Author: NLC Guest Writer

How Austin’s Commitment to Sustainability is Driving Prosperity

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell, writer and editor at the American Institute of Architects. Austin, Texas, is a shining example of how sustainability can contribute to the development and growth of a city. Through its Office of Sustainability and the work of local architects, Austin provides a thoughtful framework for other cities to consider when crafting

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Good Performance Management is Good Government

This is a guest post by Oliver Wise, director of the Socrata Data Academy. Local governments are stretched thin. Not only are they responsible for public services such as utilities, transportation, police, and tourism, they are also expected to respond to emerging issues that have no clear path forward: natural disasters, homelessness, and the opioid epidemic.

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Creating Shared Spaces that Connect Young and Old

This is a guest post by Sheri Steining, special programs director at Generations United It’s 8:15 a.m. and the lobby of the skilled nursing facility is filled with an air of anticipation as older adult residents are excitedly stationed in their usual spots. Some have brightly colored red, purple or green streaks in their hair, and

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As Hurricanes Continue to Wreak Havoc, Disaster Recovery Is Still A Broken Landscape for Small Cities

This is a guest post by C.H. “Burt” Mills, Jr., Aransas County Judge and William R. Whitson, Managing Director of Local Government Visions, LLC. Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Aransas County near Rockport, Texas as a full class IV hurricane. Harvey raged for more than 12 hours, causing widespread devastation, including 25% loss to the local tax

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Finding Partners for Your City’s Affordable Housing Solutions

The affordable housing crisis looks different in every American city. Demographics, natural resources, and infrastructure are just a few factors that influence community needs—and they vary from place to place. NLC’s most recent report,  Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing provides direction for how elected officials and community leaders can implement policy changes, building

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Saving Urban Trees

This is a guest post by Dr. Gary Lovett, Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  When Asian longhorned beetles were first discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2008, it came as a shock. “I knew our life was going to change,” said Patty Ruffini, then the United

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Los Angeles: My City, and City to the World

This is a guest post by Greg McGrath, Southern California Regional President, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas Los Angeles is my home. It’s a city that offers something for everyone. And it’s an abundance of diversity that is “home to the world.” Our communities wear their culture on their sleeves and our streets tell our city’s storied

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Rochester, New York – A Legacy of its Own

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, a legacy city historically famous for being the birthplace of companies like Cunningham Stage Coach, Bausch and Lamb, Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox.  First dubbed the “Young Lion of the West” thanks to our Erie Canal, we were one of America’s first boomtowns. Later, Rochester was referred

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