Month: December 2015

How to Address Predatory Small Business Lending in Your Community

Cities should proactively talk to businesses about their borrowing needs and rights and lead them in the right direction towards trustworthy sources of capital. The National League of Cities recently took action by signing on as an endorser to the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, a pledge that pushes for fairness and accountability when

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Trump Talks Infrastructure, but City Issues Still on the Fringe

The majority of American voters live in cities, and the 2016 presidential election candidates should pay more attention to the issues that matter most to them. The nine top-polling 2016 GOP presidential candidates stepped up to the plate for last Republican debate of 2015 hosted by CNN at the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las

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COP21 – A Full Roundup of the Paris Climate Change Conference

The speeches from President Barack Obama and other heads of state may have concluded, but the work has just begun for U.S. mayors and local leaders who have traveled to the UN Climate Change conference in Paris to support a global climate change agreement. Photo: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters Day 1 The National League of Cities (NLC)

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Your City Has to Fix Sign Codes After Reed – But It’s Manageable

Cities can, should, and must revise their sign codes to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling on Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona. While it might not be easy, and all the fixes won’t make perfect sense, Reed provides cities an opportunity to ask themselves what they want their communities to look like and how

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How to Reduce Arrests of Young People in Your City

Missed our latest juvenile justice reform webinar? Not to worry, now you can watch and listen to Police Protocols to Reduce Arrests of Young People in Your City on YouTube. This webinar, which took place  on Friday, December 18, 2015, features Deputy Superintendent Michael Gropman of the Brookline, Massachusetts Police Department and Deputy Commissioner Kevin

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Anchor Institutions, Motor City Match, and Teacher Housing: This Month in Economic Development

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. This month’s roundup features resources shared at the Congress of Cities (CoC) meeting in Nashville. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617. Federal Dollars Help Match Business with Bricks and Mortar in Detroit. The Motor City Match program, funded by Community

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Early Childhood Success is a Citywide Priority

A well-aligned early care and education system includes streamlined communication and coordinated services that address the full range of academic, behavioral, health and family issues. (Getty/Jupiterimages) As a culmination of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) two-year project to help cities align early childhood care and education systems from birth through third grade, NLC hosted the

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