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NLC Hosts Convening in Philadelphia to Explore Youth Reengagement Strategies

Christina Grant, Assistant Superintendent of the Opportunity/Innovation Network at the School District of Philadelphia, leads a discussion group at the Sixth Annual Reengagement Plus! Convening in Philadelphia last month. (Photo credit: Indira Jimenez) Last month, the National League of Cities partnered with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the National Youth Employment Coalition, and the School District

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Supreme Court Hears Internet Sales Tax Arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair

In South Dakota v. Wayfair South Dakota is asking the Supreme Court to overrule precedent and hold that states and local governments may require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimated that states lost $23.3 billion in 2012 from being prohibited from collecting sales tax

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What Cities Can Learn from Congress’s Facebook Hearings

Last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Capitol Hill to answer questions before Congress regarding his company’s recent data privacy revelations. While several members of Congress sought answers regarding Facebook’s plan to prevent this from happening again, the hearings raised issues that are just as pertinent for local government leaders — especially

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Malicious Russian Cyber Activity is Targeting Government Networks

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint “Technical Alert” about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. According to the alert, “[t]he targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector

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How Data Can Improve Your City’s Decision Making

This is a guest post by Oliver Wise, Digital Government Principal at Socrata. As government leaders, we all know that we need to do more to take advantage of the power of data to improve the communities we serve. One of the biggest challenges to realizing this goals is that our employees often lack the critical

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Lessons in Leadership From Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, mid-April means bright sunshine and hot afternoons. This year, it also means recovery. We met Amelia on a tour through Utuado, a mid-sized city located in the central mountainous region of the island. Standing in her sister’s backyard, surrounded by fallen debris and an overturned chicken coup, she held a machete in

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How Cities Can Reduce Recidivism for Young Adults

This is a guest post from Emily Morgan, director of content development at the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center. As jurisdictions work to increase public safety and reduce corrections costs, a growing number have been exploring strategies targeted at improving outcomes for what is often the most challenging population under justice system supervision: young

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With ‘Direct Video Calling’, FCC Helps Open Phone Lines to ASL Users

This is a guest post from Robert McConnell and David Schmidt of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has led the way in developing a solution that can help other governmental entities and businesses expand their customer service centers beyond simple voice-based communication — with a video technology known as “Direct Video Calling”

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DOJ Offers Community-Based Crime Reduction Grants to Cities

This is a guest post by Jason Cooper, program director for crime reduction initiatives at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Many cities beset by high rates of crime face economic and social problems that go well beyond the capacity of police to address. As such, stepped up enforcement, on its own, is rarely enough to

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What Are Cities Doing to Keep Healthcare Costs Down?

In advance of our annual State of the Cities report, which will be released later this year, this blog series captures speeches given by mayors in 2017. This blog is part four of a four-part series focused on mayoral dialogues and sentiments around the fiscal responsibility of the city and the retirement needs of the

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