisco was created using data shared by various city and county agencies. (https://data.sfgov.org/)

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Mayors’ Education Advisors Focus on Equity and Student Success

Amid the first hot days of summer, and in the recent aftermath of social and economic unrest that roiled Baltimore and the nation, NLC’s annual Mayors’ Education Policy Advisors Network’s (EPAN) meeting took place in Baltimore earlier this month. The city of Baltimore played host to NLC’s recent Mayors’ Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN) meeting.

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