Category: Innovation

Can Tech and Government Get Along?

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As Tim Woodbury explains, government can take a lesson out of Silicon Valley’s playbook. This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury. It

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Equity and Economic Development Must Go Hand in Hand

Traditional approaches don’t always work. Cities need to be intentional about targeting their economic development programs at the people and communities that are increasingly distant from the growth sectors of their local and regional economies. This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone. It was first published in the 25th

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Why City Leaders Should Attend the Smart Cities NYC ’17 Conference

With partners such as Vice Media and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, the Smart Cities NYC ’17 conference will convene thought leaders from around the world to advance ideas about innovation, infrastructure and inclusion, with a focus on technology for social good, sustainability, resilience and equity. This is a guest

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City Leaders – Here’s Why the Better Buildings Summit Should Be on Your Calendar

More than 900 participants at the Department of Energy’s 2017 Better Buildings Summit will share proven approaches to cutting energy use in their buildings over the next 10 years. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting the Better Buildings Summit May 15–17 in Washington, D.C. The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where

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Racing to Be First: How Autonomous Vehicles Will Affect Our Communities

A new National League of Cities report addresses the most pressing questions that local officials might have concerning self-driving vehicles. The full version of this post can be found on Route Fifty.  The race towards fully autonomous vehicles has shifted into overdrive. In the past year, major partnerships and acquisitions between tech firms and traditional

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How One Park District in Illinois Is Making Smarter Parks

In many cities, one of the most popular services utilized by the community is open space, including parks and playgrounds. Unfortunately, park use is also one of the hardest things for cities to measure. This is a guest post by Bobbi Nance and Edward Krafcik. This post is the first in a series celebrating National

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Charlotte

We meet one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows, Holly Eskridge of Charlotte, North Carolina, and discuss her experience in the EED program, Charlotte’s equitable economic development priorities, stakeholder engagement and challenges. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. The participants in NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED)

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Cities Should Be the Focus of Federalism

Cities accelerate the spread of ideas and drive our national economy – but they are constrained in their ability to realize their full potential for their residents and for the nation. In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of federalism and why it matters to cities. Part two focused on

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Cross-sector Collaboration is a Critical Tool for City Leaders

The Intersector Project’s Neil Britto offers a number of resources to help local officials cope with declining budgets, a changing public-private partnership arena, and the inadequacy of a single-sector approach to problem solving. This is a guest post by Neil Britto of the Intersector Project. While cross-sector collaboration isn’t new, city leaders across the country

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