Month: July 2016

Mayors Say America’s Infrastructure Needs an Upgrade

In addition to facing the deteriorating state of America’s existing infrastructure, city leaders are faced with the added complexity of investing in new, smarter infrastructure that can support and augment a 21st century economy. The Challenge The United States’ infrastructure is in deplorable condition. Several factors — including a significant decline in federal investment, less

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State of the City Speeches Reveal Push for Inclusive Economic Development

This year’s National League of Cities analysis of State of the City speeches reaffirms that mayors are optimistic about the growth of their local economies, and also that cities are developing economic development agendas to ensure this prosperity is widespread. It makes sense that mayors are feeling positive about the state of their cities. Municipal

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3 Ways Cities Can Navigate the ‘Silver Tsunami’

Cities are now five years into a demographic change that will impact nearly every family in America from now until well beyond 2030. In the face of this change, how can city leaders meet the challenge of connecting available resources to the elderly? The so-called ‘silver tsunami’ has become a relatively well-known form of shorthand

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5 Lessons You Can Steal to Crowdsource Creativity in Your City

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, former Councilmember Scott Meyer gives a fascinating talk about cultivating a welcoming, inspiring and forward-thinking community, and shares tools and resources that have

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This Week in Urban Affairs: Autonomous Car Guidelines, Body Cameras, & Highway Protests

Our new weekly roundup of the latest reading materials filtered through an urban affairs lens. Affordable Housing & Homelessness Next City: Should Seattle Be Building Tent Cities for the Homeless? July 11 The city of Seattle has sanctioned five homeless encampments, and directly funds three of them, as part of its policy to deal with

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How the City of Fort Collins is Making Community Resiliency a Reality

“Our city’s leaders believe that assessing and improving resilience offers assurance to our citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders that our community will be stronger and a better place to live.” This is a guest post by Fort Collins, Colorado, Mayor Pro Tem Gerry Horak. Fort Collins has learned some valuable lessons about resilience owing to

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How This Mayor Improved Traffic Congestion Problems in His City

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, Mayor Clint Folsom shares how a revolution in transportation infrastructure, a diverging-diamond interchange, reduced traffic and accidents along a busy highway in Colorado.

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Los Angeles, Caltrans Team Up to Provide Job Opportunities for City’s Former Inmates

A new agreement in California shows how cities can improve public safety and help communities by supporting people returning from detention in jail. This is a guest post by Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino. This post is part of a series that previously featured Charlottesville, Virginia, Councilmember Kristin Szakos during National Reentry Week in April.

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