Category: Economic Mobility

This International Day of the Girl, City Leaders Should Think Globally and Act Locally

This is guest post by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. From climate change to gun control to issues of equity and access, cities around the world have a great responsibility and an even greater opportunity — we have the structures and resources to think globally while acting, and impacting, locally. Today, on the International Day

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The Future of Work for Opportunity Youth

Opportunity youth comprise a large share of the nearly five million 16-24 year olds out of school and out of work across the U.S. The group has one of the least secure footholds in the evolving structure of employment. Not only do these young people lack jobs; many also lack the training and credentials to

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Five Tips for Mayors in the Wake of Disruptive Technology

In a time of rapid technological change, how should mayors and other local elected officials make long-term investments? It seems like every day, a new study comes out claiming to predict how technology will redefine cities, work and daily life. Unfortunately, when it comes to writing about the future, modesty doesn’t sell and most reports

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Seven Strategies for Data-Driven Economic Development

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. Measuring the impact of economic development initiatives and projects can help city leaders determine whether they are meeting the needs of their community and local businesses. It’s important to point out that in the context of short-term political cycles, it may be tempting to stray

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New Nationwide Survey Examining Strategies for Workforce Development

City leaders across the country know well the direct connection between a city’s economic stability and its families’ financial health. They understand that family financial health begins with the stable and gainful employment of parents. The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families recently launched a city survey to learn about how cities

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Help NLC Learn About Workforce Strategies for Families

Does your city consider the unique needs of parents and families when designing workforce development strategies? Does it conduct targeted outreach to make sure parents know about jobs and training opportunities available to them? Recognizing the importance of family economic stability to the health and vitality of all cities, the National League of Cities Institute

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Cities Can Help Parents Realize Stable Employment

The National League of Cities (NLC) has embarked on a new effort to identify and support cities committed to improving financial stability for families by connecting parents to employment and skill advancement opportunities. This effort aims to help cities improve the economic well-being of families and communities by addressing the specific barriers that parents face

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Why Equity Matters for Amazon’s HQ2 Search

This is a special CitiesSpeak feature by Carlos Delgado, senior associate for the Rose Center for Public Leadership, and Aliza R. Wasserman, senior associate with NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) Initiative.  Since the announcement of the HQ2 shortlist, countless organizations and media outlets have examined both the stated criteria for Amazon’s decision and the outside

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Preemption Threatens Economic Development and Innovation

City leaders work every day to grow local ecosystems in their communities that support entrepreneurs. They do this in many ways – attracting and retaining talent, offering support services, and creating vibrant urban places. This work takes place in the urban sphere because innovation thrives in cities. Cities are central to the progress of our

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5 Ways to Boost Financial Security for Families in Your City

This is the final blog in a four-part series that highlights recommendations from NLC’s task force report “Keeping the American Dream Live: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.” Almost half of families in the United States do not have enough savings to support themselves for even three months in the event of a

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