Month: January 2016

How the City of Newark is Leading in Historic Preservation

The city of Newark, New Jersey, has a strategy for historic preservation, multi-sector partnership, and the creation of new residential mixed-use development in the heart of downtown. Newark is demonstrating that, while simple economic arithmetic may dictate demolition and abandonment when it comes to older downtown structures, those willing to see beyond the next fiscal

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Mayors and City Officials Lead Communities Toward Global Engagement

Effective global engagement strategies are essential for any leader and community that aspires to remain at the cutting edge of international trends for the coming decades. This is a guest post by Reta Jo Lewis and Lora Berg. The peaceful and prosperous future of transatlantic cities and regions depends on their ability to recognize and

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In the Presidential Candidate Debates, a Missed Opportunity for Infrastructure

Perhaps what’s most disappointing about this week’s events is the candidates’ failure to take hold of the growing chorus in our country that is talking about transportation as a ladder of opportunity. Monday’s Democratic presidential candidate town hall and Thursday’s Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa – much like the debates that came before them

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Presidential Candidates: Here’s What You Should Learn from Flint, Michigan

Using the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as a case study, here are three reasons why the presidential candidates need to pay attention to and address city priorities. As the Republican and Democratic candidates took to the debate stage in South Carolina last week, they attempted to persuade voters, particularly those in the upcoming early

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5 Strategies for Inspired Leadership in the Budget Process

Brenda Morrison and Chris Adams explain how to bring your constituents together for better budget solutions that move your city forward. This article is based on the budget toolbox session led by Brenda and Chris and presented by NLC University at the 2015 Congress of Cities in Nashville, Tennessee. To harness the power of their

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The Rise of Cities and a Global Parliament of Mayors

Building on a foundation of intercity cooperation aimed at addressing the increasing dysfunction of nation-states in dealing with global crises, Benjamin Barber proposes a governance revolution: the founding of a new global legislative body comprising the world’s cities called the Global Parliament of Mayors. Dr. Barber delivers an address at NLC’s 2015 Congress of Cities

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A Call for Bipartisan Leadership on Gun Violence

This is an op-ed written by Columbia, S.C., Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin. Sweeping change that effectively combats gun violence can only come from a united, bipartisan Congress. (Getty Images) It is hard to imagine that, in 2015, there were more than 52,606 gun-related incidents in the United States, which resulted in 13,344 deaths and 26,929

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Mandatory Union Fee Case

The petitioners in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association are asking the Court to restrict the collection of fees by unions that represent more than nine million public employees in 23 states and the District of Columbia. (Getty Images) It was a typical oral argument at the Supreme Court in a “big” case. Protesters outside with

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Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Technological innovation is compelling and necessary, but it complicates the economic and policy frameworks that communities—governments, businesses and families—have bet on. Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler discusses entrepreneurship at NLC’s Big Ideas for Cities. (photo: Jason Dixson Photography) Disruption. It may be a buzz word, but it perfectly encapsulates this moment in time. Sharing economy behemoths like

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