Category: city administration

8 Ways Cities Can Prepare for the Future of Work

We know that automation and artificial intelligence will have a great impact on the future of work, play, and life – but we shouldn’t jump to the assumption that this will be a net negative. This post originally appeared on Business Insider. The post was republished with permission. Fundamental shifts in society are upending the

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Arrested Development: Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, we often feature TED Talks focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week’s talk is presented by Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. A 9th grader charged

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Affordable Housing is the Real Issue Behind the Oakland Warehouse Fire

Clutter, code enforcement, and safety regulations are simply distractions. Here’s how city leaders can prevent tragedies like the Ghost Ship fire in their own communities. The tragedy of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland earlier this month may be a difficult one for cities to absorb. How much was the fire a result of the

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Seven Ways Cities Can Support Small Businesses During the Holidays

Efforts to shop small and shop locally are especially critical because they bolster the local economy – and since local sales taxes are often not collected for online purchases, encouraging residents to support local merchants is also a fiscal win for many cities. ‘Tis the season for spending money. The latest National Retail Federation survey

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Two Reasons Why the 21st Century Cures Act is Good for Cities

The passage of the bill is an important step towards ensuring federal support for local efforts to address substance abuse and mental health needs, particularly when it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic. This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman. Today the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act with overwhelming

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4 Reasons Why e-Fairness is Good for City Economies

The online sales tax loophole isn’t just an unfair disadvantage for local businesses – it also prevents cities from collecting the taxes already owed to them on remote online purchases. As we enter the season of gift-giving, local officials should be aware of an issue that costs their cities billions of dollars every year: the

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The First Amendment is Not the Last Word at Public Meetings

Managing public comments at city council meetings isn’t easy. Review this framework to be prepared for disruptions. This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane. In this country today, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our civil liberty. The freedoms that it lists are crucial to our society. When

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How Cities Can Train Police Officers Not to Shoot

American soldiers are provided with extensive training that outlines strict rules of engagement and emphasizes the use of force as a last resort. Why aren’t we providing our police officers with the same level of training? Police shootings occur nearly every day in America. Many are justified, but many are unnecessary and avoidable. When investigations

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A Smarter Way to Make Smart Cities

Though it may seem counterintuitive, small interventions powered by small companies can have almost as large of an impact on cities as expensive, big business projects for only a fraction of the price. Songdo, South Korea has been billed as the world’s first “smart city.” (Image: Gale International) This is a guest post by Isabel

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NLC Hosts 2015 State Municipal League Summer Meetings

This is a guest post by Emma Lieberth. Every year, the National League of Cities organizes two annual conferences for the 49 state municipal leagues. This year, the State Municipal League Staff Workshop was held in Philadelphia, Penn., from July 15-17 and the State Municipal League Executive Directors Workshop was held in Detroit, August 4-7.

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