Author: Paul Konz

Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?

This post was co-authored by Nicole DuPuis and Erich Zimmermann. Much of the conversation about self-driving cars used to swirl around the anxious notion that they are coming and that their unprecedented technology promises chaos for unprepared roads. Now we can say definitively that they are here — and this reality is something that cities

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Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Importance of Broadband to Cities

Broadband access and adoption help promote economic development and social equity while promoting public health, public safety and educational opportunities for Americans around the country. This is a guest post by Vice Mayor David Luna. In a city as big as Mesa, Arizona, with half a million residents and growing, it’s important to stay ahead

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Let’s Be Frank, Municipal Bonds Built This Country

From the construction of schools and hospitals to water treatment facilities and roads, municipal bonds provide the means for more than 42,000 state and local governments to finance infrastructure projects. This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone. They’re not as exciting as autonomous vehicles, they don’t carry the glamour

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Now Is the Time to Act on Infrastructure

The 115th Congress has the opportunity to leverage unprecedented public and bipartisan support to address our nation’s infrastructure challenges, and we will have a pivotal opportunity in the coming year to turn the tide. This is a guest post by Rep. Garret Graves. America’s infrastructure was recently reviewed by the American Society of Civil Engineers,

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Aging Infrastructure Stalls Greatness

Local governments need a federal commitment and partner to improve our water, transportation and broadband systems. America cannot continue to be great without world-class infrastructure. This is a guest post by Mayor Sal Panto. The nation’s local leaders know that our nation’s infrastructure has never been a partisan issue. Today, with ailing infrastructure and a

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Cities Are Leading on Infrastructure. Now Congress Needs to Catch Up.

To improve our nation’s infrastructure, cities need the freedom to explore innovative financing tools — but they also need a renewed commitment from their partners at the state and federal levels of government. This is a guest post by Councilmember James McDonald. As federal and state funding for infrastructure has become less predictable, the stress

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Can Tech and Government Get Along?

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As Tim Woodbury explains, government can take a lesson out of Silicon Valley’s playbook. This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury. It

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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

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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

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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

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