Category: Cities – General

What $24 Billion Means to Cities

According to Standard & Poor’s, the cost of the 16-day federal government shutdown was $24 billion.  Twenty-four billion dollars! Twenty-four billion dollars can make a huge difference to cities and the people who live in them.  To drive home the point, I’d like to show you how that same $24 billion could be spent over

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Connecting with Congress during the Government Shutdown

The ongoing government shutdown hasn’t just frozen vital federal programs and funding streams, it has also made it difficult for citizens frustrated by the gridlock to reach their members of Congress. Federal agencies were not the only organizations forced to furlough thousands of employees – Members of Congress also sent most of their Washington and

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Workforce Development Programs across America Are Shutting Down

A week ago I wrote a blog about the threat that the shutdown poses to Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs. The post noted that “as the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will be able to continue to operate.” Unfortunately, these questions are being answered, and

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Restarting the House Immigration Debate

Before the government shutdown, Members of Congress and their constituents were talking about important city issues, immigration among them. NLC joins the chorus of voices asking the House of Representatives to move on a common sense approach to immigration reform.  For cities, the issue  is an economic one; immigrants bring incredible talent and energy to

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The Federal Government Shutdown: Its Impact on Employment

As the second full week of the federal government shutdown comes to an end, the impact is being felt. Government workers, for example, are not the only workers being affected. Many more people, many in the private sector, are now finding themselves unemployed. Private sector government contractors including the consulting giant Booz-Allen and the engineering

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The Great Leadership Divide

While the U.S. government is stalled and wallowing in its own political dysfunction, I spent last week in the midst of some 3,000 movers and shakers representing the municipal movement on a world-wide scale. These city leaders and professional staff from national municipal associations were gathered in Rabat, Morocco for the World Summit of Local

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The Federal Government Shutdown: Its Impact on the Nation’s Poor and Elderly

In a previous blog we wrote about the impact of the federal shutdown on workers, and the fact that unemployment is likely to spike as both public and private sector workers temporarily lose their jobs. But sadly, that is only the tip of the iceberg. The federal government shutdown is taking its toll on our

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Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs in Danger of Shutting Down

A week ago, we thought that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), were safe from the impacts of the federal government shutdown. Now, we’re not so sure. As the shutdown drags on, serious questions are being raised as to how long some WIA programs will

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Solar Energy Shines its Way into the Mainstream

News Flash! The more electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar, the less need there is to “build big new power plants and transmission lines.” Yes, that’s exactly the point of why this country should invest in solar technologies, and why many consumers already have invested in solar panels for their homes and businesses.

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Shutdown Means A Road Less Traveled for Furloughed Workers

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day with no resolution in sight, cities are already starting to feel the impacts on transportation infrastructure. If Congress cannot come to an agreement quickly, city residents will be increasingly affected by the loss of federal transportation dollars, and the lack of federal personnel on the

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