Category: Innovation

Internet Sales Tax Challenge Could Face Supreme Court

Following a predictable loss before the South Dakota Supreme Court, the state of South Dakota is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax is constitutional. Doing so will require the U.S. Supreme Court to take the unusual step of overruling precedent. In Quill Corp.

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10 Tips for Understanding Grants

Applying for a grant—be it federal, state or private—can be a difficult, time consuming process. NLC Grant Access will streamline the process. As an NLC member, you have an entire database dedicated to helping your municipality fund crucial initiatives. Find a grant that fits your city’s next venture, like: building a library, investing in public infrastructure

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What Is the Future of Work in Cities?

From the agrarian societies of the 19th century to the modern digital workforce, the nature of our work and economy has always changed over time. These forces of change converge in cities, which act as epicenters of bold experimentation as well as unease about the future. Our newest video explores what might be ahead: While fear about technology’s potential to take away

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30 Great Ideas from America’s Small Cities

Happy Independence Day! At the National League of Cities (NLC), we’re proud to represent all 16,000 of America’s cities, towns, villages, hamlets and communities. It’s our belief that every city matters and deserves to have a voice — regardless of size, location, or history. That’s why throughout June we’ve celebrated Small Cities Month, highlighting our

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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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