Category: Business

5 Important Lessons From Women and Minority Business Owners

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield. In 2002, there were fewer than one million businesses owned by women of color in America. Let that sink in.

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Minneapolis

Jim Terrell works in community planning and economic development policy for the city of Minneapolis. This week, he talks about the city’s new Access to Capital program and why an equitable approach to economic development is a priority for Mayor Betsy Hodges. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED)

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Boston

John Smith and Jason Ewas work in economic development policy for the city of Boston. This week, they share how equity plays a central role in Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s economic development agenda. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Carlos Delgado: John and Jason, thank you for

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6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie. This week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to fix our nation’s ailing roads, bridges, schools and water systems in their version of “Infrastructure Week.” Building off the $200 billion in federal investment included in President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget, ideas such

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8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact of the arts in their community. This is a guest post by Jay Dick. The arts and culture

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Why You Should Start Planning “Fair Saturday” in Your City

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and boosts local economic development. Summer in cities is marked by community gatherings, farmers’ markets and a buzz of outdoor activities. In many places,

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis

We meet Paul Young, one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) fellows and director of housing and community development for the city of Memphis, Tennessee, to discuss the city’s equitable economic development priorities, how the Memphis EED project is progressing, and his experience as a EED Fellow. This post is part of a series on

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The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments. This is a guest post by Ulrik Binzer. Short-term rentals are no longer just a vacation destination issue The dramatic rise of Airbnb and

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From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum

City leaders and the private sector must collaborate for our cities to succeed. NLC’s Capstone Leaders Forum brought together public- and private-sector thought leaders to discuss issues ranging from addressing the workforce skills gap to the importance of data. For local leaders, making their communities economically successful is often at the top of their to-do

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Can Tech and Government Get Along?

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As Tim Woodbury explains, government can take a lesson out of Silicon Valley’s playbook. This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury. It

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