Category: Education

Are “Soft Skills” Critical to the Future of Work?

This article is part of an NLC series on the future of work in America’s cities. Among other technological advances and societal shifts, automation and artificial intelligence are impacting the workforce — vastly improving productivity and raising wages in some jobs while erasing or transforming others entirely. These new forces are also impacting the skillsets that are

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“Tweeting for an Hour” to Discuss Postsecondary and Workforce Success

Click here to watch the livestream of National Briefing and click here to watch Mayoral Addresses from the six cities who participated in our Kresge-funded work.  Over the last two years, with generous support from the Kresge Foundation and in partnership with LinkedIn, six cities – Austin, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; Corpus Christi, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville,

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‘Space to Grow’ Celebrates National Infrastructure Week

This is a guest post by Allison Fore, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Last week, leaders from across America convened in Washington for Infrastructure Week 2018, which focuses on the impact of infrastructure on the economy and society and how to make improvements for the 21st century. Cities across

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To Improve Infrastructure, Washington Experts Turn to Workforce Development

This week in Washington, policymakers, industry experts and city leaders have gathered to tell Congress and the Administration a crucial message: We must rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late. But that doesn’t just mean finding the necessary funds to fix physical infrastructure. Investing in America’s infrastructure future also means focusing on the workforce that

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In Mooresville, North Carolina, High-Speed Internet Drives Success in Schools

This week, as part of Infrastructure Week 2018, we’re celebrating innovative approaches to funding and building infrastructure — while calling on Congress to rebuild with us and invest in a modern nationwide system. While America’s major metropolitan cities have taken center stage in cultural debates, the nation’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy

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NLC Hosts Convening in Philadelphia to Explore Youth Reengagement Strategies

Christina Grant, Assistant Superintendent of the Opportunity/Innovation Network at the School District of Philadelphia, leads a discussion group at the Sixth Annual Reengagement Plus! Convening in Philadelphia last month. (Photo credit: Indira Jimenez) Last month, the National League of Cities partnered with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the National Youth Employment Coalition, and the School District

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Eleven Cities Join Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative

Regular access to nature brings multiple benefits to children, including improved mental and physical health and increased opportunities for social and emotional learning. With these benefits in mind, Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN), a joint initiative of the National League of Cities and Children & Nature Network, welcomes 11 new cities to mobilize municipal

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5 Ways to Boost Financial Security for Families in Your City

This is the final blog in a four-part series that highlights recommendations from NLC’s task force report “Keeping the American Dream Live: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.” Almost half of families in the United States do not have enough savings to support themselves for even three months in the event of a

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The Future of Work is Bright: Six Cities Meet in Austin to Discuss Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success

In so many cities that are now seeing the benefits of the nation’s sustained economic growth since 2009, it feels like the local economy and labor market are changing at lightning speed.  In the midst of these rapid changes, new questions abound: What is the future of work? How can city leaders help their communities

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The NLC Road Trip In Partnership With LinkedIn: Houston Gives Young People Opportunity to ‘Earn and Learn’

As a strong and vibrant community, the city of Houston, Texas, has a lot to celebrate. In just one year, Mayor Sylvester Tuner and the City of Houston in partnership with the Houston Independent School District and the Greater Houston Partnership have scaled their summer jobs program from 450 employment opportunities to over 5,000. The

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