Author: Clarence Anthony

Infinite Hope (and Action!) for 2020

I never imagined I’d see the year 2020. When I thought about it – even just a few years ago – I envisioned flying cars and space travel. I foresaw a world where our society’s most basic needs – shelter and safety – would be met. I presumed the tenants of local democracy would win

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A New Agenda For America’s Cities

Today, our nation’s cities, towns and villages commit to Leading Together. On the main stage at the National League of Cities’ City Summit Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California unveiled the ‘Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda,’ a platform, plan and partnership for the 2020 presidential election and beyond. This

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Three Commitments for Local Leaders in 2019

As we begin 2019 and lay out plans for our communities, it is equally important to take time to set personal intentions for the new year. Here are three commitments that I hope every local leader can make in 2019. Put yourself (and your family and friends) at the top of your priority list There’s

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Building a Well-Managed Local Government: The Value of What Works Cities Certification

Cities face a range of issues these days – from public transportation and infrastructure to housing affordability and environmental concerns. Each has a direct impact on improving the quality of life of residents, which is exactly what our goal as civic leaders should be. That’s why the National League of Cities (NLC) and Results for

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Get Out of Your Lane: How Transportation Leaders Can Shape the Road Ahead

On November 28, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony spoke to 250 transportation executives at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Industry Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Excerpts from his remarks are included below. Transportation is much more than just a set of systems — it’s what connects citizens

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5 Things Cities Can Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

Elected officials rarely get the chance to pause and reflect. For many of us, elected office is a second—or third—job, and there is always another project to complete, another problem that must be solved, or a council meeting to attend. The truth is—most of us like it that way. As local leaders, it’s in our

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Preparing for the 2020 Census

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released Preparing for the 2020 Census, a new municipal action guide that will help cities navigate the upcoming census. Visit NLC.org/census to find the full guide. Even before the U.S. Constitution outlines the powers of the three branches of the government, it mandates a decennial count of all

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Labor Day Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain, and the Embodiment of Respect

As summer winds to its unofficial close and we take a moment to celebrate the social and economic achievements of U.S. workers, it’s remarkably appropriate that we’re simultaneously celebrating the labor and legacy of two American icons. One, the Queen of Soul and the voice of a generation. The other, a war hero and dedicated

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NLC Cities of Opportunity Pilot Promotes ‘Healthy People, Thriving Communities’

On any given day, city leaders confront a challenging array of issues. From the lack of affordable, stable housing for city residents to the need for reliable transportation and greater access to good-paying, high-quality jobs, mayors and city councilmembers have no shortage of pressing items on their list of priorities. These to-do lists reflect in

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Together

The opioid epidemic in the United States is inescapable. It doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, gender or income — it exists everywhere, and it impacts everyone. From all-too-regular 9-1-1 calls to climbing death tolls and families torn apart by tragedy, the addiction epidemic is front and center in American life, and it’s gripping cities,

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