Category: Economic Mobility

Expanding Childcare to Promote Economic Development and Housing

Fort Collins, Colorado entered the Cities of Opportunity pilot cohort, an initiative to work in a comprehensive way to improve health and equity, with the intention to focus on housing. The city’s team evolved to focus instead on childcare availability—exemplifying the Cities of Opportunity approach to meet cities where they are. The Fort Collins team

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How Lincoln, Nebraska Weathered the Great Recession

In advance of our annual City Fiscal Conditions report release eventin Washington, D.C. on October 28, this blog takes a look at how Lincoln, Nebraska weathered the recession. This information and more is explored in depth in this story map. Ten years after the Great Recession, some cities have rebounded, others have not. Amid decelerating

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5 Low-Budget Strategies to Help Small Communities Boost their Economies

Photo: Attendees at Vermont League of Cities & Towns discuss small community economic development strategies. When most communities pursue economic development, local leaders often think of creating a burst of economic opportunity from large employers that can quickly increase employment for residents while at the same time increasing revenue into the municipality’s coffers. However, this

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Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Residents Save for College

The rising cost of education and the impact student loan debt has on youth and families can stunt a person’s buying power significantly over time. Financial insecurity delays the purchasing of homes and pushes more parents to take on their children’s education debt—increasing their own financial instability further. But local leaders can help residents within

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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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