Author: NLC Staff

5 Things City Leaders Should Know About Opportunity Zones

This is a guest post by Steve Glickman and John Lettieri, co-founders of the Economic Innovation Group. Opportunity Zones is a new community development initiative established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 designed to spur long-term private investment in low-income communities nationwide. The program offers a federal tax incentive for reinvesting

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Privatization of Rest Stops Directly Competes with Cities’ Local Businesses

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, with Brittney Kohler, NLC’s program director for transportation and infrastructure. Tucked into the President’s infrastructure proposal to Congress is an old idea that hasn’t gotten any better with time — letting states privatize highway rest areas to directly

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America’s Infrastructure Should Be Beautiful

“If anything can save the world,” North Face and Esprit founder Doug Tompkins once said, “I’d put my money on beauty.” This year, as part of a new campaign called And Beauty For All, we’re challenging NLC and its member communities to put that hypothesis to the test. We believe that, as our cities work on

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With Jail Diversion Program, New Orleans Follows Seattle’s LEAD

This is a guest post by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans’s jail population exceeded 6,500 inmates. When we came into office in 2010, we made a commitment to the people of New Orleans to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the jail population. So

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President Trump’s Playbook for Infrastructure

After a long wait, Congress now has an extensive infrastructure proposal from the President on their desk to review. The passage of this administration’s infrastructure playbook to Congress kicks off the process in Washington to develop a bipartisan deal that could ramp up the federal partnership in infrastructure investment. For city officials, who have been

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How Cities and Anchor Institutions Can Work Together on Health

Join the National League of Cities and the Anchor Institution Task Force (AITF) on Wednesday, February 21 for a Culture of Health Web Forum to learn more about how Cities are Leveraging Anchor Institutions. Cities and anchor institutions face similar concerns about the health and wellbeing of their communities. Each offers assets and resources that,

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What Data Tells Us About Amazon’s HQ2 Decision

This is a guest post from Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. Last Thursday, I lost five dollars. I had bet that Detroit would be the winner in the Amazon HQ2 bid. I thought the city met all the basic criteria: Delta Airlines hub, space to grow, economic incentives, lower cost of living,

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What Trump’s State of the Union Will Mean for Cities

Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. In a wide-ranging speech, he presented a vision heavy on bipartisanship and economic prosperity — but light on policy details. For city leaders, the night did little to illuminate upcoming priorities or tactics. With the administration moving into high gear on several

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President Trump, Rebuild With Us

This is a staff post by Irma Esparza Diggs, senior executive and director of federal advocacy at the National League of Cities. Tonight, President Trump gives his first State of the Union address to Congress, and city leaders across the country will be watching to hear how the president plans to fulfill his campaign promise

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How Toronto Gets Urban Housing and Zoning Right

This is a guest post by Nick Norris, planning director for the city of Salt Lake City. It was 6 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. The outside temperature was 16 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s -9 degrees Celsius). “I can do this,” I said as I put on my cold weather running gear. Up until that point, my

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