Author: Local Leader Voices

Local Broadband Wins in the House Moving Forward Act

Through NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign, local leaders are asking Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package that steps up federal support for transportation, water, broadband, workforce, and more. On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), which makes significant investments to support cities’ infrastructure requests, but Senate action will be needed. This is

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Three Measures in the House’s Infrastructure Package Most Fiscally Important to Cities and Towns

Through NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign, local leaders are asking Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package that steps up federal support for transportation, water, broadband, workforce, and more. On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), which makes significant investments to support cities’ infrastructure requests, but Senate action will be needed. This is

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Local Workforce Wins in the House Moving Forward Act

The Rebuild With Us campaign calls on Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, and on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2). This is the third installment in a local leader blog series from NLC’s Federal Advocacy committee chairs that will showcase wins for cities, towns and villages as we continue

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Energy and Environment Programs See Boost Under Moving Forward Proposal

The Rebuild With Us campaign called on Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, and on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2). This is the second installment in a local leader blog series from NLC’s Federal Advocacy committee chairs that will showcase wins for cities, towns and villages as we

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Local Transportation Wins in House Moving Forward Act

The Rebuild With Us campaign called on Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, and on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2). This is the first installment in a local leader blog series from NLC’s Federal Advocacy committee chairs that will showcase wins for cities, towns and villages as we

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Cities Must Continue to Lead with Urgency

When I was officially elected President of the National League of Cities at City Summit in November, I spoke to you and my fellow local leaders about my presidential platform: Leading with Urgency. The foundation for my vision for cities, towns and villages this year was meant to drive our communities forward on key areas, including infrastructure, housing instability, and partnerships between levels of government. 

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On The Use of Force by Municipal Law Enforcement Officers

On Thursday, June 18, the National League of Cities (NLC) took emergency action and its board of directors unanimously passed a Resolution on the Use of Force by Municipal Law Enforcement Officers.   Local elected leaders have the primary responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of their residents. And right now, for the sake of all of America’s residents, cities, towns and villages across the

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Local Leaders Charting a Path for Equity

Thank you for your leadership during these challenging and uncertain times. Many of you have been at the forefront of your community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for the past few months. In the midst of this public health pandemic, many of our cities were reminded of the deep inequities that exist in our democracy.

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Creating More Space for Safe Active Transportation and Outdoor Activity During COVID-19 and Beyond

By Patrick Wojahn As I speak with my neighbors in College Park and other trail users around the country, it’s clear how COVID-19 has changed the shape of our lives. It’s changed how we govern, how we work, how our kids learn, how we exercise and how we get from place to place. And for

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Lexington, South Carolina is Essential – and Your Community is Too

I’ve known that my town is essential for a long time – long before COVID-19 and the current crisis we’re facing as a nation. I knew before I was elected to Lexington Town Council in 2004. I knew before I joined the National League of Cities, first as a representative of my community, and now

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