Category: Community

Three Ways to Build a Best Practices Toolkit

Whether you’re a newly elected official or an experienced hand, learning from fellow city leaders and building a best a practices toolkit is part of the job. And at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) 2018 Summer Conference, best practices are the name of the game. Hosted in Hollywood, Florida, this July

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How Local Leaders Can Build Momentum on Climate Solutions

In America, most local leaders don’t run for city council, county commissioner, or mayor solely to solve climate change. But its challenges are now present in our communities — along with opportunities to solve them. Despite lingering disagreement about the causes of climate change, its impacts have reached cities and towns across America. That is

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What City Leaders Should Know about the Supreme Court’s Union Ruling

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held 5-4 in Janus v. AFSCME that state statutes allowing public sector employers and unions to agree that employees who don’t join the union must still pay their “fair share” of collective bargaining costs violate the First Amendment. The court also held that employees must “affirmatively consent” to join the

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America’s Homeowners are Financially Unprepared for an Emergency

When researchers ask the average American whether they could handle the cost of an unexpected home repair project, the answer is simple: no. That lack of financial preparedness is compounded by the fact that many homeowners do not understand what their homeowner’s insurance actually covers. This leaves many American homeowners in a tough spot when

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In Malibu, Local Climate Action With a Global Conservation Goal

While America’s major metropolitan cities often take center stage in national issues, the country’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. This June, we’re highlighting small cities looking to the future as part of Small Cities Month 2018. When he was 14 years old, Mayor Rick Mullen remembers reading the Sea

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In Dublin, California, an Affordable Housing Success Story

While America’s major metropolitan cities often take center stage in national issues, the country’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. This June, we’re highlighting small cities looking to the future as part of Small Cities Month 2018. The Arroyo Vista public housing development, the only such venue in

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What is a Fiscally Healthy City?

In February 2015, the city of Stockton, California, exited municipal bankruptcy. One core way that the city achieved fiscal solvency was by cutting services. Although this approach was necessary given the circumstances, fiscal health came with a price. As it turns out, balancing the budget ran counter to alleviating income and racial disparities. “We cut

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Empowering Change in Atlanta

Picture this: overgrown fields lush with green grass and weeds after three weeks of rain; a crumbling concrete gate lined with barbed wire and barricades; abandoned office buildings with blacked out windows. Dozens of red-bricked houses built in a style that reads more 1800 than 2020. This is Fort McPherson, a former military base in

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Small Cities Looking to the Future

When you think of the word “city”, what do you picture? Is it skyscrapers rising over the horizon? Or is it industry — people in suits pouring over state-of-the-art laptops? Maybe it’s billboards glittering with the latest advertisement and lights that just don’t seem to turn off. So often when we think of cities, we

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5 Reasons Why Cities Should Hire Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

This is a guest post by Shannon Kendrick, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Peace Corps. South Sioux City, Nebraska. Nashville, Tennessee. Chicago. Los Angeles. What do each of these cities have in common? As Employers of National Service, each recognizes the value that volunteers bring to the workplace — once they’ve returned

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