Category: General

Cities Can Amplify Formerly Incarcerated Voices to Drive Justice Reform

This is a guest post form Ronald Simpson-Bey, who serves as the Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement at JustLeadershipUSA. For any criminal justice reform policy to be truly effective, and for it to deliver the results that are long overdue — the decarceration and decriminalization of black and brown communities and communities experiencing poverty

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Justice Neil Gorsuch and the Case of the Graveyard Invaders

Over the past year, the Supreme Court has issues consequential rulings on labor, free speech, international travel and more. But in October 2018, as it begins a new term, the Supreme Court will start with a Halloween-appropriate case. In Knick v. Township of Scott, the Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn Williamson County Regional

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Perspectives on the Urban-Rural Divide

This is the first post in a series about reducing the divide between urban and rural communities. The facts are stark. Economic change and recovery in our nation have resulted in vastly different opportunities and outcomes for individuals and families based on where they live. An urban-rural divide narrative is solidifying around these trends. It’s

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Three Ways Blockchain Could Transform Local Government

While the United States government has not yet publicly promoted or experimented with blockchain, other nations have used the secure and unchangeable platform technology to pursue new forms and applications of governance. In May 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted awards of $2.25 million each in research contracts to three blockchain startups as

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Washington Takes Action on Key Workforce Investments

This year, the National League of Cities (NLC) is focused on telling the story of city infrastructure through our Rebuild With Us campaign. Together with local leaders, we’re calling on Congress and the administration to work with cities to invest in the roads, bridges, waterways and broadband networks that make up the economic backbone of

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How Austin, Texas is Addressing Racial Equity

This is an NLC staff post by Aliza Wasserman and Chelsea Jones. The city of Austin, Texas, has been named the U.S News and World Report’s Best Place to Live and Forbes’ Next Biggest Boom Town in the U.S. But despite national accolades — and the city’s immense growth — Austin must face the historically

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A Suburban Model for Successful Downtown Growth

This is a guest post by Noam Bramson, mayor of New Rochelle, New York. In my city of New Rochelle, New York, our innovative and successful downtown development plan illustrates the critical role that small cities can play in achieving sustainable regional growth. Our experience could serve as a model for similar communities throughout America.

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Preparing for the Future of Work

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities. Since January, the National League of Cities has been looking at work in cities in a whole new way. We’ve been conducting new research, highlighting promising practices, engaging new partners, and publishing new resources. Our focus

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How to Attract and Retain a Talented Workforce

This is a guest post by Steve Vermette, vice president of brokerage at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. While the 2018 State of the Cities report listed economic development, infrastructure, budgets, housing and public safety as the top priorities for U.S. mayors, many communities are not properly staffed to tackle these initiatives. Budget shortfalls and static pay

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Why Downtown Development is Crucial for American Cities

Every year, mayors from cities of all sizes share their visions for the upcoming year in their state of the city speeches. NLC has analyzed trends in these speeches for the last five years, and it should surprise no one that economic development has remained the most popular topic. But this year, the subtopic of

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