Author: Nicole DuPuis

How Infrastructure Became Washington’s Latest Obsession

As unlikely as it may seem, ‘infrastructure’ has become one of the buzzwords of the day. One can hardly strike up a conversation about politics in Washington without the president’s promise of an infrastructure package coming up. Mayors from cities of all sizes, with all different sorts of priorities, identify infrastructure as being of the

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New Year, New Technology, New (Smarter) Cities

Fully connected smart cities are coming. NLC’s latest report helps cities prepare for their arrival by providing local leaders with best practices in this arena. Technology is changing us – and our cities – in an unprecedented way. This is not news to most, and the influence of technological developments and advances certainly isn’t a

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Mayors Say America’s Infrastructure Needs an Upgrade

In addition to facing the deteriorating state of America’s existing infrastructure, city leaders are faced with the added complexity of investing in new, smarter infrastructure that can support and augment a 21st century economy. The Challenge The United States’ infrastructure is in deplorable condition. Several factors — including a significant decline in federal investment, less

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What It Takes to Be a 21st Century City

“Local governments are competing to be the most progressive, the most innovative, to lure the most Millennials, and to be at the forefront of the new American 21st century city.” Gabe Klein discusses the sharing economy at NLC’s 2015 Congress of Cities in Nashville, Tennesse. (Jason Dixson) This is an excerpt from City of the

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This is Infrastructure Week, and Here’s How We’re Participating

Infrastructure Week is a national week of high-profile events, media coverage, focused advocacy and other efforts around the country to build momentum for revitalization of America’s economic competitiveness through rebuilding American infrastructure. For many of us, infrastructure creates a sort of cognitive dissonance: we don’t often think about it, but we all use it, and

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Recent FCC Proceedings Highlight Importance of Equity, Local Control

Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks to the media on the importance of net neutrality on December 1, 2010 at the headquarters of the FCC in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Like so many aspects of our national infrastructure, internet service has become such an integral part of our work, our personal lives, and our

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Mayors: A Responsive City Needs Great Internet Access

This is a guest post by Susan Crawford. In theory, fiber-optic cables have the capacity to transmit data at unlimited speeds. As of this writing, data has been successfully transmitted at more than 40 terabits per second – fast enough to allow you to upload a 1TB hard drive in 1/5th of a second. (Getty

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Cities’ Sentiment Toward Sharing Economy is Varied and Evolving

There is no one-size-fits-all regulatory solution for the sharing economy, and what works well for one city might not work for another. Philadelphia is one of the cities profiled in NLC’s new sharing economy report. The consensus is there is no consensus. City leaders across the country are working to understand and incorporate the sharing

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Cities Succeed Where Feds Have Fallen Short on Transportation

Cities across the country are taking a holistic, long-term approach to developing their transportation systems. “One big pothole.” This is how former Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has frequently described the state of America’s transportation infrastructure. If you’ve been out at all on the highways, railways or other transit systems that comprise our nation’s

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