Author: NLC Staff

The Sharing Economy is Evolving in Cities

In June of 2015, the National League of Cities (NLC) released the first national quantitative survey of local elected officials’ viewpoints on the sharing economy. The report, City Survey on the Sharing Economy: Shifting Perceptions of Collaborative Consumption, assessed the ways in which local elected officials were thinking about, responding to and regulating the sharing economy.

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Strategies for Recruiting a 21st Century Workforce

This is a guest post by Steve Vermette, vice president of brokerage at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. Budget cutbacks, an aging workforce nearing retirement and the need for a deeper pool of talent are creating a perfect storm for governments looking to recruit skilled workers — and keep them long term. Public sector employers are

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How Will Amazon Choose its Second Headquarters?

Last week, Amazon accepted final bids in the host city competition for its second headquarters. Over 200 cities applied across North America, with pitches that ranged from exhaustive to persuasive to seemingly stunt-based. With the bidding period closed, the ball is now in Amazon’s court. But how will the tech giant choose a winner? For

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Cities Can Tackle Hunger and Food Waste Through Collaboration

This is a guest post by NLC Board Member Priscilla Tyson, council president pro tempore, Columbus, Ohio. In this day and age, everyone should have access to healthy food. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. Nearly one-in-five children in my city of Columbus, Ohio, is food insecure. This mirrors statistics

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How Out of Home Media Drives Public-Private Partnerships

This is a guest post by Jason King, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. Whether it’s providing critical information during a natural disaster or promoting an important local cause, outdoor advertising is a vital tool that local communities use to enrich and improve people’s lives. Now, a growing number of localities are using

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Seizing the Moment to Lead on Climate

This is a guest post by Daniel Barry, Director of ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities Program. It originally appeared on ecoAmerica.org.  Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When it comes to planning and action around climate change, though, we need to flip his advice: If

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What Should City Leaders Do About Healthcare?

This is the second piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country. Find the first installment here. The National League of Cities (NLC) was recently back on the road — this time to discuss healthcare. Williamsburg, Virginia, home to

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Four Key Steps for Effective Pay-for-Success City Programs

This is a guest post by Meg Massey, Outreach & Communications Manager for the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Initiative. On any given night in Santa Clara County, California, thousands of people experience homelessness. Homelessness is expensive for Santa Clara, costing emergency room visits, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice resources — not to

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How AARP Helps City Leaders Build Communities for All Ages

This is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond of AARP. In the above photo, hackers and community members collaborate during the City of Seattle’s “City for All” technology hackathon. (Credit: Michael B. Maine) In his address at Harvard University’s 2017 commencement ceremony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Change starts local. Even global changes start small

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NLC Equity, Education and Employment Summer Road Trip Corpus Christi: Making Coastal Connections

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our fourth stop, we discover how the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas, is making local and regional connections to meet its almost $50 billion industry demand.   This post was

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