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
Month: July 2016
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
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
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
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
In response to the tragic events that occurred recently in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, NLC hosted a webinar to help cities deal with the challenges of race and equity in their communities – and commit to solutions. The webinar shares ideas for city responses, highlights what’s working in several cities, and offers tools
As I start a new career as a preschool teacher here in Washington, D.C., I leave the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families with a unique set of skills I’ll be able to utilize in my classroom and beyond. Although my background is in early childhood education, the National League of Cities (NLC) has
“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
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.
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.