Month: September 2015

Let’s Move! From Fort Collins, Colo., to Washington, D.C.

This is a guest post by Gino Campana, councilmember, Fort Collins, Colo. It was an honor to participate in a daylong celebratory event at the White House for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) movement. Together with First Lady Michelle Obama, we celebrated the milestone of 500 communities joining LMCTC, as well as

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Cities Are Taking a Regional Approach to Closing the Skills Gap

This post is the fifth installment in a series focused on NLC’s Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey. Apprentice working with engineer to inspect manufacturing machinery. (Getty Images) Economic development consistently ranks as a high priority for local officials across the country. Alongside this priority

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First Lady Announces 500 Communities Have Joined Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

The National League of Cities recently joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to announce that 500 cities, towns and counties are now participating in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative. The 500 cities, towns and counties honored at the White House come from all 50 states, the District of

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Joplin Takes Action on E-Fairness

This is a guest blog post by Councilmember Melodee Colbert-Kean. People in Joplin, Mo., know how to adapt to change. Our city got its start in 1873 as a mining boom town, and we’ve been growing and changing ever since. We’ve seen Bonnie and Clyde, built our Main Street around historic Route 66, and became

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3 Reasons Why Infrastructure Needed to Be Addressed in the GOP Debate

Last night, Republican presidential hopefuls again stood before the nation vying to be their party’s nominee. One issue was sorely missing from the debate. A view of the podium bearing the presidential seal at NLC’s Congressional City Conference. (Jason Dixson) For three hours last night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., 11 Republican

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New NLC Collaboration to Provide Mental Health Training to Police Officers Working in Schools

School resource officers and other police officers in schools can play a crucial role in affecting positive youth outcomes and improving public safety. Police officers who respond to the developmental and mental health needs of youth in an informed and age-appropriate way help ensure the safety of everyone in schools, from students to teachers and

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What Cities Need to Know to Provide Services to Runaway Youth

NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform project is increasing the capacity of city officials to address the needs of runaway youth and keep them out of the juvenile justice system. Join us for our upcoming webinar, Opportunities for City Leaders to Improve Outcomes for Runaway Youth Without Juvenile Justice System Involvement. Life on the

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What Will Tax Abatement Disclosures Mean for Economic Development Groups?

This is a guest post written by Ellen Harpel. The post originally appeared on the Smart Incentives blog. Economic development incentives such as tax abatements can allow cities to spur growth and encourage progress – but these incentives should be used effectively and responsibly. To that end, tax abatement disclosures can support greater transparency, although new

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