Author: Local Leader Voices

Take Action on the 2020 Cities Agenda

With the 2020 election just around the corner, it is more important than ever to ensure cities, towns, and villages have a place at the table. In a time of deepening partisanship, for local voices to be heard and community issues to be amplified, NLC is proud to announce the latest resource of our Leading

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How Tax Season Pays off for Both Dayton, Ohio and Its Residents

The importance of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) cannot be understated when it comes to poor and/or urban communities that sometimes find themselves to be financially challenged. The EITC is a refundable tax credit for working individuals and families who earns $54,000 or less a year. Tax season is always challenging whether you make $1

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How Boston Helped Residents Get Bigger Tax Returns

Cities must be at the forefront of providing financial empowerment and tax equity strategies that include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and credit building at tax time. Using information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to educate low and moderate-income taxpayers on the benefits of filing their tax returns while maximizing tax time for credit

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Why Cities Need to Lead With Urgency

Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles, currently serves as the president of the National League of Cities. The thing that makes me most proud today is that 45 years ago as my mother was bringing me home from the hospital after giving birth, Los Angeles’ legendary Mayor Tom Bradley was taking the helm as president of

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Reducing Jail Use in Birmingham, Alabama

I have advocated for many years that municipal courts are an untapped leader in developing reforms that can measurably reduce local jail populations. The jails are currently filled with citizens who quite simply would be better served without the use of confinement. In November 2017, NLC selected the City of Birmingham, Alabama as one of

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Leading Together: Putting Cities Front and Center in the Campaign for President

Cities are integral to the fabric of America. And with voters going to the polls for the 2020 presidential election in just about a year, our communities must be heard and the opportunities and challenges before us have to be amplified in the race for the White House. At a moment of deepening partisanship, we’re

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Advancing Health Equity Across Systems in Your City

As part of Grand Rapids’ participation in the Cities of Opportunity pilot, an initiative to advance cross-sector health equity work, the city added health and environment as a new strategic priority. The National League of Cities (NLC) spoke with Becky Jo Glover, chief customer service and innovation officer for the City of Grand Rapids, and

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Modernizing Fremont Boulevard to Be Smart and Safe

Fremont Boulevard is one of the city’s most well-traveled corridors. It is a livewire of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle travel. And it experiences serious issues with excessive speeds, collisions and fatalities. In 2015, The Fremont Vision Zero Status Report and Action Plan reported that 50% of the city’s fatalities occurred on segments of Fremont Boulevard.

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In DC, Building Bridges for Equitable Economic Growth

This is a guest blog by D.C. Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian and Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz. The 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.—a planned repurposing of the retired 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River between the East of the River neighborhoods and Capitol Hill into a vibrant city park—will connect

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