Category: Economic Development

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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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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Community Development Financing: How Two Cities Are Improving Residents’ Quality of Life

These cities show how the Public Finance Authority can help your municipality finance its own economic development projects. Sixty-six percent of mayoral state of the city speeches this year included significant coverage on economic development, NLC recently reported in its 2017 State of the Cities report. City officials across the U.S. say that job creation,

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What Is the Future of Work in Cities?

From the agrarian societies of the 19th century to the modern digital workforce, the nature of our work and economy has always changed over time. These forces of change converge in cities, which act as epicenters of bold experimentation as well as unease about the future. Our newest video explores what might be ahead: While fear about technology’s potential to take away

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Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie. City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax code: the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare,

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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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