Category: Community

An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Houston

We meet one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows, Gwendolyn Tillotson of Houston, and discuss how the city is reaching its most vulnerable communities and increasing their access to employment and job training opportunities. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Carlos Delgado: Gwen, thank you for

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How Youth Summer Jobs Build Long-Term Success

  America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW), a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth Education and Families, helps youth establish strong financial habits through its financial capability program. Last summer, 22 employers in 18 U.S. cities offered the program to over 21,000 youth employees. As youth employment programs ramp up

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Can Your City Stand to Lose Afterschool Funding?

The president’s budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion cut to school programs that will impact more than 1,600,000 children and their families. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don’t let Congress leave America’s cities behind

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How the City of Grand Rapids is Amplifying Local Voices to Connect Children with Nature

Dialogue between the city’s parks and recreation department and its schools and residents has resulted in a new environmentally-focused park system – built around local history and identity – that aims to connect children to nature. This is a guest post by David Marquardt and Catherine Zietse. On a sunny afternoon last fall, neighbors from

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Why the City of New Orleans Just Ended Cash Bail for Low-Risk Crimes

A new policy promises to save the city money and enable the court to tailor conditions to an individual rather than relying on a person’s ability to pay. In the past, low-income defendants who were charged with minor municipal offenses in New Orleans faced a quagmire. People with charges such as loitering or public intoxication

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Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

A new online resource with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models is available to city officials looking for positive results from their municipality’s juvenile justice system programs. This is a guest post by Elizabeth Seigle. Research and field experience have demonstrated that the substance of a particular juvenile justice policy, practice or program is

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How Cities Can Support & Finance a Culture of Health

What does it take to ensure cities are healthier places to live, learn, work and play? A strategy that engages the right stakeholders. This post was co-authored by Kevin Barnett, Colby Dailey and Sue Pechilio Polis. When leaders in local government, community development, and the health care system came together to develop a plan for

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Cities Can Lead National Effort to Get More Young People Working Again

Here are three specific areas in which cities and their partners can continue to demonstrate effective practices, adopt supportive policies, and determine what’s needed to grow initiatives that benefit more youth. “A country for all, and all working when able.” If more city leaders were to adopt this vision – along with those of us

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Kitchen and Farm Incubators Support Access to Local Food Systems

NLC’s newest municipal action guide provides an overview of food incubator programs as well as guidance on how local governments can support these emerging strategies to promote local entrepreneurship and strengthen local food systems. As the American Heart Association kicks off national American Heart Month, we are reminded about the importance of accessing healthy and

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