Author: NLC Staff

In Dayton, Building a 21st Century Workforce Starts With High-Quality Preschool

This is a guest post from Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio. When I talk to citizens, the first thing they bring up is jobs –  jobs for themselves, jobs for their children. When I talk to business leaders, the first thing they bring up is workers – workers for today, workers for tomorrow. As

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How One City is Connecting Start-Ups and City Government

This is a guest post by Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, California. During my nearly 30 years in government, I have been fortunate to work alongside countless hard-working, brilliant colleagues. The City of San Francisco flourishes because of the dedication, commitment and resolve of its 30,000 employees. While our talented workforce does great things

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Why Cities Should Support, Not Arrest, Homeless Youth

This is a guest post by NLC’s Lydia Lawrence. In America, young people who are homeless or face housing instability experience arrest and detention much more often than other youth. As many as 78 percent of the estimated 400,000 homeless youth in America have had at least one interaction with police and 44 percent have

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The Elected Official’s Easy Guide to Facebook

This is a guest post by Facebook Outreach Associate Eva Guidarini. Across the country, citizens turn to social media to find, follow and connect with their elected officials. At the same time, local government officials use the internet to reach and engage with citizens. Providing a platform that enables direct interactions between governments and citizens

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Building a Culture of Health Through Authentic Engagement

This is a guest post by Eva Marie Stahl and Bridget Clementi. As a national consumer health advocacy organization, Community Catalyst is in the business of community and consumer engagement. Consumers need to have a say in their health and health care – and with good reason. People who engage in health care decision making are

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Five Practices to Help Cities Green their Purchasing

This is a guest post by Arizona State University’s Nicole Darnall, Justin M. Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh and Won No. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, city leaders are demonstrating environmental leadership across America. More than 367 U.S. mayors in 44 states have committed to reduce their greenhouse gases

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“We Stand with Charlottesville”: 25 City Leaders and National Experts Come Together

More than 20 city leaders participated on a conference call last week to share their experiences and to express their commitment to stand against hate and bigotry. These local elected officials were joined by national experts, who provided helpful insights and resources. We Stand with Charlottesville Councilmember Kristin Szakos from the city of Charlottesville described

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What Crossing the Mexican Border Taught Me About Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Councilmember Fabian Bedne of Nashville, Tennessee. When I first came to Nashville, I found a city that was welcoming, kind, and full of potential.

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5 Important Lessons From Women and Minority Business Owners

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield. In 2002, there were fewer than one million businesses owned by women of color in America. Let that sink in.

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6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This guest post by Linda Harris originally ran on June 8, 2017. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do

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