Nearly 12 million people are sent to local jails every year – and 75 percent of those in jail are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses such as traffic, property or public order violations. The number of people currently incarcerated in the United States is equal to the combined populations of Los Angeles and New York City.
Author: Emily Pickren
Mayors and community leaders alike recognize that a high quality education system spurs economic development, reduces crime and lifts families out of poverty. NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. has made education a priority. Photo credit: chriscoleman.org. Over the last decade, educators and stakeholders in cities across the country have been engaged
Calling all participants in the social innovation economy! If you’re a local government interested in social innovation finance or social impact bonds, check out this new opportunity to make impactful social interventions that produce results for communities in need. Through its Social Innovation Fund, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $1.9
This post was written by Signe Anderson and Kate Sims of the Food Research and Action Center. Each year, when school comes to a close, millions of low-income children lose access to the school meals they rely on during the academic year. However, last summer marked the first significant increase in the number of
This post was written by the Honorable Alvin Brown, Mayor, Jacksonville, Florida. It originally appeared on the GradNation blog. As mayor of Jacksonville, I recognize the importance of education to the success and vitality of a city. By equipping students with the skills they need to achieve their fullest potential, we ensure our city has
This post was written by Tonja Rucker, Principal Associate for Early Childhood at NLC. The post also appears on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s blog. Historically, education and human service systems have developed independently from each other despite sharing a common purpose. Insufficient communication and coordination among systems and programs for young children can make
In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the third post in this series, written by Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN and Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, TN. We’re moving in Knoxville,
In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the second post in this series, and was written by L. Dennis Michael, the Mayor of the City of Rancho Cucamonga, California. As a Let’s Move!
In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the first post in this series, and was written by Dr. Alan B. Coleman. Dr. Coleman is a Councilmember for the City of Beaumont, Texas. The
This post was written by Hilari Varnadore, executive director of STAR Communities. NLC is a core partner of the STAR Community Rating System. Today STAR Communities announced that the City of Tacoma, WA has received a 4-STAR Community Rating in the STAR Community Rating System. They also have the distinct honor of becoming the first