Category: Economic Development

From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum

City leaders looking to increase economic success and opportunity in their communities can benefit from NLC’s mission to connect local governments with private-sector thought leaders. For local leaders, making their communities economically successful is often at the top of their to-do lists. Not only are they responsible for attracting new business to their city, but

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The State of America’s Cities in 2017, According to Mayors

While the national outlook in America has changed drastically in just a short period of time, one thing has remained constant: mayors are focused on achieving real results for their communities by lifting up their constituents in spirit and increasing their opportunities for success. Each year, mayors across the country deliver State of the City

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The Nuanced New World of Economic Development Incentives

Beyond the black-and-white debates of the past, local governments are taking strengths, weaknesses and social equity into account. This post was originally published in Governing. With high-profile local-government economic development deals making headlines and the availability of new transparency data on public giveaways, the tax-incentive debate is in the spotlight in a serious way. The

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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

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Equity and Economic Development Must Go Hand in Hand

Traditional approaches don’t always work. Cities need to be intentional about targeting their economic development programs at the people and communities that are increasingly distant from the growth sectors of their local and regional economies. This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone. It was first published in the 25th

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NLC, LinkedIn Use Data to Help Six Cities Expand Access to Higher Education and Workforce Development

As part of the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families’ Kresge Foundation-funded work, the National League of Cities (NLC) has teamed up with LinkedIn to provide six cities data support in their efforts to increase postsecondary and workforce success in their communities. The partnership gives the cities — Austin, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; Corpus Christi,

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President’s Budget Threatens Cities’ Ability to Act on Environmental & Infrastructure Issues

Cuts in the administration’s budget proposal threaten funds that cities rely on to invest in water management, clean energy and revitalization efforts across the country. Here’s how these cuts could impact your city. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their

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Mayor Sal Panto Testifies for Brownfields Redevelopment Funding

“Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate helps us create jobs in distressed communities while simultaneously improving public health and safety.” On Tuesday, Mayor Sal Panto of Easton, Pa., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee to advocate for brownfields redevelopment funding. Mayor Panto, Chair of the NLC

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NLC Announces 2017 SolSmart City Challenge

Cities can earn national recognition and prizes by showcasing their support for solar energy. Solar energy experienced a record-setting year in 2016 as 14,762 megawatts of solar PV became operational across the U.S. For the first time ever, solar energy was the leading source of new electric generating capacity added to the U.S. energy mix,

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NLC President Matt Zone Defends Brownfields Redevelopment Funding in Washington

In his testimony, President Zone offered three suggestions on how Congress could increase or maintain funding for the EPA Brownfields Program, increase the overall grant funding to allow communities to cleanup more difficult sites, and resolve the disincentives created by potential liability to facilitate reuse of brownfields properties. On Tuesday, National League of Cities President

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