Category: Infrastructure

Rethinking Sidewalks and Streets in the Midst of COVID-19

Adjusting During COVID-19 With millions of Americans now working from home right now, roads have shifted from being a means to get to and from work to spaces for residents to exercise and get to the grocery store. In the long list of changes caused by COVID-19, how residents move around their cities and towns

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City Transportation Changes as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

As city leaders across the country are working to ensure that residents are practicing physical distancing, they are also trying to balance a difficult task: ensuring that transportation options remain open for those who need them, while safeguarding transportation systems from spreading the virus. NLC talked with city leaders and transportation providers to get a

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How to Identify Your Community’s Essential Workers in Local Quarantine Orders

The Department of Homeland Security will continue to release updated guidance on “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” for cities and states to use – please refer to their website for the latest. As cities and counties work to encourage social distancing and flatten the transmission curve during COVID-19, we are equally invested in ensuring that our critical infrastructure and public health

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Top Moments from Congressional City Conference 2020

This week local officials, partners, and municipal staff traveled to our nation’s capital for the 55th annual Congressional City Conference (CCC). America’s largest legislative conference for local leaders saw important policy discussions, engaging general session speakers, collaborative networking opportunities, and a spotlight on the power of cities, towns and villages.  Here are our top moments:  Two Presidential Candidates Commit to Leading Together 

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Moving America Forward on Infrastructure in 2020 

This week the very first infrastructure forum for 2020 Presidential candidates was hosted by NLC’s friend and partner, United for Infrastructure, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer all stepped onto the stage to share their perspective and plans on how to tackle our worst infrastructure challenges while they also balance investing in new future infrastructure that’s perhaps electric and more connected than ever before. No candidate also made it

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What Congress Learned from West Wendover

This week, I had the opportunity to represent my city, West Wendover, Nevada, before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. As the Mayor of West Wendover and President of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, I was asked to share the Nevadan experience, opportunities and challenges around

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Senators Propose Using Satellite Auction Funds on Broadband Infrastructure

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), along with Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have introduced legislation to spend part of the anticipated revenues from auctions of the spectrum currently used by satellite companies. The spectrum, known as the C-band, is expected to be reallocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide airwaves for

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House Releases Infrastructure Framework to Rebuild with Communities

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Yesterday, the House leadership in Congress announced a new “Moving Forward” framework for a $760 billion infrastructure bill. The plan, over the next five years, would rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, railways, airports, ports, inland waterways, wastewater and drinking water systems, brownfields, and broadband. The National League of Cities has been calling on

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What Cities Should Know About the Micromobility Landscape

Four years ago, scooters were the mobility mode of choice for the under-10 crowd. With brightly colored wheels and a back-pedal brake, it was easy to see why. Today, all across the country, professionals in suits can be seen whizzing down bike lanes on electric scooters and bikes. The rise of micromobility was swift and

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Cities’ Transportation Efforts Ramp Up for 2020

The last federal transportation bill, the Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2016, will expire in September of 2020. It brought cities year over year increases in federal transportation block grant funding, and now, a brand new transportation bill must be stitched together by Congress. Cities need this new legislation to set the course

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