Category: equity

Lessons in Leadership From Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, mid-April means bright sunshine and hot afternoons. This year, it also means recovery. We met Amelia on a tour through Utuado, a mid-sized city located in the central mountainous region of the island. Standing in her sister’s backyard, surrounded by fallen debris and an overturned chicken coup, she held a machete in

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In West Louisville, Kentucky, Investing in Equity and Inclusion

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Theresa Zawacki is the Senior Policy Advisor of Louisville Forward and member of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship team. Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development. The agency combines business attraction, expansion and retention activities and talent and

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How Three Cities Are Addressing Minority Health Disparities

Ever year in April, National Minority Health Month highlights the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations — and the ways in which legislation, policy and programs can help advance health equity. While health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, minorities still experience a disproportionate

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Fifty Years After MLK, Cities Must Confront Racial Equity Through Policy

Today, we remember the defining figure of the Civil Rights Era, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, leaders and communities across the country are taking the opportunity to reflect on our nation’s history, the progress we’ve made, and how much work we have yet to do. From Ferguson

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Could Higher Productivity Growth Lead to More Affordable Housing?

America’s cities have a problem: There isn’t enough affordably priced housing to go around. Today, city leaders and home-seekers alike are frequently left wondering why builders won’t simply build more housing that is affordable to a wider range of incomes, particularly middle- and lower- income households. For starters, the math doesn’t work. Private developers face

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How Six Cities Promote Diversity and Inclusion for Residents

Around the country, cities large and small are finding innovative ways to weave together every strand of their community, so that every resident has a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity.

Lonely in Pennsylvania: Why More Women Should Run

Across the country, women knit together the fabric of our communities. As residents, business entrepreneur and, of course, as local officials, women lead by action and example. At the National League of Cities, we’re proud of the women who have answered the call of service and taken office. NLC celebrates them this month by sharing their

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Can Reconciling Slavery’s Legacy Shape Richmond’s Future?

Among city leaders and economic development professionals, it has become conventional wisdom that history can be a neighborhood’s greatest asset. Historic buildings, businesses, streets and public spaces offer the opportunity to tell the stories of a place’s unique identity — and done right, it can provide fuel for authentic revitalization, compete for private capital, public

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Why Women Must Lead Together

Across the country, women knit together the fabric of our communities. As residents, business entrepreneur and, of course, as local officials, women lead by action and example. At the National League of Cities, we’re proud of the women who have answered the call of service and taken office. NLC celebrates them this month by sharing their

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5 Local Housing Affordability Strategies that Work

This post is the third in a four-part series on NLC’s task force report “Keeping the American Dream Alive: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.” It’s a well-known truth that cities and towns across the U.S. are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. The effects are particularly acute for residents living in urban neighborhoods, many of which

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