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Afterschool Programs Advance Educational, Life Success of Nation’s Youth

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. Many working families would agree that lengthening the typical school day by up three hours would better align with the typical 8-5 workday. That school day extension may not be music to the ears

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Could Franchise Agreements Help Your City Reach 100% Renewable Energy?

As of today, 138 cities have formally announced 100% renewable energy goals or targets, while others are actively considering similar goals. Cities have a wide variety of renewable energy procurement options to help them achieve their goals. One such option available to cities is leveraging an electric franchise agreement to partner with their local utility on new

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The Risk of Another Government Shutdown is Increasing

This week, Congress is expected to extend their deadline again for passing the twelve annual spending bills. Following the first deadline of October 1st, the start of a new fiscal year, Congress voted to extend the deadline to November 22nd.  With the new deadline rapidly approaching, Congress is expected to give themselves additional time by

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How San Antonio is Building a Startup Culture

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: Kate Kinnison, R&D Administrator for the

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Ensuring Children Get Healthy Meals After School

The Food Research & Action Center’s (FRAC) new report, Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation, found that 1.3 million children were served afterschool suppers in October 2018, a 10.4 percent increase from October 2017. Unfortunately, the program still falls short of the need. Nationally, only 1 child received an afterschool supper for every 16 children

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Regreening Cities: Strategies to Build Resilience and Community

By Laura Huffman, regional director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas Cities are on the front lines of climate change and have committed to meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement even as the Trump Administration has declared its intentions to withdraw. The administration is now finalizing that decision, and while disappointing, it also underscores the

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New FCC Resources on Disaster Response and Public Safety

There are new recommendations out from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that local elected officials should use as resources around improving emergency communications. This set of four reports comes from the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC), a group of state, local, tribal, and territorial officials appointed by the FCC leadership to develop recommendations on communications policy matters

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6 New Cities to Address Health Hazards in Housing

Health and success begin at home, yet millions of Americans live in housing that is making them sick. Young children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning and asthma. NLC is committed to supporting member efforts to provide safe and affordable housing for every family. NLC has selected six cities through a competitive application process to

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Expanding Childcare to Promote Economic Development and Housing

Fort Collins, Colorado entered the Cities of Opportunity pilot cohort, an initiative to work in a comprehensive way to improve health and equity, with the intention to focus on housing. The city’s team evolved to focus instead on childcare availability—exemplifying the Cities of Opportunity approach to meet cities where they are. The Fort Collins team

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5 Steps Your City Can Take to Boost Building Energy Efficiency by 10%

The year-long process to develop the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code culminates with cities’ online vote beginning November 18. In just a few days, cities across the country have a golden opportunity to boost the efficiency of America’s Model Building Energy Code (the International Energy Conservation Code, or IECC) by at least 10%. Buildings are

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