Author: Meridith St. Jean

Lessons in Leadership From Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, mid-April means bright sunshine and hot afternoons. This year, it also means recovery. We met Amelia on a tour through Utuado, a mid-sized city located in the central mountainous region of the island. Standing in her sister’s backyard, surrounded by fallen debris and an overturned chicken coup, she held a machete in

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How Six Cities Promote Diversity and Inclusion for Residents

Around the country, cities large and small are finding innovative ways to weave together every strand of their community, so that every resident has a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity.

Lonely in Pennsylvania: Why More Women Should Run

Across the country, women knit together the fabric of our communities. As residents, business entrepreneur and, of course, as local officials, women lead by action and example. At the National League of Cities, we’re proud of the women who have answered the call of service and taken office. NLC celebrates them this month by sharing their

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5 Things We Learned at the Congressional City Conference

This week, more than 2,300 city leaders and delegates from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia convened in Washington to deliver a simple message to Congress and the Trump Administration: Rebuild With Us and fix America’s infrastructure. For four days starting March 10, delegates to the Congressional City Conference shared solutions to common

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How Joyce Sheperd Celebrates Women’s History Month

For Atlanta Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, Women’s History Month isn’t just an opportunity to reflect. As councilmember for southeastern Atlanta’s District 12, Sheperd sees amazing leadership in action every day. That’s why she treats every March as both a celebration of past pioneers, and an opportunity to look forward and pass that legacy on. In this

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The Case for Opioid Prevention and Education Efforts to Save America’s Youth

This is a guest post by Sean Ferns, chief of Community Outreach at the Drug Enforcement Administration. No community has been immune from America’s opioid epidemic. Many people know someone that has battled addiction to prescription opioids or heroin. With 11 million Americans ages 12 and older reporting misuse of prescription opioids in the past year,

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Putting A Face on The Opioid Epidemic

This is a guest post from Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. At City Summit 2017 in Charlotte, N.C., the National League of Cities presented Esri, a leader in geographic information systems (GIS), with a Service to Cities Award for their work on “mapping the opioid epidemic.” Early in my career, I learned

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How To Apply For the City Cultural Diversity Awards

The National League of Cities recognizes and celebrates the growing diversity of America’s communities and believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of all cities and towns across the nation. As a result, the National League of Cities, in partnership with the National Black Caucus Local Elected Leaders (NBC-LEO), established the City Cultural Diversity

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America’s Next Great Workforce Begins with Afterschool

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. This week, the National League of Cities (NLC) is convening a symposium of mayors and corporate leaders to discuss and share their perspective on the workforce skills (that have been referred to as “soft skills” or social and emotional skills) gap —

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NLC Elected a New President Today. Here’s What He Had to Say.

Today at City Summit 2017, new NLC President Mark Stodola delivered an introductory address on his priorities and what he hopes to accomplish for America’s cities. That speech is reprinted here with minor edits. We have come to Charlotte from across America, all fifty states, for one reason: to make our cities stronger. We’re here

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