Category: Advocacy

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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City Leaders Will Fight the Cuts Because Cities Are Worth Fighting For

The president’s budget proposal represents a vision of unprecedented withdrawal of federal investment in America’s neighborhoods and communities. President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget” proposes more than $50 billion in domestic spending reductions across the board, and would outright eliminate dozens of programs important to cities and towns. For city leaders, cuts of this magnitude are

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Five Issues Tackled by Youth Delegates at the Congressional City Conference

The delegates designed their own sessions focused on leadership and skill development, developed strategies to solve problems in their communities, and learned the importance of advocacy at all levels of government. This is the fifth post in a series highlighting NLC’s 2017 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., March 11-15. Youth delegates from 37 cities

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When Cities and States Clash, Women and Families Suffer

Despite ongoing efforts to create more inclusive, gender-equal workplaces, many states currently prevent cities from passing laws mandating employers provide paid leave. This post was co-authored by Christiana McFarland and Brooks Rainwater. Today, people around the globe are donning red, attending marches, and participating in walkouts in solidarity for International Women’s Day and “A Day

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Meet Your Grassroots Advocate

“With longer sessions of Congress, federal elected officials are spending more time in D.C this year. Our members realize that they need to meet Congress here.” Advanced registration for the Congressional City Conference ends this Friday. As part of our “Meet Your City Advocate” series introducing you to NLC’s Federal Advocacy team, we sat down

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Cities Should Be the Focus of Federalism

Cities accelerate the spread of ideas and drive our national economy – but they are constrained in their ability to realize their full potential for their residents and for the nation. In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of federalism and why it matters to cities. Part two focused on

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Fighting for Local Government Priorities on Capitol Hill

NLC is laying the groundwork for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, which takes place on March 15 during NLC’s Congressional City Conference. More than 250 meetings have been arranged for local officials to speak with their Congressional representatives about city priorities. This post was co-authored by Michael Wallace and Ashley Smith. Thousands of local officials will

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When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key

NLC’s Brooks Rainwater examines federalism in the context of innovation and explains why the Small Business Administration is of critical importance to cities. In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of federalism and why it matters to cities. Part two focused on how affordable housing assistance has changed with the

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Meet Your City Technology and Communications Advocate

“It can seem tempting to default on the side of industry in the hopes of spurring innovation, but obviously you cannot prioritize the needs of one entity or company over those of all the other actors in the room – namely, local governments.” Every week leading up to the Congressional City Conference, we will continue

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