Month: February 2016

Partnerships in Phoenix Bring Veterans Home

The city has made dramatic progress in housing homeless veterans thanks to bold leadership and community partnerships. If you are younger than 40, you likely have no memory of a time when persistent and chronic homelessness wasn’t a part of most major cities. If you are older than 40, you witnessed the emergence of chronic

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10 Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials to Your City

Philadelphia is a city that has implemented a set of successful policies aimed at attracting and retaining talent in the last decade. During that same period, the city’s population grew by 100,000. Talent attraction and retention is an issue that is immensely important to cities as they compete not only nationally, but globally, for the

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Tenth Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Effort to Collect Use Tax on Remote Sales

The Tenth Circuit Court upheld a Colorado law that requires internet sellers to inform Colorado buyers of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue. A dream shared by states and local governments nationwide may be realized shortly in Colorado. Use tax collection on internet purchases in the state may

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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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Cities Can Use This Innovative Technology to Reduce Gun Violence

Getting to the scene of gunfire quickly and having the situational intelligence necessary for immediate action is key for first responders. This is a guest post by Ralph A. Clark of SST. Inc./ShotSpotter. Technology can be a wonderful thing, yet just acquiring the latest device or gadget doesn’t mean it will magically transform your life

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How Two Ohio Cities Used Partnerships to House Veterans

Cities in the Cleveland area are increasingly using the opportunity to rally their communities in support of housing for veterans, including aging veterans and those with service-connected disabilities. In the face of limited local and federal resources, the cities of Parma and South Euclid have begun to partner with nonprofits to build, preserve, or adapt

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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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Supreme Court Puts Clean Power Plan Regulations on Hold

The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan requires power plants to reduce carbon emissions and establishes state-by-state targets to accomplish this goal. In a 5-4 decision, the court halted enforcement of the plan until after legal challenges are resolved. (Getty Images) The Supreme Court may currently be on recess but that did not stop it from

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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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