Category: Big Ideas for Cities

Why You Should Attend the NLC University Leadership Summit

NLC University convenes elected officials, municipal leaders, city staff and industry professionals annually at the NLC University Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit provides attendees an opportunity to recognize and reflect with peers and strengthen the profile of their cities, towns and villages. This year, NLC University heads to San Diego, California, October 2-5, to present on

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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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Research, Innovation and Cities: The Year in Review

Throughout 2016, NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research presented and spoke on a wide range of city topics to audiences from San Francisco to Shanghai and everywhere in between – making sure that, wherever possible, city voices are elevated and heard. This year has been one of growth and success for NLC’s Center for City Solutions

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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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