Category: General

How Government Plus Modern Tech Improves Lives

Government – especially state and local government – is uniquely positioned to create and deliver solutions to some of society’s greatest issues. The mayors of New York City and Seattle just recently noted at the United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting that, shaped by technology, local government is, indeed, at the forefront of change.

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NLC Joins 2020 Presidential Candidates in Las Vegas

Infrastructure investment is essential to moving America forward, but how are Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice President Joe Biden and Tom Steyer going to work with cities to rebuild? In the first-ever candidate forum on infrastructure, NLC will join United for Infrastructure on Sunday, February 16th at 2 PM PST, the University of Nevada Las

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Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Orlando Bring Tennis to Afterschool

The National League Cities (NLC) in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) selected Grand Rapids, Los Angeles and Orlando to run pilot initiatives using organized tennis instruction to promote children’s physical activity while developing social-emotional skills that will last through their lifetimes. Under the pilot program, these cities will incorporate quality tennis instruction

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How Indiana Borough is Building a Sustainable Future

Western Pennsylvania, home to coal mines and natural gas wells, might not be the first place you think of when picturing a clean energy transition, but Indiana Borough, Pennsylvania wants to change your preconceptions. It’s one of many smaller communities across the country that are embracing sustainability and renewable energy as a way towards the

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Robocall Case Has Important Implications for Local Governments

What does Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants have to do with state and local governments? The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether allowing robocalls for government-debt only violates the First Amendment. State and local governments aren’t likely recipients of such calls. In one word the answer is Reed; as in Reed v. Town

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Q&A: Mayor Lovely Warren on Rochester’s Leadership to Address Healthy Housing and a Call to Action

Housing

Part one in a two-part series on city leadership to address healthy housing from Rochester, New York. We are encouraging mayors and city managers across the country to learn from Rochester’s leadership and take the Mayor’s Action Challenge on Lead-Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods pledge. Rochester’s efforts have significantly reduced childhood lead poisonings and made an

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A Big Week for Federal Advocacy

The first week of February ushered in strong federal advocacy efforts by our member cities, towns and villages and reaffirmed National League of Cities’ commitment to federal-local partnership. On Tuesday, February 4, National League of Cities (NLC) hosted a briefing for the San Antonio delegation which included Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilmember Rebecca Viagran, Councilmember Manny

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Austin’s Strategy to Bring Back Middle-Skill Jobs

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: In a city where the unofficial

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What Congress Learned from West Wendover

This week, I had the opportunity to represent my city, West Wendover, Nevada, before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. As the Mayor of West Wendover and President of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, I was asked to share the Nevadan experience, opportunities and challenges around

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