Author: Paul Konz

Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here’s How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.

When it comes to reengaging disconnected youth with education and employment, three cities are reaching the same ambitious goals via different routes. This post was written by Christie Joesbury. As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” To create a roadmap and plot a clear course,

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Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie. City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax code: the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare,

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Hope Is a Vineyard

All cities have blighted neighborhoods with potential that simply need a little sun and water to grow, and it’s micro-level community efforts that constitute that nourishment. Guest author Jack Calhoun shares an inspiring story from the streets of Baltimore that illustrates the power of hope in creating change in our communities. This is a guest

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How Cities Can Start Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting is a process that allows community members to decide how to spend part of a public budget. Guest author Ginny Browne explains how the city of Seattle incorporated the process and provides a toolkit for local leaders to follow suit. This is a guest post by Ginny Browne. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a better

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How One Small City Is Making Big Moves in Resilience Planning

NLC recently joined a community forum on hazard adaptation and mitigation in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, where federal, state and local agencies were working together to take action on climate change. Here’s what we learned. This post was co-authored by Shafaq Choudry and Meri St. Jean. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration made headlines

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All Transportation Is Local

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising. This is a guest post by Hayley Richardson. Despite the importance of transportation to their constituents, many local elected officials feel there’s

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Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity

Our annual analysis of mayoral State of the City addresses shows that cities are increasingly focusing on workforce and small business development through an equity lens. Here’s how several mayors from around the country are making equity a priority. This post was co-authored by Emily Robbins and Dana D’Orazio. The recent release of NLC’s 2017

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How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a critical means of connecting with the public as well. This is a guest post by Sarah Williamson-Baker and Sarah Gaskill. Every

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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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