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Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here’s How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.

When it comes to reengaging disconnected youth with education and employment, three cities are reaching the same ambitious goals via different routes. This post was written by Christie Joesbury. As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” To create a roadmap and plot a clear course,

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Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017

In the last month of its term (June), the Supreme Court often issues opinions at a dizzying pace. Below is a very brief summary of the cases decided last month affecting local governments. When it comes to big cases, the Supreme Court’s last term was the quietest in recent memory. For local governments, though, the

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Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie. City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax code: the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare,

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In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America’s Cities

What is the state of America’s cities and towns? Where are our most successful and our most challenged communities? What should the federal government’s role in cities be — and is there a road map to urban success? On Wednesday, NLC Second Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Indiana, and NLC Senior Executive Brooks Rainwater

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Hope Is a Vineyard

All cities have blighted neighborhoods with potential that simply need a little sun and water to grow, and it’s micro-level community efforts that constitute that nourishment. Guest author Jack Calhoun shares an inspiring story from the streets of Baltimore that illustrates the power of hope in creating change in our communities. This is a guest

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America’s Fight for Independence Has Always Been Local

Our country’s growing political tension between city leadership and state legislatures has long historic roots in America, NLC Director of Research Christiana McFarland writes this week in Route Fifty. Current issues ranging from municipal broadband to civil rights to the minimum wage have been involved — but the pattern is not new, says McFarland: “A

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30 Great Ideas from America’s Small Cities

Happy Independence Day! At the National League of Cities (NLC), we’re proud to represent all 16,000 of America’s cities, towns, villages, hamlets and communities. It’s our belief that every city matters and deserves to have a voice — regardless of size, location, or history. That’s why throughout June we’ve celebrated Small Cities Month, highlighting our

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3 Reasons To Get To Birmingham for the NBC-LEO Conference

Every year, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) brings together city leaders from across the country to build leadership skills and create close connections with fellow local elected leaders. Here are three crucial reasons why you’ve got to make it to Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama to attend this year’s event: Learn and

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How Miami Helps Residents Afford Quality Health Care

In 2016, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reported that spending on prescription drugs in the United States rose 12% from 2015 rates. While the future of healthcare remains uncertain at the federal level, city leaders must continue to provide their residents with access to the resources they need. Last week, the City of Miami,

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Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are underfunded. This is a guest post by Mayor Jim Kenney. This past month, Philadelphia had the honor of hosting the National League of

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