Author: James Brooks

Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Through new approaches, community outreach and education, and even legal action, municipal governments are continuing to lead the most comprehensive efforts to date in the battle against widespread opioid addiction. The increasing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the scene of a drug overdose is putting the lives of first responders at great risk.

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Why You Should Start Planning “Fair Saturday” in Your City

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and boosts local economic development. Summer in cities is marked by community gatherings, farmers’ markets and a buzz of outdoor activities. In many places,

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The Opioid Epidemic: How Cities Are Fighting Back

The most notable success was achieved thanks to a considerable push from city and county leaders during the last days of the Congressional session. Opioid overdoses and deaths continue to be the leading cause of accidental death in America. However, city leaders can take some comfort that 2016 closes with several significant successes that should

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Prince’s Death Adds to Opioid Epidemic’s Devastating Toll. Cities Are Determined to Fight Back.

For years, modern medicine has treated patients’ pain with a type of medication that has ultimately proven to establish and drive addiction. Reports have confirmed that world-famous artist Prince died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl. Like many people, Prince lived with physical pain for a considerable amount of time, and – despite his immense talent,

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7 Tools to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

On April 27, a variety of experts in the public health field provided testimony to the National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic, which brought together city and county leaders on this issue. Here are the tools they presented to local leaders. In the U.S., we have reduced the number of smokers, the number

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3 Innovative Ways Cities Can Curb Overdose Deaths

New strategies can empower city leaders to not only coordinate actions across multiple levels of government but stem the tide of addiction and substance abuse that is growing in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Responding to record increases in prescription drug and heroin overdoses across America, the U.S. Communities Alliance made medications that can stop

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How the City of Newark is Leading in Historic Preservation

The city of Newark, New Jersey, has a strategy for historic preservation, multi-sector partnership, and the creation of new residential mixed-use development in the heart of downtown. Newark is demonstrating that, while simple economic arithmetic may dictate demolition and abandonment when it comes to older downtown structures, those willing to see beyond the next fiscal

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How Jackson Hole Became a Model of Successful Growth

NLC’s James Brooks visits the outdoor mecca of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and uncovers the risks and promise of successful place making. The streets of Jackson, Wyo., with ski slopes in the background. (WitGorski/Getty Images) Jackson, Wyo., is an excellent example of successful place making. Blessed with supreme natural beauty, the town of Jackson and surrounding

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