Category: Business

Balancing Policy and Technology in Kansas City

There is nothing new in the world. In ancient times, when the invading hoard is approaching the city, the wise leader sends an emissary through the front gate to parley. In today’s economy, these same tactics can be employed by cities seeking to quickly gain an understanding of what a startup is proposing, how that proposal

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Sacramento, Clear Channel, Polaris Partner to Fight Human Trafficking

This is a guest post by Wendy Weatherford, vice president of corporate communications and marketing for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. Modern slavery is a billion-dollar industry that exploits 40.3 million victims around the globe. Whether you live in a bustling city, quiet suburb, or rural community, chances are human trafficking is happening right in your

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Sacramento – Urban Region, Rural Economic Driver

This blog post summarizes a case study from NLC’s Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide report. This post is part of a series about reducing the divide between urban and rural communities. California, the state with the highest urban population density, has a capital city that is largely rural. Eighty five percent of Sacramento’s land area is rural

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Pensions, Retiree Health Benefits, and Your City’s Bond Rating

This is a guest post by Les Richmond, Vice President and Actuary of Build America Mutual (BAM). Credit ratings are the most visible (and sometimes only) independent assessment of the fiscal status of a city’s government – they have a direct impact on borrowing costs and the affordability of infrastructure investments, and they can also

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States and Local Governments Win Landmark Online Sales Tax Case

On Thursday, in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments can require vendors with no physical presence in the state to collect sales tax. According to the court, which ruled in a 5-4 decision, “economic and virtual contacts” are enough to create a “substantial nexus” with the state allowing

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America’s Homeowners are Financially Unprepared for an Emergency

When researchers ask the average American whether they could handle the cost of an unexpected home repair project, the answer is simple: no. That lack of financial preparedness is compounded by the fact that many homeowners do not understand what their homeowner’s insurance actually covers. This leaves many American homeowners in a tough spot when

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For a Smooth Ride, e-Scooter Providers and Cities Need to Get Along

This is a guest post by Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice. America’s tech industry has embraced the idea of permissionless innovation, where new online business models set up operations without requesting approval from public officials. That’s how eBay revolutionized the way people sell their stuff, and it’s how sharing economy businesses became a great way for

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Is Your City Ready for Sports Gambling?

In a 6-3 decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association the Supreme Court declared the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional. PASPA, adopted in 1992, prohibits states from authorizing sports gambling. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief asking the Court to rule PASPA violates the Constitution’s

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Three Ways the Cloud Helps Communities Grow and Thrive

This is a guest post by Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of the U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft Corporation and Troy Coggiola, Chief Product Officer, Accela. Government agencies strive to improve the quality of life for their citizens, ensuring equitable access to services and desired businesses, smart community development and overall public health and

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How Out-of-Home Media Can Improve Public Safety

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. On April 20, 2018 I attended the ceremony for recipients of the FBI’s 2017 Distinguished Community Leaders Award at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., where Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) was among a select few

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