Author: Tim Mudd

The Recipe for Economic Development

In this Big Ideas for Cities feature, Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam discusses the economic development tools that have helped fuel the city’s success. Located a short distance from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Fla., the City of Miramar was founded as a “bedroom community” in the 1950s. Since 2000, however, the city has charted a new

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How to Grow an Inclusive Economy

In this Big Ideas for Cities feature, Compton, California Mayor Aja Brown discusses what it takes to ensure the benefits of economic development reach all residents. Most people know the City of Compton, California from NWA, but there’s a lot more to the city’s story. In this Big Ideas for Cities talk, Compton Mayor Aja Brown discusses

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How to Reinvent a Struggling Downtown

In this Big Ideas for Cities feature, Little Rock, Arkansas Mayor Mark Stodola discusses how creative placemaking can drive economic development in a city’s downtown. How can a city reinvent a downtown after it’s been ‘dead’ for 30 years? In this Big Ideas for Cities talk, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola discusses what it takes to make

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What It Takes to Be a Comeback City

In this Big Ideas for Cities feature, Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson discusses how pulling together the right team, the right ideas, and the right plan has set the city up for a resurgence. When Karen Freeman-Wilson became mayor of Gary, Indiana, she faced persistent challenges such as crime and blight — but around the time she

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How the City of Chattanooga Became a Destination for Innovation

In this Big Ideas for Cities feature, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tells the story of how his city became a hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation. When Andy Berke became mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2013, he imagined a city where frequent interaction, intellectual and creative collisions, and knowledge spillovers would be routine. Whereas the outgoing city administration worked to revive the

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3 Reasons Why Infrastructure Needed to Be Addressed in the GOP Debate

Last night, Republican presidential hopefuls again stood before the nation vying to be their party’s nominee. One issue was sorely missing from the debate. A view of the podium bearing the presidential seal at NLC’s Congressional City Conference. (Jason Dixson) For three hours last night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., 11 Republican

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Why Startups Believe They Can Solve Cities’ Greatest Challenges

Smart City Startups 2015 participants gather at the Miami Light Project in Wynwood, Miami, Fla. (Photo: Tim Mudd) Flying cars wiz across the dense, underworld-like landscape as an ominous, synthesized musical score accompanies the action. That’s Los Angeles in the year 2019, as portrayed in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. “Any future without the Internet

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Three Ways Cities Can Help Employees Build a Secure Retirement

In support of National Retirement Planning Week 2015, we asked Alex Hannah, ICMA-RC Vice President, Marketing Communications & Education, to contribute the following post on retirement planning tips and resources for public sector employees. National Retirement Planning Week® 2015 is a national effort to help consumers focus on their financial needs in retirement. It’s important

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