Category: Community

6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This guest post by Linda Harris originally ran on June 8, 2017. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Minneapolis

Jim Terrell works in community planning and economic development policy for the city of Minneapolis. This week, he talks about the city’s new Access to Capital program and why an equitable approach to economic development is a priority for Mayor Betsy Hodges. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED)

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Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)

New research shows cities that prioritize the maintenance of public spaces and community assets are more likely to inspire civic trust, stewardship and participation in public life. Here are three key findings — and three ways city leaders can incorporate them in their communities. This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber. This is the

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Follow NLC and LinkedIn on a Summer Road Trip

The National League of Cities and LinkedIn are visiting six cities this summer to promote equity, education and employment and create a model that all cities can use to boost economic opportunities for their residents. This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and Audrey M. Hutchinson. This is the first post in a series on

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Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Jeremy Sigmon and Cooper Martin. Last week, an inspirational group of mayors, senior city officials, and nationally-recognized experts gathered in Stowe, Vermont, for the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit, hosted by the National League of Cities (NLC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Against

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Hope Is a Vineyard

All cities have blighted neighborhoods with potential that simply need a little sun and water to grow, and it’s micro-level community efforts that constitute that nourishment. Guest author Jack Calhoun shares an inspiring story from the streets of Baltimore that illustrates the power of hope in creating change in our communities. This is a guest

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Boston

John Smith and Jason Ewas work in economic development policy for the city of Boston. This week, they share how equity plays a central role in Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s economic development agenda. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Carlos Delgado: John and Jason, thank you for

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30 Great Ideas from America’s Small Cities

Happy Independence Day! At the National League of Cities (NLC), we’re proud to represent all 16,000 of America’s cities, towns, villages, hamlets and communities. It’s our belief that every city matters and deserves to have a voice — regardless of size, location, or history. That’s why throughout June we’ve celebrated Small Cities Month, highlighting our

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How Miami Helps Residents Afford Quality Health Care

In 2016, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reported that spending on prescription drugs in the United States rose 12% from 2015 rates. While the future of healthcare remains uncertain at the federal level, city leaders must continue to provide their residents with access to the resources they need. Last week, the City of Miami,

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Mayors Embrace Inclusive Values Amidst Hate

Mayors play an important role in reinforcing the values of their cities and their residents. When tensions and uncertainty across the nation are very high, mayors have a responsibility to remind us what we have in common, foster values of inclusivity, and reject hatred and violence. The implicit biases, or unconscious prejudices, wired into our

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