Month: March 2016

A New Education Playbook for City Leaders

The YEF Council Education Playbook provides examples of 27 action steps taken by select U.S. cities to provide greater resources and opportunities for their communities and for youth from early childhood to postsecondary success. In our globalized economy, the knowledge and skills acquired by completing high school and then pursuing some type of postsecondary education

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Enhancing Faith Community and Law Enforcement Communication in an Era of Mistrust

First-hand knowledge of the pain caused by broken communities, combined with a theology of reconciliation, means that the faith community can play an increasingly important role in helping to effect police/community trust. This is a guest post by NLC Senior Consultant Jack Calhoun. The post originally appeared here. Throughout the nation’s history, the faith community

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Public Sector Fair Share Laws Survive in 4-4 SCOTUS Decision

In a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s decision upholding the legality of collective bargaining service fees for public sector employees who aren’t union members. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could have turned public sector labor law upside down. In an unsurprising move the Supreme Court issued a non-precedential 4-4 opinion affirming

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3 Things Every City Should Know About Drones

With Congressional action on drones just around the corner, here are three things you should know about the current landscape of unmanned aerial vehicles. The FAA has issued more than 2,600 exemptions to allow commercial operators to fly in the National Airspace System. (Getty Images) Imagine you and your family are trying to enjoy a Labor Day

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5 Ways Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement

These are the key recommendations to help your city grow the maker movement. (Getty Images) This is an excerpt from NLC’s report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. The maker movement has great potential to alter the very fabric of business and manufacturing

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Transportation Planning Is Stuck in the Past. Here’s What Needs to Be Done.

There are several critical limitations in municipal transportation planning, and in many ways, these limitations are worsening. “Fixed-guideway systems will still be around, public streets and personal cars will still be around… Now transportation planners need to learn from the software industry and be more iterative. How can we accommodate different modes within the old

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Justice Scalia’s Impact on Local Government – And What the Future Holds for Cities

Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was generally supportive of local government, and his passing leaves many questions as to how the nation’s highest court will rule in upcoming cases affecting cities. Justice Scalia’s death came at an uncertain time in our nation’s history, given the upcoming presidential election. Unsurprisingly, while some of the news

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KCMO Closes the Digital Divide for Local Businesses

This is a recap from Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network helping local governments accelerate effort to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. To learn more about this initiative email robbins@nlc.org. Kansas City, Mo., well-known for its status as a “Gig City,” has the surprising challenge of a digital divide among small business

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