Author: NLC Staff

In San Francisco, Keeping Micromobility at Bay

This is an excerpt from NLC’s report, “Micromobility in Cities: A History and Policy Overview.” San Francisco has been a pioneer in micromobility, long before the term existed. The city introduced the Bay Area Bike Share pilot in 2013, and expanded the concept (now called “Ford GoBike”) in 2017. This program started with 700 bikes

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Leadership at the National League of Cities: Q&A

On Monday, August 19th, the National League of Cities held a panel with three local elected officials to talk about the value and experience they each gained through holding a position within NLC. What follows is a transcript of their thoughtful testimony. Learn more about the NLC Leadership Applications! Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director,

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The 3 W’s of a Citywide Afterschool System: Why, Who, and Where

As a municipal leader, you may be familiar with the programs available at local recreation centers, a YMCA, or Boys & Girls club, but you may not know if the most vulnerable children and youth in your city have a safe place to go after school. The Wallace Foundation report, Governance Structures for City Afterschool

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In Indianapolis, Reviving a Sleepy Neighborhood

Don’t sleep on Naptown. Indianapolis was once known for its quiet evenings and small-town aura in a big city, hence the city’s nickname—Naptown. While it was once considered an insult, today the nickname “Naptown” has reclaimed some of it’s original flare (the name originated from the 1920’s jazz “Naptown sound”), as the city has transformed from what

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How Sustainability is Changing Regional Cooperation

Mayors in towns large and small recognize the power of collaboration — the strength in numbers. In my last blog post, we discussed the Greenest Region Compact (GRC), which featured 115 municipalities and 10 councils of government in Northeast Illinois as signatories at last count. It is the largest regional collaboration on sustainability in the United

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Local Leaders From 13 Cities Take On Early Childhood Workforce

When municipal leaders support the early childhood workforce, they ensure the youngest citizens have high-quality early experiences that lead to improved outcomes later in life. In May, the National League of Cities hosted local leaders from 13 cities for an early childhood workforce roundtable. Leaders gathered for the release of a new resource to increase

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Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Technology: What City Leaders Should Know

On July 1 the City of San Francisco effected a ban on facial recognition technology—the first of its kind in the nation.  Aimed at leading with transparency, accountability and equity, the ban passed as part of the city’s Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.  While the city stopped testing facial recognition technology in 2007 and has not

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