Month: January 2017

How Six Cities Are Pursuing Equity and Innovation in Economic Development

The participants in NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship are tackling unemployment, low income levels, and workforce-related issues in their communities – but each city is employing different tactics. The need for equitable economic development programs is dire. The National League of Cities‘ (NLC) new president, Matt Zone, councilmember from Cleveland, Ohio, launched a new

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Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature

“Imagine a city known for excellent environmental education because its parks are natural classroom. As a city, we are creating greater access to nature for all of our younger residents.” -Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss In November, seven Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) sites began implementing strategies for connecting children to nature more

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Meet Your City Human Development Advocate

“Policy in the human development sphere is all about improving quality of life.” With a new administration and a new Congress, the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Federal Advocacy team will be busy raising the voices of cities throughout 2017. As part of our initiative, we wanted to introduce you all to our Federal Advocacy

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The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities

An attempt to shift the federal responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws to local governments is an unfunded mandate that diverts critical resources from local government programs. This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Aileen Carr. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the

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Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding

The State and Local Legal Center’s Lisa Soronen discusses a few possible legal theories cities may rely on if they sue the federal government in the wake of President Trump’s most recent executive order. On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities who do not cooperate with

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Forecasting the Future of Cities Under President Trump

Campaign rhetoric can give us insight into a politician’s perspective, even after they take office. This is a guest post by Dr. Michael Pagano. The 2016 presidential campaign rhetoric was laced with mischaracterizations of cities, even as we have come to understand the importance of cities and metro regions as the nation’s key economic drivers

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Executive Orders 101

Can President Trump cancel President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders? Former President Barack Obama, like most of the presidents that recently preceded him, issued about 300 executive orders. While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to cancel President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders, and during his first days in office, President Trump has signed a

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An Inside Look at How Cities Win Investment Projects

When a company chooses a location for a major relocation or expansion, the details behind the decision aren’t often divulged in the media. This new podcast gives listeners an inside look at the site selection process, and the stories behind how the location was selected and what it took to close the deal. This is

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Urban Parks Transcend National Politics

The benefits of public green spaces within, or accessible to, urban areas are much greater than are often immediately understood. Here’s how cities stand to gain from increasing access to parks. This is a guest post by Jaime B. Matyas. As the nation seeks to unite after a contentious presidential election, areas of shared commitment

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Protecting the Inauguration Requires the Nation’s Cities to Come Together

An inauguration requires an incredible amount of law enforcement officers to keep spectators and protesters safe. Such a feat is only accomplished with the help of local police officers from around the country. Thousands of Americans convene in Washington every four years to witness and celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one president to

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