Month: November 2015

3 Steps Cities Can Take to Anchor Economic Partnerships

With a new approach, anchor institutions have the ability to accelerate economic development priorities and reshape their hometowns for the better. This is a guest post by Neil Kleiman. Anchor institutions — colleges, universities and hospitals — are predominant local economic actors, often the largest employers within a city. These institutions provide a knowledge foundation

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Three Supreme Court Cases that Impact Local Juvenile Justice Reform Efforts

This post was co-written by Laura E. Furr. In the last decade, the Supreme Court has ruled three times on the rights of juvenile offenders to be free from cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. These cases provide important context for city leaders joining a national movement for reforming juvenile justice practices to

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Youth Delegates Take Center Stage in Music City

This post was co-written by Indira Jimenez. NLC’s annual Congress of Cities is the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country. This year’s conference in Nashville also included a large number of youth delegates. Over 200 youth delegates, from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle, Washington, came together in Nashville to learn from

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A Smarter Way to Make Smart Cities

Though it may seem counterintuitive, small interventions powered by small companies can have almost as large of an impact on cities as expensive, big business projects for only a fraction of the price. Songdo, South Korea has been billed as the world’s first “smart city.” (Image: Gale International) This is a guest post by Isabel

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NLC Honors Communities and Local Officials for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Achievements

At a celebratory event at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities in Nashville, NLC honored cities and counties for their leadership and commitment to preventing childhood obesity and improving community health. Clifford Johnson, executive director of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (left) congratulates Osner Charlers, acting director of recreation and

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How Public Libraries Can Support Broadband Adoption

This is a guest post by Katherine Bates and Angela Siefer. Libraries are searching for and experimenting with innovative digital divide solutions that include increasing home broadband access. Libraries like the New York Public Library pictured above are helping to bridge the digital divide and bring broadband access to more residents through partnerships with cities

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