Author: NLC Staff

Building a Culture of Health Through Authentic Engagement

This is a guest post by Eva Marie Stahl and Bridget Clementi. As a national consumer health advocacy organization, Community Catalyst is in the business of community and consumer engagement. Consumers need to have a say in their health and health care – and with good reason. People who engage in health care decision making are

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Five Practices to Help Cities Green their Purchasing

This is a guest post by Arizona State University’s Nicole Darnall, Justin M. Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh and Won No. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, city leaders are demonstrating environmental leadership across America. More than 367 U.S. mayors in 44 states have committed to reduce their greenhouse gases

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“We Stand with Charlottesville”: 25 City Leaders and National Experts Come Together

More than 20 city leaders participated on a conference call last week to share their experiences and to express their commitment to stand against hate and bigotry. These local elected officials were joined by national experts, who provided helpful insights and resources. We Stand with Charlottesville Councilmember Kristin Szakos from the city of Charlottesville described

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What Crossing the Mexican Border Taught Me About Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Councilmember Fabian Bedne of Nashville, Tennessee. When I first came to Nashville, I found a city that was welcoming, kind, and full of potential.

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5 Important Lessons From Women and Minority Business Owners

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield. In 2002, there were fewer than one million businesses owned by women of color in America. Let that sink in.

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6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This guest post by Linda Harris originally ran on June 8, 2017. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do

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How Miami Helps Residents Afford Quality Health Care

In 2016, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reported that spending on prescription drugs in the United States rose 12% from 2015 rates. While the future of healthcare remains uncertain at the federal level, city leaders must continue to provide their residents with access to the resources they need. Last week, the City of Miami,

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Let’s Be Frank, Municipal Bonds Built This Country

From the construction of schools and hospitals to water treatment facilities and roads, municipal bonds provide the means for more than 42,000 state and local governments to finance infrastructure projects. This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone. They’re not as exciting as autonomous vehicles, they don’t carry the glamour

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How Cities Can Prepare for the New OPEB Accounting Requirements

This is a guest post by Les Richmond, pension actuary for Build America Mutual. The new Government Accounting Standards Board changes described in this posting have implications for all cities. Here are some suggestions for cities that offer retiree healthcare benefits and sponsor those benefits themselves. Beginning in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018,

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We Can Help Your Residents Repair Service Lines – And Help Your City in the Process. Here’s How.

Many people believe that when their water or sewer service lines leak, break or clog, the repair is either the responsibility of the City or covered by their homeowner’s insurance. Unfortunately, neither is the case. Myths about the cause of service line failures are common. Many people believe that their service lines will never fail

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