Author: Nicole DuPuis

Lincoln Makes Small Cell Work for Residents

This is the second in a series of case studies tracking how cities are handling small cell wireless infrastructure deployment on their streets. To learn more about this technology and how your city can get ready for it, read NLC’s municipal action guide on small cell wireless infrastructure. In the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, broadband

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Small Cell Wireless Technology in Cities

From our connected homes, where everything is controlled by the internet, to our workplaces, where reliable broadband access is paramount for almost every type of job, technology is impacting every facet of our daily lives. Cities are inextricably linked to the internet — and the integration of new technologies promises better and more innovative ways

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Are “Soft Skills” Critical to the Future of Work?

This article is part of an NLC series on the future of work in America’s cities. Among other technological advances and societal shifts, automation and artificial intelligence are impacting the workforce — vastly improving productivity and raising wages in some jobs while erasing or transforming others entirely. These new forces are also impacting the skillsets that are

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The Future of Equity in Cities

Cities are shaping the story of America. The success we have seen in our nation’s cities is clear, but the future of our urban places will be defined by how we work together — to lift all members of our communities in the future. Great places don’t rise from a blank slate — they use

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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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