Category: Economic Development

Keeping the American Dream Alive

This is a guest post by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland. The promise of economic mobility and opportunity lies at the heart of America’s culture and democratic society. At its core, this promise hinges on two basic concepts: first, that everyone has a chance to improve their economic status and wellbeing through personal initiative

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How Austin, Texas Got Equitable Economic Development Right

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Kevin Johns is the Economic Development Director for the City of Austin. This week I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin about Austin’s Einstein Challenge, an innovative program looking to lift out of poverty 40,000 children in the city. Carlos

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Announcing Our 2017 Equitable Economic Development Fellowship Cities

For NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship Program, June 5-8 were very special dates. After a year providing extensive technical assistance to the inaugural cohort cities of Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, the EED Program team introduced the new cohort: Austin, Baltimore, Louisville, Nashville, Phoenix and Sacramento. The EED Fellowship provides one year

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How Will Amazon Choose its Second Headquarters?

Last week, Amazon accepted final bids in the host city competition for its second headquarters. Over 200 cities applied across North America, with pitches that ranged from exhaustive to persuasive to seemingly stunt-based. With the bidding period closed, the ball is now in Amazon’s court. But how will the tech giant choose a winner? For

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Why a Regional Bid May Land HQ2

Proposals to capture one of the most coveted economic development deals in history — Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2 — are due. While some cities (here and here) have not been swayed to join the hunt, there are no doubt hundreds of submissions, and nearly the same amount of speculation about which one of these

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How One City is Connecting Start-Ups and City Government

This is a guest post by Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, California. During my nearly 30 years in government, I have been fortunate to work alongside countless hard-working, brilliant colleagues. The City of San Francisco flourishes because of the dedication, commitment and resolve of its 30,000 employees. While our talented workforce does great things

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Milwaukee

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 post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship.  Martha Brown, Ken Little and Matt Haessly are part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship team from Milwaukee.

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Four Ways to Fund Effective Economic Development In Your City

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. It also demands funding — for investing in infrastructure, programs, education, and incentives. Most communities use a mixture of strategies and funding sources to support economic development programs and initiatives. Some municipalities are also exploring the use of innovative tools and financing mechanisms.

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The NLC Summer Road Trip In Partnership With LinkedIn: How Charleston Creates a City of Opportunity

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. On our first stop, we discover how the city of Charleston, South Carolina, uses data to create more equitable opportunities for all its residents. This post was co-authored by Dana D’Orazio and

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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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