Category: economic opportunity

In Wisconsin, Urban and Rural Go Hand in Hand

This post is part of a series about reducing the divide between urban and rural communities. In Wisconsin, rural and urban go together like ham and cheddar, Harleys and leather, and bicycle rides on winding country roads. Our state, home to America’s 31st largest city, is also speckled with 601 cities and villages that have a

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How Memphis Helps Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses Thrive

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. In 2016 and 2017, as part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship’s inaugural class, I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Strickland and the city of Memphis. NLC has been fortunate enough to continue collaborating with the mayor ever since, and

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Perspectives on the Urban-Rural Divide

This is the first post in a series about reducing the divide between urban and rural communities. The facts are stark. Economic change and recovery in our nation have resulted in vastly different opportunities and outcomes for individuals and families based on where they live. An urban-rural divide narrative is solidifying around these trends. It’s

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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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Three Ways to Build a Best Practices Toolkit

Whether you’re a newly elected official or an experienced hand, learning from fellow city leaders and building a best a practices toolkit is part of the job. And at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) 2018 Summer Conference, best practices are the name of the game. Hosted in Hollywood, Florida, this July

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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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The Future of Work for Communities Across America

This article is part of an NLC series on the future of work in America’s cities. Work defines so much of what and who people are. Since the very beginning of cities, some version of work has defined our days, our conceptions of time and our sense of self. The consistency of our relationship with

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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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With Universal Basic Income, Stockton Reimagines Economic Development

This is a guest post by David Zipper, resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund. A couple months ago I spent several days in Stockton, a city that may have received more positive press in the last year than it did in the previous several decades. The bulk of that coverage has revolved around the

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Three Ways Atlanta is Building Green, Equitable Redevelopment

Economic development, land use and public infrastructure—across the country, cities contend with these three challenges daily. In many ways, the City of Atlanta is no different. In her first State of the City speech, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “We are committed to bringing Atlanta together, so that every person and every community is empowered

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