Category: General

Chicago’s Path to Better Regional Competitiveness

The city of Chicago stands high on a number of rankings that consider benchmarks such as economic output, educational attainment, public transit assets and quality of place. The numbers are pretty consistent across a number of research studies including the most recent one conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Restoring Trust in Government

This is the fourth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. The economy is slowly recovering from the debilitating effects of the Great Recession to a point that maybe, just maybe, will allow mayors to breathe a little easier.  But they certainly cannot rest their feet on the desk, put

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The Latest in Economic Development – 3.22.2012

This week’s blog explores New Orleans’ revitalized entrepreneurial culture, presents an alternative read on manufacturing jobs data, explains a couple policies meant to jump start startup creation, and highlights the use of contests to spark innovative solutions. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. With

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The Latest in Economic Development – 3.16.12

This week’s blog is focused primarily on workforce development and different strategies for job creation. We also explore the boom of US exports to China in the last 10 years and the increase in entrepreneurship among young people. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here.

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(Re)Imagining the Social Fabric of Our Cities

I staffed my first Congressional City Conference this past weekend.  As always, I knew that I’d blog about some exciting session or speaker, and throughout the weekend I was eagerly awaiting a sign that THIS was it—this was the ‘thing’ I should reflect on.  After the morning general session I was sure I’d write a

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Investing in People

Mayors across the country are in agreement that youth must reach higher educational standards and develop problem-solving, conceptual, and analytic skills previously reserved for only a small number of students. The reasons for these high expectations reflect broad social and technological changes that have unfolded over many decades and drastically altered the pathways to a

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NLC Launches Project #Cities2012

This year’s election will be one of the most important to date.  To influence the process, NLC launches Project #cities2012 to let all candidates – Presidential and Congressional – know what Washington must do to encourage city innovation. Using social media, local leaders will have the information and tools needed to engage citizens and candidates on

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State and Local Public Pensions – Let the Truth Be Told

By Neil Bomberg A General Accountability Office (GAO) study of state and local government pension plans released on Friday, March 2, confirmed what the National League of Cities (NLC) and many other national groups representing employers and state and local pension plans have been saying for years:  Public pensions are not facing a short-term crisis.

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