Author: NLC Staff

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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“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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