Category: Community

Top 5 Most Popular NLC Blog Posts of 2016

This year saw a number of posts that reached thousands of readers and were shared widely on social media. Here are the top five, in no particular order. 7 Ways City Leaders Can Address Racial Inequities City leaders must step up to take the lead with their police departments and community members to address racial inequities

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Cities Remember Homeless Deaths, Commit to Creating Solutions

December 21 is marked as Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day. More than 100 communities across 39 states will hold memorial services and provide personal remembrances for those that have been lost.  On a bitterly cold winter morning in Boston nearly 15 years ago, I arrived at work to start my day doing outreach to women and men

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New NLC Task Force to Focus on Expanding Economic Opportunity

Launched by NLC President Matt Zone, the task force will pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches, and education and training for city officials. This post was co-authored by Courtney Coffin and Heidi Goldberg. “Cities are where hope meets

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McAllen Targets Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety with Run, Ride & Share Campaign

The city of McAllen’s awareness campaign is a story of local partnerships in action. This is a guest post by Veronica Whitacre. After four tragic deaths across South Texas, leaders from the city of McAllen, Texas, partnered with community activists and concerned citizens to address safety on city streets and highways. Created in 2014, our

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Seven Ways Cities Can Support Small Businesses During the Holidays

Efforts to shop small and shop locally are especially critical because they bolster the local economy – and since local sales taxes are often not collected for online purchases, encouraging residents to support local merchants is also a fiscal win for many cities. ‘Tis the season for spending money. The latest National Retail Federation survey

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Unpredictable Work Schedules Can Lead to an Unstable Family Life. Here’s How Cities Can Help.

Many workers in hourly, low-wage jobs struggle to manage their lives while navigating difficult work schedules, but several cities have taken action recently to address the challenge and promote a healthier workforce. Two days each week, Andrea R. is usually scheduled to work what her fellow employees call the “clopen” shift. She closes the doors of

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How Cities Can Train Police Officers Not to Shoot

American soldiers are provided with extensive training that outlines strict rules of engagement and emphasizes the use of force as a last resort. Why aren’t we providing our police officers with the same level of training? Police shootings occur nearly every day in America. Many are justified, but many are unnecessary and avoidable. When investigations

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How the City of Fort Collins is Making Community Resiliency a Reality

“Our city’s leaders believe that assessing and improving resilience offers assurance to our citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders that our community will be stronger and a better place to live.” This is a guest post by Fort Collins, Colorado, Mayor Pro Tem Gerry Horak. Fort Collins has learned some valuable lessons about resilience owing to

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A Smarter Way to Make Smart Cities

Though it may seem counterintuitive, small interventions powered by small companies can have almost as large of an impact on cities as expensive, big business projects for only a fraction of the price. Songdo, South Korea has been billed as the world’s first “smart city.” (Image: Gale International) This is a guest post by Isabel

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19 Startups Shaping the Future of the Sharing Economy

This is a guest post by Tristan Pollock. Technologies are shaping the future of the sharing economy in a way that’s enabling a return to small town life – and allowing for stronger connections to our neighbors, for better or for worse. (Credit: andrewgenn/Getty Images) Right now, there are battles being fought in our cities.

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