Author: NLC Staff

“Imagine Austin” Uses Data to Bring City’s Vision To Life

This is a guest post by Natale LaBarbera, an open data advocate and account manager at Socrata.  What is the City of Austin’s self-proclaimed greatest asset? Its people. In fact, thousands of community members teamed together to create Imagine Austin, a comprehensive plan for how the City hopes to grow and advance in 30-years. Now

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Unleashing Latino-Owned Business Potential in Cities

This is a guest post by Sarah Alvarez, senior program associate at the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program. In the United States, Latino-Americans start businesses at three times the rate of the general population. That means they play an important role in driving US economic vibrancy — through their outsized contribution to new business creation.

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In Toronto, Arts and Culture Take Center Stage

This is a guest post by Ellyn Parker, project manager for the 2018 Rose Fellowship team. This is the second blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. Last month, NLC’s Rose Center Land Use fellowship team braved the cold temperatures of

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What Smart Communities Can Learn From the Flu

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. As you, my reader, might know from previous blog entries, I’m a geographer and, as such, I tend to think of most difficulties as geography problems. Well, I’m here to tell you that the flu is no exception. It too is

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What American Cities Can Learn From Toronto’s Success

Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour. With a population of 2,800,000, Toronto is North America’s fourth-largest city — and the  community is working to cope with explosive growth (fueled in part by immigration),

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Why Cities Struggle to Fund Infrastructure

As President Trump and Congressional leadership emerge from a strategy meeting at Camp David this week, the infrastructure debate is heating up. There is now little doubt: Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are expected to announce that they intend to prioritize infrastructure on their 2018 to-do list. For cities, the coming focus on America’s long infrastructure

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How Cities Can Use Retirement Benefits To Recruit Talent

This is a co-authored post by Anita Yadavalli, program director for city fiscal policy in NLC’s Center for City Solutions, and Jean-Pierre Aubry, associate director of state and local research at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. It is the third piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece includes insights gained

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Cities Partner with NREL to Forge Pathways from Energy Data to Decision Making

This is a guest post by Megan Day, AICP, Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Lab. It was originally published on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Blog for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) and State and Local Energy Data (SLED) projects. Cities are increasingly interested

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When Talking Infrastructure, Remember the Municipal Securities Market

This is a guest post by Susan Collet, Director of Government Relations for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The National League of Cities’ City Fiscal Conditions 2017 study arrived this fall at a time of heightened discussion at the White House and on Capitol Hill regarding policies that can spur more investment in the nation’s infrastructure.

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