Author: Sam Warlick

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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Attorney General Threatens Cities Over Immigration Law Enforcement

Last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Miami–Dade County, New Orleans and Chicago, warning local leaders that they must prove their policing policies comply with federal immigration law or risk losing their Byrne JAG law enforcement grants. The letters are the latest in a string of administration attempts to force

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Councilmember Jermaine Reed Testifies on Unfunded Mandates in Washington

On Wednesday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member and Kansas City, Missouri, Councilmember Jermaine Reed testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs. Appearing on behalf of NLC, Reed described how unfunded mandates place burdens on local governments and communities. In his testimony, Councilmember Reed provided

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Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding

“Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate helps us create jobs in distressed communities while simultaneously improving public health and safety.” On Tuesday, Mayor Sal Panto of Easton, Pa., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee to advocate for brownfields redevelopment funding. Mayor Panto, Chair of the NLC

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NLC President Matt Zone Defends Brownfields Redevelopment Funding in Washington

In his testimony, President Zone offered three suggestions on how Congress could increase or maintain funding for the EPA Brownfields Program, increase the overall grant funding to allow communities to cleanup more difficult sites, and resolve the disincentives created by potential liability to facilitate reuse of brownfields properties. On Tuesday, National League of Cities President

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