Category: Advocacy

The Big Costs of Infrastructure Cutbacks

The budgetary impact of the COVID pandemic is hitting the city of Fargo, ND hard. Last month, the city cut nearly $10 million, including $7 million from capital improvement projects. Such projects included investment in “street, flood control, pavement preservation, and sidewalk projects” which are core building blocks in the city’s transportation and disaster resiliency systems.  

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Energy and Environment Programs See Boost Under Moving Forward Proposal

The Rebuild With Us campaign called on Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, and on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2). This is the second installment in a local leader blog series from NLC’s Federal Advocacy committee chairs that will showcase wins for cities, towns and villages as we

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Cities Must Continue to Lead with Urgency

When I was officially elected President of the National League of Cities at City Summit in November, I spoke to you and my fellow local leaders about my presidential platform: Leading with Urgency. The foundation for my vision for cities, towns and villages this year was meant to drive our communities forward on key areas, including infrastructure, housing instability, and partnerships between levels of government. 

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Cities are Making Unavoidable Cuts in Response to COVID-19 Fiscal Pressures

New survey data from over 1,100 municipalities across the country shows that the national economic recovery is at even greater risk of stalling if Congress fails to provide direct federal aid to America’s cities, towns and villages. The survey, which focuses on local spending cuts and service adjustments, found that 65% of cities are being

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A Lifeline for Older Adults in Columbus, Ohio

By AARP With a population nearing 900,000, Columbus, Ohio, is the largest municipality in the state and 14th largest in the US. It is Ohio’s state capital as well as home to Ohio State University and headquarters for five Fortune 500 companies. Combined with the rest of Franklin County, the area is home to about

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How New Orleans Prioritized Equity In Fighting COVID-19

On The Frontlines is a joint project between NLC and IGNITE Cities In the ‘Big Easy,’ where life has always moved at its own pace, Mayor LaToya Cantrell had to make a quick decision to slow the economic and social pace of her city when it was discovered as a hotspot for COVID-19. As confirmations

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The Deal is Done: How Much Can Cities Expect from the 3rd Coronavirus Package?

Today, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act, which, among many things, provides local governments funding to meet the immediate needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the CARES Act, provides $150 billion for state, local and tribal governments to use to cover

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CCC Ends Atop Capitol Hill with Advocacy Day

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is the culmination of all the calls to action in NLC’s Congressional City Conference programming. This year, Annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day was a huge success and reaffirmed that local-federal leaders must lead together and with urgency, during these unprecedented times.   On Wednesday, March 11th, municipal officials across the 39 states participating in Hill Day were briefed

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Top Moments from Congressional City Conference 2020

This week local officials, partners, and municipal staff traveled to our nation’s capital for the 55th annual Congressional City Conference (CCC). America’s largest legislative conference for local leaders saw important policy discussions, engaging general session speakers, collaborative networking opportunities, and a spotlight on the power of cities, towns and villages.  Here are our top moments:  Two Presidential Candidates Commit to Leading Together 

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