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New Data Show Nearly 1 in 5 Homes Have Some Type of Accessibility Problem

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the American Housing Survey (AHS). This year’s survey had a core set of questions, as well as supplemental questions regarding home modifications and the needs of occupants living with disabilities. The AHS findings confirm that the existing need for home modifications is enormous. The AHS data show that

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Why the Workforce Investment Act Matters — Part III

This is the third in a series on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and NLC’s belief that Congress must reauthorize and modernize the Act to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s workers and employers. In this third blog we will explore how these locally-based job training programs have translated into real world outcomes

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses a new type of hybrid high school/community college, the merits (and demerits) of casinos, Chinese and Japanese FDI, and downtown development. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Since education is so closely tied to our nation’s future economic success, it’s

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Why the Workforce Investment Act Matters — Part II

This is the second in a series on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and NLC’s belief that Congress must reauthorize and modernize the Act to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s workers and employers. In this second blog we will explore how and why job training services are offered and what role the

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Why the Workforce Act Matters — Part I

This is the first in a series on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the belief by the National League of Cities (NLC) that Congress must reauthorize and modernize the Act to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s workers and employers. In this first blog we will explore the foundation of the program,

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses cities’ quests to foster technology hubs, new strategies beyond traditional manufacturing, the impacts of re-shoring, a commitment to streamlining small business regulations, and rural economic development strategies. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Possessing high-tech startups is obviously a tremendous

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Supporting Veterans Requires Locally Driven Collaborations

A few weeks ago, I traveled to San Antonio to participate in the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans’ (NCHV) 2012 Veterans Access to Housing Summit. Community leaders and government officials from across the country attended this event, and one theme consistently emerged – the need for local coordination to end homelessness among veterans. With the

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Governor Brown Signs AB 526, Paving the Way for Better Coordination of Violence Prevention Funding in California

This week brings some good news from the violence prevention front in California. Frequent readers of this blog and other National League of Cities media may be aware that NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families has co-sponsored a 13-city gang prevention initiative since 2007.  The California Cities Gang Prevention Network identifies promising strategies to

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Has the Ninth Circuit Confounded the Supreme Court Again?

The Ninth Circuit (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA) has a reputation for listening to the beat of its own drummer.  And the Supreme Court has a reputation of taking the drum back and correcting the beat.  Will this happen in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council? 

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Measure, Monitor, Adjust, Repeat: Cities Effectively Use Performance Measures to Achieve Community Goals

“What is City government doing? How well are we doing it? How can we do it better?” These three questions guide Devin Quirk’s work for the City of Boston.  Devin serves as Citywide Performance Manager and runs the “Boston About Results” (BAR) Program, an online database of performance measures that, over the last six years,

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