Category: Economic Mobility

America’s Fastest Growing Cities Are Becoming More Diverse, But Face Rising Inequity

Ninety-eight percent of growth in the hundred largest cities since 2000 was from growth in minority populations. A Brookings Institution analysis of the 2011- 2015 American Community Survey found that despite this increased diversity in cities, racial segregation has only moderately declined. Dominantly white neighborhoods in cities were 79 percent white in 2000 and 72

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Reversing the Residual Effects of Redlining

A process beginning in the 1930s, redlining describes how banks and government agencies discriminated by race in determinations for federally-backed mortgages. At the March Congressional City Conference, local leaders used redlining maps of Baltimore and Muskegon, Mich. to examine the intersection between racial equity and affordable housing. “Housing is a key priority for NLC and

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Help Your Residents Get the Tax Returns They Deserve

Roughly 20 percent of eligible taxpayers don’t claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when they file their yearly taxes. That means many of your residents are leaving money on the table at tax time – money they can use to stabilize their family budgets and boost the local economy. The National League of

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Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2018

From small cell preemption to Amazon’s HQ search and downtown development, here are CitiesSpeak’s top posts from 2018. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Legal Challenges to Third Travel Ban In considering Trump’s controversial immigration policy, the Supreme Court will focus on four key legal issues. What City Leaders Should Know about South Dakota v. Wayfair

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Cities’ VITA Programs Help Put Tax Refunds in Residents Pockets

Families in your community, like most in the country, work hard just to make ends meet. For many, the money that they receive after filing their taxes is the largest single infusion of cash into their family budget. In 2017, 27 million qualified workers and families received over $65 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit

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DHS Public Charge Proposed Rulemaking Threatens Economic Vitality of Cities

On Thursday, November 29, the National League of Cities submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) notice of proposed rulemaking to expand the definition of a “public charge.” NLC has been active on the public charge issue for many years, including engaging with other state and local government organizations on the impact

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What’s a First Tier Suburb, Anyway?

This is a guest post by Councilmember John Holman of Auburn, Washington. There is a good likelihood that you are an elected official from a first tier suburb. An older, less-used term is ring suburb. Simply put, if your city is influenced by a large, urban, metropolitan area, chances are you are one of us.

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Working Together to Strengthen Our Cities

This is a guest post by Tim Sloan, CEO and president, Wells Fargo & Company Wells Fargo is pleased to partner with cities around the U.S. to improve the communities where we all live and work. We’ve been doing it for generations, and it’s a part of our company culture that makes me most proud! I

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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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