Category: Cities – General

The Future of Work for Opportunity Youth

Opportunity youth comprise a large share of the nearly five million 16-24 year olds out of school and out of work across the U.S. The group has one of the least secure footholds in the evolving structure of employment. Not only do these young people lack jobs; many also lack the training and credentials to

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The Re-Emergence of Neighborhoods

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed hundreds of mayors’ state of the city addresses. In this research, we examine which priorities mayors are focusing on and how their priorities change over time in response to social, economic and political trends. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report covers a sample of

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What The Ninth Circuit’s Camping Ruling Means for Housing First Strategies in Cities

As cities continue to determine what they can do to address the housing needs of people experiencing homelessness, now is the time to be mindful of a recent legal decision — especially if your city is located in the Ninth Circuit (which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). In Martin

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Senate Passes Third Opioid Crisis Funding Package

With seven legislative days remaining in the Fiscal Year 2018 calendar, the U.S. Senate last night passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act in a nearly unanimous 99-1 vote. This action by the Senate comes almost exactly two months after the U.S. House of Representatives considered 70 opioid-related bills in an unprecedented effort. Both votes signal

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How to Help Cities Impacted by Hurricane Florence

As the Hurricane Florence response and recovery effort continues in the Carolinas and Virginia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued an advisory that allows states to send support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states and local governments to share resources during

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Why Workforce Development Matters for Mayors

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed mayors’ state of the cities speeches, which highlight the priorities mayors are focusing on. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report has a sample of 160 mayoral speeches between January and April 2018 and includes cities of all population sizes and across geographic

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How City Fiscal Conditions Changed in 2018

This is an excerpt from our new City Fiscal Conditions report. The 2018 City Fiscal Conditions survey indicates that slightly more finance officers than last year are optimistic about the fiscal capacity of their cities. However, the level of optimism is still far below recent years. Tax revenue growth is experiencing a year-over-year slowdown, with

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How to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

This is a guest post written by Claire Collins, Development Manager, Local Government Solutions, Local Government Services at IBTS.  As Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall on the coast of the Carolinas, IBTS’s team of natural disaster response and recovery experts have prepared the following short list of our most important OnHAND recommendations to help Communications 1.

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Ocala, Florida’s Fiber Delivering for Decades

This is a guest post by Lisa Gonzalez, senior telecommunications researcher at The Institute for Local Self-Reliance. In 1995, when city leaders in Ocala, Florida, realized it was time to replace copper connections between utility substations, they chose to go with fiber optics for better supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) operations. That same year,

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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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