Author: Sam Warlick

Kansas City Will Host City Summit 2022

With city leaders confronting major challenges across education, infrastructure, economic development and more, Kansas City will showcase its own progress as the host of NLC’s annual City Summit in 2022. The booming Midwestern metropolis, which was announced as host of the national conference today, will provide a compelling backdrop for city leaders to tackle trending issues

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What City Leaders Had To Say In 2017

In 2017, local leadership took center stage in the American political arena. Whatever the issue — climate, immigration, foreign affairs, public safety, law — mayors and city councilmembers emerged as a clear voice of reason in an unsteady time. Throughout the year, we’ve proudly worked to elevate the voices of city leaders on CitiesSpeak, bringing

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Our Eight Most Popular Articles of 2017

In January 2017, America’s cities faced a precarious moment. After several years of runaway growth in downtowns and neighborhoods, major cities were at their most wealthy, safe, and vibrant point in decades. Meanwhile, mid-sized cities and small towns continued to struggle with growing challenges — and a divisive 2016 campaign season had laid those inequalities

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Exploring Nashville’s Small Manufacturing Revolution

Since its founding, the city of Nashville has constantly reinvented itself — first as a hub for trade, then as a shipping power, and finally as a center for the music, healthcare, and food industries. Now, Nashville is banking on yet another economic reinvention: unlocking the power of maker spaces, local artisans, and small manufacturers.

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Cities Stand Together to Fight Hate

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. On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence and bloodshed. Across the country, the event sparked an outpouring of grief and sympathy to the victims of

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In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America’s Cities

What is the state of America’s cities and towns? Where are our most successful and our most challenged communities? What should the federal government’s role in cities be — and is there a road map to urban success? On Wednesday, NLC Second Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Indiana, and NLC Senior Executive Brooks Rainwater

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America’s Fight for Independence Has Always Been Local

Our country’s growing political tension between city leadership and state legislatures has long historic roots in America, NLC Director of Research Christiana McFarland writes this week in Route Fifty. Current issues ranging from municipal broadband to civil rights to the minimum wage have been involved — but the pattern is not new, says McFarland: “A

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30 Great Ideas from America’s Small Cities

Happy Independence Day! At the National League of Cities (NLC), we’re proud to represent all 16,000 of America’s cities, towns, villages, hamlets and communities. It’s our belief that every city matters and deserves to have a voice — regardless of size, location, or history. That’s why throughout June we’ve celebrated Small Cities Month, highlighting our

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What You Need to Know About the NLC Summer Leadership Meeting

This week, more than 250 city leaders convened in Cleveland for the National League of Cities 2017 Summer Board and Leadership Meeting. Hosted by NLC President Matt Zone, the meeting provided a platform for NLC’s board of directors, federal advocacy committees and member networking councils to discuss the organization’s advocacy priorities and policy positions. Here’s our roundup of

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