Category: Advocacy

Six Steps for a Great Public Stakeholder Meeting

Every city has aspirations and concerns beyond its own borders. When Americans elect their local officials, they’re not just looking for day-to-day task managers — they’re entrusting leaders with their city’s future. One of the greatest tools available to deliver on that promise is the stakeholder meeting. For federal advocacy campaigns like #FightTheCuts, stakeholder meetings

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10 Ways City Leaders Can Sustain and Expand Afterschool Programs

Afterschool programs need mayors and city councilmembers to be their advocate. Here are several ways you can support afterschool initiatives — and the reasons why they likely align with your own community goals. A version of this post originally appeared in Afterschool Today, a publication of the National Afterschool Association. At the National League of

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We Chatted With City Leaders on Twitter About Housing & Health. Here’s What They Had to Say.

On July 26, we co-hosted a briefing with the Urban Institute to explore the role of mayors and city leaders in achieving better health outcomes through safe, affordable housing initiatives. Addressing Health and Housing: How Cities Are Making a Difference focused on emerging city-level affordable housing models and the role of data, partnerships, and financing

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NLC Launches Local Climate Solutions Engagement Program

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new program with ecoAmerica aimed at elevating local climate engagement activities by its members and affiliates in nearly 19,000 American cities and towns. This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Daniel Barry. In light of the need to prevent pollution while also preparing for adverse

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Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie. City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax code: the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare,

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5 Things Your City Can Do on Summer Learning Day

July 13 is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, healthy and safe while out of school. Here are five ways your city can promote its summer programs — plus a playbook and a few ideas from other cities. While the summer months mean fun in the sun and

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3 Reasons To Get To Birmingham for the NBC-LEO Conference

Every year, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) brings together city leaders from across the country to build leadership skills and create close connections with fellow local elected leaders. Here are three crucial reasons why you’ve got to make it to Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama to attend this year’s event: Learn and

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House Leaders Hear NLC on Issues of Preemption and Local Control

On Thursday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member Patrick Wojahn, mayor of College Park, Maryland, testified before the new Bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Relations created by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Ryan opened the hearing, stating “There’s no question that we can work better, as partners, with state,

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6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie. This week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to fix our nation’s ailing roads, bridges, schools and water systems in their version of “Infrastructure Week.” Building off the $200 billion in federal investment included in President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget, ideas such

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Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the sites, visit the Statue of Liberty, and walk through Central Park. In Arizona, he can carry a concealed handgun without a permit. When he visits New York City, he plans to bring his weapon

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