Author: Brooks Rainwater

120 Mayors on the Issues Facing Urban America

This post originally appeared in Fast Company. Read the full article here. Mayors are leading the country forward with a positive agenda for America. While most of our eyes are glued to investigations and scurrilous revelations at the federal level, mayors are still hard at work solving the biggest issues facing their communities. In cities,

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HB2’s Replacement Worse for Cities

With the passage of HB142, North Carolina has officially repealed the infamous “Bathroom Bill.” Unfortunately, it also brings a host of preemptive measures that threaten the notion of local control in the Tar Heel State. Following a boycott campaign that spanned from PayPal to Deutsche Bank to the NBA, the state of North Carolina repealed

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When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key

NLC’s Brooks Rainwater examines federalism in the context of innovation and explains why the Small Business Administration is of critical importance to cities. In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of federalism and why it matters to cities. Part two focused on how affordable housing assistance has changed with the

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Research, Innovation and Cities: The Year in Review

Throughout 2016, NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research presented and spoke on a wide range of city topics to audiences from San Francisco to Shanghai and everywhere in between – making sure that, wherever possible, city voices are elevated and heard. This year has been one of growth and success for NLC’s Center for City Solutions

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8 Ways Cities Can Prepare for the Future of Work

We know that automation and artificial intelligence will have a great impact on the future of work, play, and life – but we shouldn’t jump to the assumption that this will be a net negative. This post originally appeared on Business Insider. The post was republished with permission. Fundamental shifts in society are upending the

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Mayors: Data & Technology Critical to City Leadership

The use of data to drive decision-making in cities is continuing to grow, and the myriad uses for these data are being further incorporated into city operations. Data and technology are critical components of highly functioning cities. Mayors recognize this, and seek to elevate related issues – from broadband to smart cities to data-driven government

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5 Ways Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement

These are the key recommendations to help your city grow the maker movement. (Getty Images) This is an excerpt from NLC’s report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. The maker movement has great potential to alter the very fabric of business and manufacturing

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Does the Maker Movement Hold the Key to Economic Growth?

The power of this movement is its ability to draw production back into cities. This can have profound economic and social benefits. A man builds a 3D printer at a makerspace. (Getty) This is an excerpt from NLC’s upcoming report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American

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Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Technological innovation is compelling and necessary, but it complicates the economic and policy frameworks that communities—governments, businesses and families—have bet on. Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler discusses entrepreneurship at NLC’s Big Ideas for Cities. (photo: Jason Dixson Photography) Disruption. It may be a buzz word, but it perfectly encapsulates this moment in time. Sharing economy behemoths like

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