Category: city administration

Urban Parks Transcend National Politics

The benefits of public green spaces within, or accessible to, urban areas are much greater than are often immediately understood. Here’s how cities stand to gain from increasing access to parks. This is a guest post by Jaime B. Matyas. As the nation seeks to unite after a contentious presidential election, areas of shared commitment

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Congratulations President Trump – Now Let’s Work Together

Regardless of party affiliation and policy disagreements, the model of local input in the federal process over the recent years should be replicated, not rejected. This is a guest post by Mayor Craig Thurmond. Today, hundreds of thousands gather in Washington, D.C. to witness the 58th Inauguration in American history. People have traveled across the

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Improving Community Health in the Garden State

Guest author Deborah Levine shares with mayors and community leaders her city’s blueprint for coordinating better overall health outcomes in their communities. This is a guest post by Deborah Levine. New Jersey is geographically, economically and ethnically diverse. We are also diverse in terms of health outcomes. Life expectancy, for example, varies widely across the

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Connecting the Dots: Leveraging Community Benefit Programs with City Leadership

 “When you look at maps of neighboring communities and ZIP codes and see significant disparities in life expectancy within a couple of miles – sometimes blocks – you’re compelled to advance policies to address those gaps in a meaningful way.” – Mayor David Baker of Kenmore, Washington. This is a guest post by Nancy Zuech

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How Cities Can Prepare for the New OPEB Accounting Requirements

This is a guest post by Les Richmond, pension actuary for Build America Mutual. The new Government Accounting Standards Board changes described in this posting have implications for all cities. Here are some suggestions for cities that offer retiree healthcare benefits and sponsor those benefits themselves. Beginning in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018,

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Five Ways Your City Can Benefit from the “Solar in Your Community” Challenge

Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the Challenge supports local teams across the country in their efforts to develop programs or projects that bring solar to their communities. This is a guest post by Odette Mucha. In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in

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The Secret to a Healthier City: Sharing Data

To be effective and strategic in their decision-making, city leaders striving to build a culture of health need diverse, usable, high-quality data sources that are integrated, timely, relevant and geographically precise. This post was co-authored by Peter Eckart, Alison Rein and Nick Wallace. Data can be a powerful tool for understanding issues, making smarter decisions,

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ADA Requirements Affect Your City. This Webinar Will Show How Seattle and San Antonio are Rising to the Challenge.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host a webinar on how cities can comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and improve outcomes for young adults with mental illness. Nationwide, cities and their partners continue to experiment with ways to avoid taking young adults

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Top 5 Most Popular NLC Blog Posts of 2016

This year saw a number of posts that reached thousands of readers and were shared widely on social media. Here are the top five, in no particular order. 7 Ways City Leaders Can Address Racial Inequities City leaders must step up to take the lead with their police departments and community members to address racial inequities

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Seven Cities Work with NLC to Build Early Learning Communities

City teams heard from a panel of three national experts about the area where workplace and economic support policies intersect with early childhood education. Earlier this month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) brought local leaders from seven cities together in Washington, D.C. as part of its City Leadership for Building an

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