Category: Arts & Culture

How Akron Made Space for Entrepreneurs

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: In the beginning of the 20th

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Why E-Book Access Matters

As digital technologies become more integrated into how people learn, work and interact, ensuring equal access to e-books is more important than ever. And yet, major publishers have changed the rules on e-book access for public libraries through highly restrictive new pricing and lending practices. Notably, Macmillan Publishers launched a new policy this month that

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Celebrating Our Small Cities

Each year, the National League of Cities celebrates our cities with populations of 50,000 or less. Across the country, our small towns, villages, and cities are the heartbeat of communities. While a large proportion of the United States continues to be urban, a growing majority of Americans live in small towns with populations between 2,500

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How a Strong Digital Foundation Supported This Community’s Connections

Just 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, the Village of Orland Park is a municipality on the rise. Its population of 58,000 is expected to grow to 75,000 by 2030. Attention to infrastructure is critical for keeping operations in line with the increasing needs that accompany such growth. Over the last few years, Orland Park

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The Secret Ingredient to a Prosperous City: Love

In this day and age, we spend a lot of time talking about our differences, our divisions and our struggles. But the reality is, there is one thing that binds all local leaders together – that four-letter word that we all feel, but can’t always explain: love. As president of the National League of Cities

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To Ames, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! Dearest Ames, I’m so happy to call you my adopted hometown. You know that when we first met back in 1991, I wasn’t impressed. As I drove through town on the way to meet my soon-to-be husband’s

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To Camden, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! My Dearest Camden, It is one of your beautiful 70+ degree days in February when you draw me from my desk and close to you.  I venture as close as possible – there is no other place

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To Los Angeles, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! To My City, If you put the entire world in one city, you get Los Angeles. LA. The City of Angels. LaLa Land. Whatever you or anyone else may call it, it is home. It’s not like

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To Gary, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! Dear Gary, Recently, you celebrated your 113thbirthday. What a milestone for you and citizens like me who love you so much.  So often people talk about you and focus on your challenges and problems—poverty, crime, unemployment, vacant and

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Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2018

From small cell preemption to Amazon’s HQ search and downtown development, here are CitiesSpeak’s top posts from 2018. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Legal Challenges to Third Travel Ban In considering Trump’s controversial immigration policy, the Supreme Court will focus on four key legal issues. What City Leaders Should Know about South Dakota v. Wayfair

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