Month: May 2016

Your City Can Create Local, Sustainable Water Infrastructure

WaterNow Alliance is partnering with NLC to help cities implement a new paradigm that aligns water supply with sustainability. This is a guest post by Cynthia Koehler. Much of America’s urban water infrastructure is aging and in decay.  The list of water infrastructure needs remains, as ever, large and largely unfunded. But there is 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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6 Things Cities Can Do When Commercial Space Becomes Unaffordable

As rents are skyrocketing in cities around the country, smart city policy has an important role to play in keeping commercial space affordable and appropriate for local entrepreneurs. All joking aside, the rent really is too damn high. That’s the sentiment of many business owners across the country who faced double-digit rent increases over the

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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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#TrailsMatter: The Need to Invest in Trails and Bicycle and Pedestrian Networks

College Park, Maryland, Mayor Patrick Wojahn explains why so many local governments are investing in trails – and walking and biking – as a means of transportation. This is a guest post by Mayor Patrick Wojahn of College Park, Maryland. For decades, the story of our nation’s infrastructure has been one of partnership. Local governments,

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