Category: Community

How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a critical means of connecting with the public as well. This is a guest post by Sarah Williamson-Baker and Sarah Gaskill. Every

Continue reading

8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact of the arts in their community. This is a guest post by Jay Dick. The arts and culture

Continue reading

6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement

The city’s Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents. This is a guest post by Linda Harris. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the

Continue reading

An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis

We meet Paul Young, one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) fellows and director of housing and community development for the city of Memphis, Tennessee, to discuss the city’s equitable economic development priorities, how the Memphis EED project is progressing, and his experience as a EED Fellow. This post is part of a series on

Continue reading

Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are underfunded. This is a guest post by Mayor Jim Kenney. This past month, Philadelphia had the honor of hosting the National League of

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading