Category: General

Time is Running Out for Your Residents to Obtain Federally-Subsidized Health Insurance

There is less than one week left for your residents to obtain federally-subsidized health insurance through HealthCare.gov.  But as an elected official there is much you can do to help them get federally-subsidized health insurance. Please let your residents know that if they do not have employer-sponsored insurance, or have not yet purchased insurance through

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10 Things Cities Can Do to Enroll Kids and Families in Medicaid and CHIP

In my last blog post, I examined the reasons why cities and local elected officials are getting involved in enrolling children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It’s simple—connecting families to public health insurance programs is good governance. By doing so, cities reduce the burden on hospital emergency rooms, children

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Building More Resilient Communities

With nearly 1500 mayors, council members, city staff and others coming to DC next week for the Congressional City Conference, it’s a great opportunity to educate our members about federal issues affecting cities and launch lobbying efforts around our 2014 federal priorities. Among the priorities this year is supporting community resilience. By raising awareness on

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Resilient Infrastructure and Energy Savings to be Focus of 3rd Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30

This post was written by Steve Creech, Executive Director of the Wyland Foundation. The facts about water shortages are indisputable. Yet, by and large, we tend to think of these shortages as temporary problems, without giving thought to the fact that a changing climate, growing populations, an aging water delivery infrastructure and increasing demands for

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Building on What Works to Create Opportunity for Young Men of Color

During his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama called on the philanthropic and business communities to help his Administration come up with solutions to the myriad challenges faced by young men and boys of color. He stated, “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new

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Teaming up to Capitalize on Natural Beauty: Knoxville and Knox County, TN

In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the third post in this series, written by  Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN and Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, TN. We’re moving in Knoxville,

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President’s Task Force Supports Local Efforts to Address Climate Change

This post was written by C. Forbes Tompkins and Christina DeConcini of the World Resources Institute (WRI). The post originally appeared on WRI’s blog. News of California’s epic drought continues to reverberate around the nation. Not only have millions of Californians been cut off from their usual water supply, but the drought is threatening the

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Improving Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the second post in this series, and was written by L. Dennis Michael, the Mayor of the City of Rancho Cucamonga, California. As a Let’s Move!

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5 ways to Connect City Hall to Capitol Hill at the Congressional City Conference

NLC’s annual Congressional City Conference is taking place in our nation’s capital from March 8th through the 12th this year. This event is an opportunity to network and share best practices with  over 2,000 local and appointed city officials. It’s also the only event that brings representatives from across local governments together to advocate for a

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60 Minutes Profiles Nashville, while Dallas Convenes Landlords to Bring Veterans Home

Last night on 60 Minutes, the 100,000 Homes Campaign was profiled for their work with cities and other stakeholders across the country to change how we address homelessness. While Nashville was highlighted in the segment, other communities, such as Dallas, are also taking bold steps to bring together the necessary partners to ensure veterans and

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