Author: NLC Staff

San Antonio Mayor Speaks Up for Cities on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 13th, Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio, Texas testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on behalf of NLC. The following is a selected set of excerpts from the Mayor’s testimony at the infrastructure briefing: “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs”. The briefing took place during

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To Address Homelessness, Start With Jobs

This is a guest blog by Melissa Young, director of Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity. Housing and income are inextricably linked. Research and conversations with people with lived experience of homelessness tells us that people experiencing homelessness can, do, and want to work. Homelessness persists, in part, because public systems fail to

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How Affordable Housing Efforts Can Make Cities Healthier

This is an excerpt from our newest backgrounder, Affordable Housing and Health: City Roles and Strategies for Progress. Cities nationwide are experiencing housing-related challenges, with a growing share of the population unable to afford to rent or own a home. Residents struggle to afford not just a place to live, but a stable home that supports

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What Will it Take to Rebuild Modern Water Infrastructure in the US?

This is a guest post by Bill Eller currently serves as Vice President, Business Development at HomeServe. Rebuilding water infrastructure will require sustainable investment in local projects; strong local-federal partnerships; and flexible financing strategies. America’s cities are at the forefront of both funding and design of the infrastructure of our country’s future, and that is

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Leadership in 2019: Why Cities Need to Rethink Digital Services

With changing technologies and higher constituent demands, cities and state leaders are trying to move faster to build more intimate and meaningful relationships with their constituents. There is pressure to deliver digital services more effectively as a result of online consumerism. Technological change is accelerating at an exponential rate due to industries built around innovation.

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Five Lessons From Hartford’s Innovation District

This is a guest post by Glendowlyn Thames, executive director of CTNext.  Innovation districts have caught on all over the world as an effective vehicle for transforming the economic vitality of a community through public-private partnerships, attracting both new talent and a critical mass of tech start-ups and young, high-growth companies. I personally love the idea

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Cities Advancing Affordable Housing to Improve Health Outcomes

As cities around the country deal with local affordable housing shortages, mayors and council members are realizing the problem is much more complex than putting a new roof over people’s heads. Housing is now understood to be a vital determinant of a person’s success in life that affects health, access to education and upward mobility.

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Bipartisan Work Needed to Address Aging Infrastructure

This is a guest post by Bill Eller, Vice President, Business Development at HomeServe. He is responsible for working with municipalities to educate and develop the best program options for their residents. America’s aging infrastructure systems are in need of repair and restoration. President Trump issued a call for a bipartisan effort to address our

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Making Broadband Work in Marshall, Michigan

This is a guest post by Lisa Gonzalez, senior telecommunications researcher at The Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Marshall is home to about 7,000 people in south central Michigan and is seat of Calhoun County; the town is full of history. When it was time for Michigan to select its state capital, Marshall was considered a

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