Category: Infrastructure

What Cities Can Unpack from the House Infrastructure Proposal

Since the president released his infrastructure proposal this spring, city leaders across America have called on Congress to follow up with a proposal of their own. On July 23, Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, released a discussion bill on a transportation and water resources infrastructure investment package.

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How the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Could Shape Cities’ Digital Future

Last week in Washington, DC, the thirty members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee gathered at the Federal Communications Commission to develop and agree to debate new model state and local laws for broadband deployment. The group comprised one elected official and five total representatives of state or local governments — along with a wide range

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Cities Go Digital

“Today, that critical connection to the wider world isn’t just physical. It’s digital.” – Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky, in his 2018 State of the City speech. In this day and age, mayors are utilizing technological developments to create more innovative and engaging municipal services for their residents. From “online city halls” to an

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Assessing the Future of Our Work

Throughout history, the rise of new technologies has drastically changed the nature of work — both as a cause of and a response to massive historical shifts. Cities feel these shifts most acutely, serving as the places where these rapid movements are found, focused, and filtered into broader society. In our new report, Assessing the Future of

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Improving Water Supply and Aging Infrastructure in Atlanta

This summer, as Congress works to advance targeted infrastructure bills like the Water Resources Development Act, cities across the country are continuing to call on Washington to build on these efforts and to commit to rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure in partnership with the nation’s local elected officials. During Infrastructure Week in May, city leaders took

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Small Cities Use Fiber Infrastructure to Decrease Digital Divide

Throughout June, NLC is celebrating America’s forward-thinking small cities and towns with #SmallCitiesMonth. This is a guest post by Lisa Gonzalez, senior telecommunications researcher at The Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Significant segments of Americans still struggle to obtain some form of broadband Internet access and even more don’t have a choice of high-quality Internet service.

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Empowering Change in Atlanta

Picture this: overgrown fields lush with green grass and weeds after three weeks of rain; a crumbling concrete gate lined with barbed wire and barricades; abandoned office buildings with blacked out windows. Dozens of red-bricked houses built in a style that reads more 1800 than 2020. This is Fort McPherson, a former military base in

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How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape Cities

Today in America, autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already on our streets, with pilots taking place in cities nationwide. Technology like this can be utilized to make all of our lives better — but even if our hands are off the wheel, we must drive this future together. That’s why NLC and the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative

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The State of America’s Cities in 2018

Each year, mayors across the nation detail their vision for their city’s future in a seminal address — their state of the city speech. These speeches have taken on new significance as mayors emerge as focal points in the intergovernmental context. While many state and federal partners are mired in political gridlock or actively disinvesting

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Financing the New Water Infrastructure

This is a guest post by Cynthia Koehler, executive director of the WaterNow Alliance. When it comes to addressing the nation’s water infrastructure crisis, cities and towns are ground zero. They account for 80% or more of spending on drinking water, stormwater and wastewater nationwide, as federal and state support for these vital public services have

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