Month: May 2016

Policy Walking: Why I Wrote This Book

As American folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger once said, “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” This is a guest post by NLC Senior Consultant Jack Calhoun. The post originally appeared here. A few days ago I met the grandmother of a

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How to Protect Fast-Growing Cities from Failing

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. With our recent focus on infrastructure, this week’s talk centers on managing urban growth. Worldwide, violence is on the decline, but in the crowded cities of

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What America’s Infrastructure Needs, According to These Elected Leaders

For Infrastructure Week 2016, we asked several prominent leaders, including Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Mayor Patrick Wojahn, and Senator Jim Inhofe, to share their thoughts on American infrastructure now and in the future. Here’s what they had to say. Fix the Federal Partnership, or Cities Will Bear the Burden of an Uncertain Transportation Future Congressman Earl

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The 4 Commandments of Cities

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. As this is Infrastructure Week, this week’s talk centers on one mayor’s plan to improve his city’s roads and transportation options as well as other systems.

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Webinar: How Elected Leaders and Economic Developers Can Work Together for Cities

On May 24, the National League of Cities will join the International Economic Development Council in hosting an hour-long webinar on the ways these partnerships can advance local economic goals. This is a guest post by Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).   Good jobs, fair taxes, and community health; these

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