Author: Meridith St. Jean

Inside The Giant Pumpkin Regatta of Tualatin, Oregon

“If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin, let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy.” That’s how the City of Tualatin, Oregon describes the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. The statement captures the

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Moving Forward on Charlottesville

This is a guest post by Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy of Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s been a tough month for the city of Charlottesville. As Vice Mayor, as the only African American on the city council and as a person, I know that it will take Charlottesville — and the rest of the country — time

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Celebrating Women in Local Government

20.4 percent. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, that’s how many women mayors lead in cities with populations of 100,000 and above. Here’s another statistic: in U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 and above, the percentage of women mayors grows slightly to 20.8. And in America’s top 100 largest cities — you

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Great Opportunity: NLC Board of Directors and Leadership Positions — Applications Now Open

Leadership makes a difference, and city leaders know that better than anyone. The impact that municipal officials have on their residents — the policies they implement, the decisions they make — will have consequences for the next generations and for the future of their community. Similarly, the impact that city leaders can have on the

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How One City is Offering Children of All Abilities the Chance to Play

The NLC Service Line Warranty Program is proud to work with and showcase cities who show dedication to inclusive values. The City of Orem has partnered with the NLC Service Line Warranty Program to offer homeowners optional warranties for their water and sewer service lines since 2016. The All-Together playground in Orem, UT is Utah County’s

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10 Tips for Understanding Grants

Applying for a grant—be it federal, state or private—can be a difficult, time consuming process. NLC Grant Access will streamline the process. As an NLC member, you have an entire database dedicated to helping your municipality fund crucial initiatives. Find a grant that fits your city’s next venture, like: building a library, investing in public infrastructure

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3 Reasons To Get To Birmingham for the NBC-LEO Conference

Every year, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) brings together city leaders from across the country to build leadership skills and create close connections with fellow local elected leaders. Here are three crucial reasons why you’ve got to make it to Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama to attend this year’s event: Learn and

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Infrastructure, Equity and Leadership: Takeaways From the Inaugural City Council Presidents Convening

“We created this convening because we wanted to inspire each other,” said NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “Looking around the room, I’m confident that we did.” Melissa Mark-Vivitero, speaker of the New York City Council, opened up the inaugural City Council Presidents, Speakers and Chairpersons convening in New York City on April 28 with

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A New President. A New Congress. Why You Need to Make it to CCC This Year.

Washington is a-changin’. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, 2017 will usher in major changes in Washington with a new President, new Administration, and new Congress. Hear from and meet members of the new Administration and better understand the priorities for the President’s first 100 days in office, especially from

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