Category: Cities – General

Innovation and Cities: Reframing the Dialogue

The first installment in a series on “Innovation and Cities” These are tough times for cities, economically and politically.  Our own research points to a period of managed retrenchment where city leaders are confronted with undesirable choices — cuts in vital services, laying off personnel, delaying needed infrastructure investments, to name a few.  But, times

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Congress Shouldn’t Act as a National Zoning Board

Seven years after the Supreme Court affirmed the right of cities to use eminent domain to secure land for proposed private commercial development, and after more than 40 States that have reassessed and limited their own state eminent domain laws in response, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is still seeking to legislatively overturn the

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The Latest in Economic Development – 2.23.12

This week’s blog entry explores the economics behind Major League Baseball’s spring training, looks deeper into “Smart Growth” strategies, provides small business hiring poll results, and explains Richard Florida’s take on Obama’s manufacturing focus.  Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. As Major League Baseball returns to its sunny spring training

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The Latest in Economic Development – 2.16.12

This week’s blog entry explores the complicated issue of FDI from China, highlights a few recommendations for economic development in the face of a stagnant economy, and uncovers recently released job creation figures from the “app economy.” Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. Should the United States actively seek investment

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Payroll Tax Cut Deal Paves Way for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

The following was written by Mitchel Herckis, Principal Associate for Federal Relations In these difficult times, it seems rare that we can tout a bipartisan victory that helps cities and towns across the nation.  However, this week Congress has the opportunity to take a major step forward in replacing the current patchwork of voice-only first

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The Latest in Economic Development – 2.9.12

This week’s blog entry showcases a successful approach to regional collaboration, highlights a proactive program for workforce development, explores a community-driven strategy for urban development, and makes the case that small businesses should be open to exporting. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. Regional collaboration is usually big on ideas,

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Disappointed by the House Ways and Means Committee

The following post was written by Leslie Wollack, Program Director at the National League of Cities. NLC is disappointed in the vote by the House Ways and Means Committee to change the way public transportation is funded…a funding structure that has provided highway and transit programs with dedicated and dependable funding for over thirty years.  

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The Latest in Economic Development – 2.2.12

This week’s blog entry explains new progress in entrepreneurial-focused federal legislation, explores the upward trend in U.S. exports, highlights Oklahoma City’s successful growth strategy, focuses on lessons learned from Michael Bloomberg and Cornell’s ambitious project, and discovers a startup that helps startups. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. Are we

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Curitiba’s Former Mayor Lerner Offers Valuable Reflections on Designing Sustainable Cities

Last week, Embarq, in conjunction with the other major players in the development world (think: international banks), hosted the ninth annual “Transforming Transportation” Conference to share model practices,  meet with colleagues doing similar work, and address sustainable transport issues worldwide.  This year’s conference focused on “scaling up” – that is, finding ways to emulate/adapt/multiply current

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Educational Diamond in the Bronx

With an eye to the large numbers of local young people who do not finish high school and thus find themselves ill-prepared to join the workforce or pursue further schooling, city and town leaders would do well to turn attention to an educational diamond in the Bronx known as CUNY Prep . New York City

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