Category: Leadership

Cities Apply Lessons from Veteran Homelessness to Help Senior Veterans

Last month at the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, NLC joined with Purple Heart Homes, the Housing Assistance Council, and The Home Depot Foundation to discuss the housing needs of senior veterans. As cities respond to changing age demographics among the entire population, lessons from the progress on

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Opioid Addiction Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not a Crime Wave

This is a guest post by Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City. It was originally published on NBC News Think. Last year, roughly 64,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States — the largest annual increase in drug-related deaths ever recorded in our history. Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for

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What City Leaders Have to Say About Diversity

This is a guest post by Janelle Watson, NLC’s Senior Associate for Constituency Group Programs. The National League of Cities celebrates the growing diversity of America’s cities and towns. That’s why NLC and its Constituency Groups created the City Cultural Diversity Awards: to recognize the communities across the country that are creating inclusive environments for of

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Strategies for Recruiting a 21st Century Workforce

This is a guest post by Steve Vermette, vice president of brokerage at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. Budget cutbacks, an aging workforce nearing retirement and the need for a deeper pool of talent are creating a perfect storm for governments looking to recruit skilled workers — and keep them long term. Public sector employers are

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Announcing Our 2017 Equitable Economic Development Fellowship Cities

For NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship Program, June 5-8 were very special dates. After a year providing extensive technical assistance to the inaugural cohort cities of Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, the EED Program team introduced the new cohort: Austin, Baltimore, Louisville, Nashville, Phoenix and Sacramento. The EED Fellowship provides one year

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Seizing the Moment to Lead on Climate

This is a guest post by Daniel Barry, Director of ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities Program. It originally appeared on ecoAmerica.org.  Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When it comes to planning and action around climate change, though, we need to flip his advice: If

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Why a Regional Bid May Land HQ2

Proposals to capture one of the most coveted economic development deals in history — Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2 — are due. While some cities (here and here) have not been swayed to join the hunt, there are no doubt hundreds of submissions, and nearly the same amount of speculation about which one of these

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What Should City Leaders Do About Healthcare?

This is the second piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country. Find the first installment here. The National League of Cities (NLC) was recently back on the road — this time to discuss healthcare. Williamsburg, Virginia, home to

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Moving Forward on Charlottesville

This is a guest post by Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy of Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s been a tough month for the city of Charlottesville. As Vice Mayor, as the only African American on the city council and as a person, I know that it will take Charlottesville — and the rest of the country — time

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In Washington, NLC Leaders Represent City Priorities

For Washington, DC, August is a quiet month. With Congress in recess and the President typically on vacation, the federal government has a chance to hear from constituents and work on long-term plans and issues. For NLC’s Federal Advocacy Committees, however, that pause in the action is golden opportunity. This week, over three dozen city

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