Category: General

State of the Cities in 2011: What Are Mayors Saying About Economic Development?

This is the fourth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. In various “State of the City” addresses, local leaders stressed that the best way to improve their city’s economic position is to increase investment within the city, which they admit is no easy task.  Whether it’s through promoting second

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State of the Cities in 2011: Building a More Efficient Government

This is the second in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. In a nation where fiscal responsibility is in the spotlight, and groups are grappling for funding, the “State of the City” addresses we read clearly show that city governments are in search of ways to balance their budgets. Unfortunately,

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The State of the Cities in 2011

This is the first in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. From our office in Washington, D.C., NLC staff address local issues on behalf of city leaders from across the country.  We think we know where city leaders’ heads are, but how do they actually view their cities’ progress?  And

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Ideas Require a Team to Carry Them Forward

The New York Times called John Fetterman of Braddock, Pennsylvania the “Mayor of Rust.” To his credit, the mayor accepts the moniker as a compliment. To be sure, there are many accomplishments for which Mayor Fetterman can be proud. He has embraced land banks, urban agriculture, and green roofing as initiatives to revitalize his community.

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Investing in People and Places

For the United States to remain globally competitive, our economy – especially its workforce – needs to continue to improve, adapt and innovate. The key strength of American enterprise has always been innovation. Here, in the rough and tumble competition of the marketplace, the lone entrepreneur toiling in the garage is the patron saint of

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Crying Wolf about Municipal Defaults

‘Tis the season of white elephant gifts, a popular holiday game where participants exchange gifts whose value exceeds their usefulness. Unfortunately, it is also the season of Wall Street analysts crying wolf about the municipal bond market – warning of white elephant projects and near-bankruptcy state and local governments. Wall Street analyst Meredith Whitney leads

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Communities Don’t Build Themselves

Most people have never heard of Bob Holmes, Egidio Teixeira and Nelson Merced. Likewise, the names of George McLean and Vaughn Grisham mean very little to most folks anywhere in America. However, for the residents of Dudley Street in Boston or to the small business owners in Tupelo, Mississippi, these names, when uttered, evoke the

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Kobe, Days 2 and 3: From Questions to Answers — The need for local leadership

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. What appeared to be a conference without answers was rapidly transformed on the second day into a conference with significant answers on how governments can work toward improving the health of their residents and citizens.  The answers, the conferees agreed,

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The View from The 45th Floor

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. Last week while in Japan, I had the privilege of meeting with representatives from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in their 45 story headquarters building in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.  The twin towers and the adjoining Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly building are visible

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A Conference Burdened by Questions and an Apparent Lack of Answers: Day One of the World Health Organization’s Global Forum on Urbanization and Health

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. The first day of the Global Forum on Urbanization and Health was filled with questions that seemed unanswerable.  The presentations by representatives from sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East, North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia and South Asia raised numerous

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