Category: economic opportunity

How To Support Working Parents to Open Cities During COVID-19

Parents across the country need support more than ever before as they balance caring for children and ensuring the financial stability of their families. Soaring unemployment and restricted operation of non-essential businesses has created unprecedented insecurity for families. Schools and childcare facilities remain closed in many parts of the country, adding to the burden for

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Five Big Questions on City Leaders’ Minds as Their Economies Reopen

As city officials weigh the risks and rewards of reopening their local economies, they face a series of intertwined economic, public health, and public relations dilemmas. How can they maximally reduce the risk of infection in places of business? How do they know if the risk of infection in a given sector or region of their city becomes too high for it to remain open? And how do they

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Five Ways Local Governments are Supporting Small Businesses During COVID-19

There is no historical parallel for the economic collapse the coronavirus is inflicting on economies around the globe. In just 3 weeks, 16 million Americans have joined the rolls of the unemployed, representing more than half the jobs created after the 2008 Great Recession. The impact of the outbreak on small businesses is particularly acute.

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Austin’s Strategy to Bring Back Middle-Skill Jobs

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: In a city where the unofficial

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Help Your Residents Get the Tax Credits They Deserve

The National League of Cities (NLC) would like to help your city celebrate the annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day on January 31. City leaders can take advantage of this opportunity to ensure their qualified residents receive the highest tax credits possible with NLC’s updated EITC in Cities toolkit. With these sample social

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How Tax Season Pays off for Both Dayton, Ohio and Its Residents

The importance of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) cannot be understated when it comes to poor and/or urban communities that sometimes find themselves to be financially challenged. The EITC is a refundable tax credit for working individuals and families who earns $54,000 or less a year. Tax season is always challenging whether you make $1

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The Friday Night Lights of Invention Competitions

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: “What can you build with $2,500

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How Pittsburgh Built Equity

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: Over the last two decades, Pittsburgh

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How Boston Helped Residents Get Bigger Tax Returns

Cities must be at the forefront of providing financial empowerment and tax equity strategies that include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and credit building at tax time. Using information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to educate low and moderate-income taxpayers on the benefits of filing their tax returns while maximizing tax time for credit

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How Akron Made Space for Entrepreneurs

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: In the beginning of the 20th

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