Month: February 2016

4 Ways Civic Technology Drives Results for Policy Outcomes

Even with the best-intentioned legislation, public policy initiatives can stall without the proper tools to enable easy and efficient compliance. After seeing a 300 percent increase in requests for solar permits over five years, San Diego County extended its online building permitting solution to include solar permits, decreasing processing time by 75 percent. (Getty Images)

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8 Steps Cities Can Take to Increase the Financial Capability of Young People in Employment Programs

A first job is a pivotal moment in a young person’s life and a key first step towards adulthood. City youth employment programs provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn important job and life skills as they earn their first paychecks. Unfortunately, all too often these programs miss the chance to also teach critical

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Does the Maker Movement Hold the Key to Economic Growth?

The power of this movement is its ability to draw production back into cities. This can have profound economic and social benefits. A man builds a 3D printer at a makerspace. (Getty) This is an excerpt from NLC’s upcoming report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American

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Predatory Small Business Lending Concerns Voiced at Federal, State Hearings

The push for more fairness and transparency within the non-traditional business lending industry was recently brought to the attention of policymakers on Capitol Hill and at the Illinois State House. As we recently covered, predatory lending to small business owners is of growing concern now that entrepreneurs are increasingly relying on the unregulated, alternative lending

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