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Untying the Knot of Incarceration, Part 2

Federal Policy:  Where we are, and ways forward This is the second in a two-part series on incarceration and its impact. As national arguments continue over the cost of government at all levels, one area where reform could mean tens of billions of dollars in savings is not receiving a great deal of attention: incarceration.  Proven

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Broadband in the United States

It isn’t new news that the United States lags in broadband adoption and download speeds.  The United States was one of the world leaders on broadband penetration in the 1990s, ranking fourth among other developed and developing nations.  But by 2006, the U.S.’s standing slipped drastically, according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development,

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Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores connecting skills to industry needs, up and coming entrepreneurial hot-spots, and the proliferation of incubators and accelerators. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Both booming cities and struggling towns are reexamining the linkages between industry and skills development as a

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Untying the Knot of Incarceration

Part 1 – Assisting Individuals and Communities through Reentry Services This is the first in a two-part series on incarceration and its impact on communities. 12 million individuals are released from local jails each year.  In fact, in an average three-week period, local jails have contact with as many people as state and federal prisons

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores manufacturing’s resurgence, making a place “creative,” and keeping and attracting foreign entrepreneurs and students. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Chatter about manufacturing’s resurgence in the U.S. is being fueled by moves to “reshore” production facilities, growth in advanced manufacturing

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“My pride is back”: Ending the shame of Veteran homelessness

With Memorial Day approaching, we may find our thoughts drifting to enjoying a few days with family and friends away from the rush of everyday life. But hopefully, for a least a moment, we will reflect on why this three-day weekend in late-May happens. For the more than 22 million veterans, this weekend is a

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How can cities best help disabled veterans?

During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, more than 48,000 men and women have been injured. To put that in some perspective, this is about the same number of people living in cities such as Concord, NH, Salina, KS or Olympia, WA. With both of these wars winding down, veterans are in need of homes that

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Digitizing Financial Literacy?

Last month, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling released its annual Consumer Financial Literacy Survey. The results added a bit of color to the picture that has been emerging since the recession of Americans’ financial literacy and stability, and it’s not necessarily pretty. According to the latest survey, more than half (56%) of adults do

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog highlights the results of a new small business survey, identifies how occupational licenses potentially hurt job growth, explores Oregon’s economic gardening strategy, and looks at the “Whole Foods Effect” and the implications of its new store in Detroit. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in

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Cybersecurity: A Crucial Issue for Local Governments

Right now, Congress is considering a myriad of bills on cybersecurity.  The most pitched public debate has surrounded the private sector, civil liberty, and privacy concerns.  However, state and local government participation is crucial to securing our citizens’ safety.  That’s why NLC and other state and local organizations sent leading stakeholders in Congress a letter with

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