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Development, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification: Knowing Your City (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second in a three–part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools and strategies that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. In the first blog post of this series, I outlined my concern with the effects

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New Report Highlights Challenges for Veterans

Last week, Paycheck to Paycheck was released by the National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy. The report looked at the cost of housing in more than 200 metropolitan areas and the incomes earned for 74 jobs, including five jobs “targeted by training programs sponsored by the Department of Labor in partnership with the

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores creating an innovation culture, closing the talent gap, “ideation” and Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Creating a culture of innovation can sometimes look a lot like “old” economic development. The city of Grove, OK is targeting

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Development, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification: Exploring the Issues (Part 1 of 3)

This is the first in a three –part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. A few weeks ago, a blog post announcing the 50 “fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in the United States”

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Bringing Veterans Back into the Fabric of Our Communities

This year’s 4th of July is a unique opportunity to reflect on our nation’s veterans. As our military begins to wind down involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation also marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812 and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. What came

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Latest in Economic Development

This week’s latest in economic development focuses on FDI, some state-level incentive mishaps, small business confidence, worker skill mismatch, and Creative Class 2.0. Have things to add, contact me at mcconnell@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Cities look to attract more foreign direct investment.  Toledo, Ohio, which has been

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Can’t Leave Now

The following post was written by Jim Brooks – Program Director at the National League of Cities.   For the makers of the film DETROPIA, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the first priority is to contextualize a set of problems and move an audience toward understanding. Furthermore, their hope is to make the complex challenges

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Latest in Economic Development

This week’s Latest in Economic Development highlights challenges with worker training, New York’s economic diversity, New Orleans’s mini tech boom, and trends in economic attraction.  Have things to add, contact me at mcconnell@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Public universities are not sufficiently preparing students to enter the workforce,

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Supreme Court Casino Case: Win, Loss, or Draw for Cities?

If you gamble at a casino there is no question whether you have won or lost.  Nevertheless in a recent Supreme Court case affecting cities, involving land to be used for a casino, victory or defeat…depends. The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak that the United States can be

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Speech and Sewers: The Supreme Court has been Busy Ruling in Favor of Local Government

The last week of June likely will be big even for Americans who generally don’t give a second thought to the U.S.  Supreme Court because the Affordable Care Act cases and the Arizona immigration case will be decided then. But for at least local government and the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) the first

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