Month: June 2016

Five Things Cities Can Do to Make the Sharing Economy Work for Everyone

As the source of pilot programs and experimentation, cities are well positioned to leverage new technology and innovative business models to ensure that the sharing economy is truly inclusive. This is a guest post by Serena Lei. The post originally appeared here. The sharing economy holds promise for poor and disadvantaged communities — offering jobs

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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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The National League of Cities Just Rolled Out a New Logo and Tag Line. Here’s Why.

Today marks the launch of NLC’s new logo and slogan. Here are five reasons why we’re making the change. NLC’s New Logo NLC’s Previous Logo To reflect cities of all sizes The circles and buildings in the old logo suggested that the National League of Cities was only for large cities. But more than half

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Lauderdale Lakes: A Story of Economic Revival

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we’ll be featuring a new video focused on cities, community issues or local government. In this week’s edition, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, Acting City Manager Danny Holmes shares big ideas about how economic development in his rapidly growing city can be replicated

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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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Does the Jail in Your City Contribute to Mass Incarceration?

Criminal justice data tools can help city leaders answer this question. Here’s how to access and use those tools. The past two decades’ rapid rise in jail populations has come at great short- and long-term expense to cities, along with mixed effects at best in terms of public safety. City leaders, often joining forces with

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