Category: General

Dubuque Gets Engaged

This post was written by Candace Eudaley, Assistant Executive Director at the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) in Dubuque, Iowa. ECIA is a council of governments serving Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson Counties in eastern Iowa.  This post was written in conjunction with a recently released report from NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute: “Dubuque Gets

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Supreme Court Decides Takings Case

In the Supreme Court’s last week in session at the end of June the major opinions of the term are issued.  This year was no exception.  The Court issued rulings in two same-sex marriage cases, struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and issued a ruling regarding affirmative action in universities.  While it

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Are City Efforts to Improve Child Outcomes Producing Results?

City leaders are working harder than ever to improve the odds for children, youth and families.  They are increasingly leading initiatives to boost educational achievement, not only for students in K-12 public schools, but also for young children, out-of-school youth and those striving to complete a postsecondary education.  They are at the forefront of local

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Can Cities Survive on Love Alone?

Although For the Love of Cities by Peter Kageyama was published in 2011, the book, concept and author have been gaining popularity recently by a breadth of cities and city-loving organizations. Kageyama calls for city leaders to take on the task of giving “love notes” to the community. Yes, that right, love notes or emotional

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Federal Afterschool Policy Proposals Could Have a Big Impact on Your City

With a substantial number of school-aged children and youth in need of engaging activities beyond the regular school calendar, city leaders can play important roles in supporting programs that create a positive and supportive environment for younger residents during the afterschool hours. Researchers have consistently found that access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs

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Getting Data in Gear

This post was written by Stephen Goldsmith and originally appeared on the Data-Smart Cities Solutions website on June 11, 2013. Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former mayor of Indianapolis and Deputy

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Cities Make Progress Toward Ending Veteran Homelessness; More Cities Join the Effort

Last week in Los Angeles, the 100,000 Homes Campaign sponsored the latest Veteran’s Boot Camp that brought together stakeholders from communities in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and California. The event comes in the wake of progress being reported by cities who participated in an earlier boot camp held in Tampa, Florida in April. This latest “Veteran’s

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Night Time is the Right Time for Mobile Vending in Philadelphia

This blog post is part of a series on mobile vending, and is based on a presentation to NLC’s Big Ideas for Small Business Peer Network on Philadelphia’s Night Market. Thank you to Diana Lu, Director of Partnerships and Outreach for the 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Philadelphia Department of Commerce, for assistance with this blog post.  In spring

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Dropout Reengagement Surges in Washington State

With a May 20 statewide meeting among representatives of 88 school districts, community colleges, community-based organization partners, and the City of Seattle, Washington State surged into new prominence in the national dropout reengagement field. In one way, Washington stands in a place of its own, since the passage of Washington House Bill 1418 and the establishment of

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Book Review: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Inner-city slums.  Rural isolation.  The affluent suburbs.  For decades, these terms have demarcated the mental boundaries of our nation’s collective understanding of the geography of poverty and wealth in America. Yet this geography has been changing rapidly in recent years – and neither our perceptions nor our poverty reduction policies are keeping pace. In a

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