Author: Paul Konz

How One Small City Makes a Big Impact on Resource Management

This is a guest post by Eric West. For Small Cities Month, NLC asked its member cities what they were most proud of. The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is proud of its heritage as the oldest capital city in North America; it was established by Europeans thirteen years prior to the settlement of

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6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie. This week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to fix our nation’s ailing roads, bridges, schools and water systems in their version of “Infrastructure Week.” Building off the $200 billion in federal investment included in President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget, ideas such

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8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact of the arts in their community. This is a guest post by Jay Dick. The arts and culture

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6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement

The city’s Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents. This is a guest post by Linda Harris. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the

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On Climate, Local Action Trumps National Rhetoric

This post was co-authored by Christiana McFarland and Trevor Langan. It originally appeared on Route 50. Read the full article here. While President Trump sent a signal that the United States is unwilling to lead in the fight against climate change, it’s local governments that have committed to action. By abandoning the historic Paris climate

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It’s Small Cities Month at NLC. Here’s Why We’re Celebrating.

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Let’s face it, big cities get a lot of attention. Nationwide, we hear about the accomplishments and innovations of the nation’s biggest cities every day. Yet small city leaders face many of the same problems that their larger counterpoints do, and often find success despite serious budget constraints. Whatever the issue, small cities have a

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Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are underfunded. This is a guest post by Mayor Jim Kenney. This past month, Philadelphia had the honor of hosting the National League of

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The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments. This is a guest post by Ulrik Binzer. Short-term rentals are no longer just a vacation destination issue The dramatic rise of Airbnb and

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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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