Category: Infrastructure

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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Is Your City Ready to BUILD Like a TIGER This Summer?

This week, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) held its first of several webinars on the rebranded Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants — which have been rebranded as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants (BUILD) grants. These grants have been exceedingly popular with cities in the past to fund innovative and multimodal projects

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During Infrastructure Week, City Leaders Press Congress to Invest and Rebuild

In meetings on Capitol Hill, city leaders came together during Infrastructure Week 2018 to highlight the current state of America’s infrastructure and tell Congress that we need a federal partner to invest in infrastructure with cities. On Tuesday, May 15, NLC First Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson and HD Committee Chair Gil Ziffer paved the way on

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