Month: June 2016

NLC Awards Grants to Six Cities to Strengthen Financial Inclusion Efforts

While cities are increasingly creating programs to address financial inclusion, bringing those programs out of their silos to engage with partners and current resources is what makes the difference in those programs’ long-term success. To accomplish his stated goals, Lansing, Michigan, Mayor Virg Benero joined the National League of Cities and five other mayors recently

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How We Worked with a Mayor and a Parks Department to Connect SF Youth with Nature

Implementing successful programs like this takes commitment from multiple partners as well as funding, participant recruitment, event planning, and risk management strategies. This is a guest post by Greg Lais and Phil Ginsburg. Coming in direct contact with the mighty Mississippi River provided one indelible memory for many of the 700 participants in the recent

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Preparing Cities and Towns for Self-Driving Vehicles

As time advances and new technology, adoption and traffic scenarios unfold, cities face many uncertainties when it comes to transportation and mobility. This is a guest post by Dr. Kara Maria Kockelman. A substantial shift in transportation options is emerging, with various technologies advancing to market for connected and highly automated vehicles (C/AVs). Our nation’s

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Inclusive Growth in Cities: A Conversation with OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría

In cities, top-line economic growth has not necessarily delivered bottom-line prosperity. Together with the Brookings Institution, NLC hosted an event to examine the rising inequality in cities and focus on concrete ways to address it. Cities and metropolitan areas are major generators of economic opportunity. Between 2000 and 2013, almost 60 percent of jobs created

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Why Good Hackers Make Good Citizens

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. This week’s talk focuses on inspiring civic-minded hacker projects, and is presented by Catherine Bracy, the director of community organizing at Code for America. Hacking is

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