Month: August 2015

Incentivizing Entrepreneurship: Insights from Chattanooga

This is a recap from Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network helping local governments accelerate effort to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. To learn more, email robbins@nlc.org. Half a century ago, the city of Chattanooga’s reputation was more closely tied to pollution than to innovation. Now, after significant focus on building a

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This New Website Makes Accessing Public Pension Data Easier Than Ever

This is a guest post by Amber Snowden. State and local governments face ongoing fiscal challenges resulting from high levels of unemployment, still recovering housing values, decreased or flat commercial activity, and increased demands on social services. Exacerbating these budget shortfalls, public pensions have not yet returned to their pre-recession funding levels. Public sector employers

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How Jackson Hole Became a Model of Successful Growth

NLC’s James Brooks visits the outdoor mecca of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and uncovers the risks and promise of successful place making. The streets of Jackson, Wyo., with ski slopes in the background. (WitGorski/Getty Images) Jackson, Wyo., is an excellent example of successful place making. Blessed with supreme natural beauty, the town of Jackson and surrounding

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Is Your City Ready for an Innovation Economy? How Do You Know?

This is a guest post by Dr. David Ricketts. Designed to enable cities to be innovation leaders in the future, the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future will take place at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (coleong/Getty Images) In a global world, simply providing the basic necessities, including education, infrastructure and resources

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Three Ways Your City Can Prosper by Embracing Equity

This is a guest post by Sarah Treuhaft. This post is the third installment in a series focused on NLC’s annual Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our annual Local Economic Conditions survey. Participants in the SySTEMic Solutions program in Fairfax County make a presentation on robotics. As part of an overall

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How Community Partnerships Can Help Advance City Financial Inclusion Efforts

This is the fifth post in our financial inclusion blog series. The series provides examples and action steps to help city leaders start or strengthen financial inclusion efforts. This post focuses on the role of community partners in implementing financial inclusion efforts. Partnerships hold the key to successful local financial inclusion systems. (Michael Blann/Getty Images)

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How LinkedIn Can Help Your City Match Jobs with Trained Workers

This is a guest post by Nicole Isaac. This post is the second installment in a series focused on NLC’s 2015 Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey. While some contend that the United States economy may be impacted by a skills gap, at minimum, researchers

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