Month: April 2016

Millennials, Makers, and Manufacturers: This Month in Economic Development

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617. Cities Drive the Maker Movement. Cities are recognizing the power and potential of the maker movement, both as a placemaking strategy and as an economic and workforce strategy. The growing public support for the

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Create a Better World for More People: A Futurist’s Call to Action

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we’ll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. A keynote speaker at NLC’s next Leadership Summit, futurist and economist Rebecca Ryan asserts that America is seasonal. The bad news? We’re in winter (2001-2020). The

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New SolSmart Program Helps Cities Go Solar, Create Jobs

SolSmart offers cities no-cost technical assistance to improve access and affordability of local solar projects. Launched on April 27 by the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities and a team of organizations, the new designation program will recognize the efforts of cities, towns, and counties to implement best practices and promote solar

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Our City Reintegrated Ex-Offenders and Reduced Jail Populations. This is How We Did It.

In celebration of National Reentry Week, Charlottesville, Virginia Councilmember Kristin Szakos shares her city’s success story about helping convicted felons reintegrate into society – and reducing the city’s jail population in the process. This is a guest post by Councilmember Kristin Szakos. This spring, the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, is sponsoring its first Reentry Resource

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Planet Forward Summit Highlights Sustainable Future for Cities

The summit featured mayors, public and private sector leaders, journalists, academics, students and entrepreneurs discussing the stories, innovations and people who will transform our cities in the coming decades. In celebration and recognition of Earth Day 2016, National League of Cities President Melodee Colbert-Kean joined municipal officials, private sector leaders and students from around the

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April is Financial Capability Month – Here Are Some Great Tools City Leaders Can Share

With Financial Capability Month coming to a close, now is the perfect time for city leaders to strengthen the financial capability of their residents by informing them about the non-predatory financial products and services currently available. Financial Tools for Youth As we previously noted, the first time youth earn their own income is the perfect

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Mass Incarceration Begins in Local Jails. Here’s How Cities Can Prevent Their Overuse.

Local jails detain 19 times the number of individuals of state and federal prisons combined – but cities have the power to reduce those numbers. In its most recent step supporting city leaders to reform the justice system, the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will launch a new initiative to

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