Category: economic opportunity

Lessons from Cities of Opportunity Pilot Initiative Drive Launch of New Technical Assistance RFP

The following presents brief highlights of the work of twelve cities in the Cities of Opportunity pilot. Based on what’s learned from these cities, NLC is launching recruitment for a new cohort and invite cities to apply. Click here to access the RFP. Cities of Opportunity are places where all residents can reach their full

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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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Why Cities Should Support Paid Parental Leave

The United States is the only industrialized nation without a formal policy that guarantees workers paid time off when they become new parents. To support healthy families and strengthen the economy, cities should consider implementing paid parental leave policies. Although the Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees eligible workers up to twelve weeks of unpaid

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What Mayors Can Do to Grow Young Businesses in Their Communities

Can a conference jumpstart a national movement of city officials supporting local entrepreneurs? It can if national support is connected to local commitments to action. Last month at the Mayor’s Conference for Entrepreneurship, 65 mayors committed to specific policies, programs, and practices that will provide support and resources to those in their communities starting a

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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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Why Legacy Cities Matter for America’s Future

The neighborhood where I grew up, and where I still live today, has seen it all. Settled by German and Irish immigrants in the early 1800s, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood in Cleveland’s lower West side soon became a hub for people drawn to jobs created by the bustling factories sprouting along the Erie Canal. As canals

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Three New Cities Commit to Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda

Fort Worth, Texas; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Atlanta joined the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Cities Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda initiative. Launched In 2018 by the NLC Institute for Youth Education and Families (YEF), the project offers city leaders guidance and support to establish and strengthen prenatal to age 3 strategies

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Help Your Gig Workers File Their Taxes Right

The sharing economy, also commonly referred to as collaborative consumption, the collaborative economy, the gig economy or the peer-to-peer economy, has been a growing phenomenon in the United States job market. This relatively new trend is made up of contractors and freelancers, who are independent from the company that they work for. This line of

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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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