Month: April 2017

8 Things NLC Has Accomplished in Trump’s First 100 Days

Here at the National League of Cities (NLC), we’ve been busy these first 100 days of the Trump administration. While everyone is grading the administration and discussing the president’s performance, we’ve decided to take a look back at our advocacy efforts to amplify city voices to the administration and Congress. Here’s a breakdown of what

Continue reading

Tax Reform: Growing the Economy Starts with Cities

This week, the Trump Administration released its tax reform plan, billed as “the biggest tax cut and largest tax reform in our history.” If fully implemented, the plan would have lasting impacts on every sector of American life, including cities. The National League of Cities (NLC) recognizes the need for comprehensive tax reform. Since the

Continue reading

Councilmember Jermaine Reed Testifies on Unfunded Mandates in Washington

On Wednesday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member and Kansas City, Missouri, Councilmember Jermaine Reed testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs. Appearing on behalf of NLC, Reed described how unfunded mandates place burdens on local governments and communities. In his testimony, Councilmember Reed provided

Continue reading

How Law Enforcement and the Faith Community Can Work Together for Cities

This is a guest post by Jack Calhoun. Throughout American history, the faith community has played a seminal role in setting our nation’s value base, informing fundamental constitutional beliefs, providing basic services — especially in the medical and educational arenas — and leading seismic social changes including the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and the

Continue reading

What’s Next for Trump’s Blocked Sanctuary Cities Order?

Judge William Orrick issued an injunction blocking enforcement of Trump’s sanctuary cities executive order. Following proposals to shut down the government over federal payments to sanctuary cities, what can cities expect to happen in the near future? A federal district court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump administration from enforcing the sanctuary

Continue reading

Equity and Economic Development Must Go Hand in Hand

Traditional approaches don’t always work. Cities need to be intentional about targeting their economic development programs at the people and communities that are increasingly distant from the growth sectors of their local and regional economies. This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone. It was first published in the 25th

Continue reading

Why City Leaders Should Attend the Smart Cities NYC ’17 Conference

With partners such as Vice Media and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, the Smart Cities NYC ’17 conference will convene thought leaders from around the world to advance ideas about innovation, infrastructure and inclusion, with a focus on technology for social good, sustainability, resilience and equity. This is a guest

Continue reading

Can Your City Stand to Lose Afterschool Funding?

The president’s budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion cut to school programs that will impact more than 1,600,000 children and their families. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don’t let Congress leave America’s cities behind

Continue reading

Beyond Buzzwords: How West Palm Beach Is Creating a Lasting Resiliency Strategy

As part of NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience Program, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, conducted a STAR Communities workshop aimed at identifying and prioritizing actions to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in the community. This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Lacey Shaver.

Continue reading

How Cities Can Acquire Free Land to House and Serve Homeless People

This webinar on April 25 will discuss the release of a toolkit with information about how to identify and successfully apply for vacant federal properties that can be used to help the homeless in your city. Cities across the country are struggling with rising housing costs and shrinking federal supports, leaving millions of people homeless

Continue reading