Month: November 2016

The First Amendment is Not the Last Word at Public Meetings

Managing public comments at city council meetings isn’t easy. Review this framework to be prepared for disruptions. This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane. In this country today, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our civil liberty. The freedoms that it lists are crucial to our society. When

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HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Helps End Youth Homelessness

Across the country, local, state and national initiatives are working to end youth homelessness, and many recognize the essential role of law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies in these efforts.  City leaders and juvenile justice agencies should join conversations with their local Continuum of Care collaborative agencies now in advance of upcoming federal grant opportunities

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Highlights from the 2016 City Summit: Leadership & Professional Development

A quick look at some of the sessions, workshops & seminars held at last week’s national conference that helped attendees further their skills as city leaders. Workshops, Sessions & Panels Mayors’ Education Task Force – This task force came together on Friday to identify educational priorities that can be lifted up and shared with the

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Building Trust Between Police and the Communities They Serve

This resource, presented to city leaders at NLC’s City Summit in Pittsburgh, offers a wealth of information to help municipal officials build stronger police-community relationships. This is a guest post by Jack Calhoun. Municipal leaders can choose what kind of policing they will seek to provide to their constituents. In recent years, more have been

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A Prescription for Action: Ending the Opioid Crisis

A new report on the opioid epidemic issued today by the National League of Cities (NLC) and National Association of Counties (NACo) brings the knowledge and experience of city and county leaders to peers in local government and to partners at the state and federal levels. Incidents of prescription drug and heroin overdoses and deaths

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Pittsburgh Welcomes City Summit Attendees

In this guest post, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto personally welcomes city leaders to NLC’s 2016 City Summit. On behalf of the City of Pittsburgh, I am deeply honored to welcome you to America’s “Most Livable City.” We are delighted that the National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Pittsburgh as the host city for its

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First Lady Urges Local Leaders to Maintain Their Commitment to Mayors Challenge

Yesterday, formerly homeless veterans shared stories of their time on the streets and the life-changing moments that resulted in them now having a home. These women and men represent only a few of the more than 350,000 veterans and families who have been housed as a result of efforts in communities across the country. Nationally,

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5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2016 City Summit

NLC brings the City Summit, the nation’s premier conference for city leaders, to Pittsburgh this week. Here are just a few highlights. The City Summit, hosted this year by Mayor William Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh, is the National League of Cities’ largest annual event and the nation’s premier gathering of city leaders. The

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