Category: Community

Census 2020: How to Count Hard-to-Count Communities

The census is one of the most basic functions of our federal system, requiring a count of every person in the United States every ten years. A precise count matters for city leaders because the results provide meaningful data for municipal operations as well as inform the allocation of more than $800 billion dollars of

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Building an Early Learning Nation—One Neighborhood Block at a Time

Last month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families brought local leaders from 14 cites together in Orlando, Fla. as part of its City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation initiative. During the meeting, local leaders had an opportunity to hear from Orlando city officials who are taking a neighborhood approach to build an

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Growing Entrepreneurs, 1 Million Cups at a Time

In my twelve-year tenure as the mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, only a handful of topics on mayors and cities captured the national attention in the same way as last year’s discussion on Amazon and their decision to open a competition among cities for a second headquarters. The best part of being mayor is the

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Building Networks to Support Veterans: A Path to Progress for All and a Matter of National Security

As the nation nears two decades of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, horrifying reports of suicides among veterans continue and underscore the crisis in mental health, social isolation, and resource coordination. In addition, as research by NLC has shown, veterans remain on the leading edge of one of the largest demographic changes we have ever seen

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Local Leaders Will be Our Climate Change Heroes

As another Earth Day approaches, I feel the need to make a confession related to something I heard at a climate conference two years ago. The speaker (who will remain anonymous), exclaimed to the jam-packed and dumbfounded room, “Folks, somehow, I am able to hold two totally contradictory ideas in my head at once: ONE

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Helping Cities Find Equitable Ways to Assess and Reform Fines and Fees

The National League of Cities (NLC) is assisting six member cities to assess and reform their use of local fines and fees and develop equitable collections strategies as part of the new Cities Addressing Fines and Fees Equitably (CAFFE) technical assistance and grant initiative. Cities chosen for the CAFFE cohort include: Aurora, Colorado; Baton Rouge,

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Reversing the Residual Effects of Redlining

A process beginning in the 1930s, redlining describes how banks and government agencies discriminated by race in determinations for federally-backed mortgages. At the March Congressional City Conference, local leaders used redlining maps of Baltimore and Muskegon, Mich. to examine the intersection between racial equity and affordable housing. “Housing is a key priority for NLC and

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How Local Leaders Can Help Our Most Vulnerable Young People

City governments and city leaders continuously grapple with the costs of the “deep end” of the juvenile justice system. Deep-end youth include the roughly 30,000 young people placed in detention facilities who may be better served in targeted community-based services in the city. Deep-end youth constitute our most vulnerable and marginalized young people. Many deep-end

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To Ames, With Love

Wondering why the National League of Cities is feeling so much love this Valentines Day? Learn more at nlc.org! Dearest Ames, I’m so happy to call you my adopted hometown. You know that when we first met back in 1991, I wasn’t impressed. As I drove through town on the way to meet my soon-to-be husband’s

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