Category: Leadership

This International Day of the Girl, City Leaders Should Think Globally and Act Locally

This is guest post by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. From climate change to gun control to issues of equity and access, cities around the world have a great responsibility and an even greater opportunity — we have the structures and resources to think globally while acting, and impacting, locally. Today, on the International Day

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Labor Day Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain, and the Embodiment of Respect

As summer winds to its unofficial close and we take a moment to celebrate the social and economic achievements of U.S. workers, it’s remarkably appropriate that we’re simultaneously celebrating the labor and legacy of two American icons. One, the Queen of Soul and the voice of a generation. The other, a war hero and dedicated

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We’re Committed to Data and Evidence

At NLC, we hear you loud and clear. For city leaders, using data matters more than ever. You could even say we have the data to back it up: According to this year’s State of the Cities report, a fast-growing set of city leaders are focusing on government data and technology in their state of

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Preparing for the Future of Work

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities. Since January, the National League of Cities has been looking at work in cities in a whole new way. We’ve been conducting new research, highlighting promising practices, engaging new partners, and publishing new resources. Our focus

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What Justice Kennedy Meant to Cities

As of July 30, the last day of this year’s historic Supreme Court session, Justice Anthony Kennedy is retired. For states and local governments, he will be forever remembered — not least as the justice who championed allowing online sales tax collection. In March 2015, Justice Kennedy wrote that the “legal system should find an

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How Local Leaders Can Build Momentum on Climate Solutions

In America, most local leaders don’t run for city council, county commissioner, or mayor solely to solve climate change. But its challenges are now present in our communities — along with opportunities to solve them. Despite lingering disagreement about the causes of climate change, its impacts have reached cities and towns across America. That is

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How One Small City Celebrates LGBT Pride Month Year-Round

While America’s major metropolitan cities often take center stage in national issues, the country’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own. This month, we’re highlighting small cities looking to the future as part of Small Cities Month 2018. Throughout June, cities around the country have hosted marches, ceremonies and celebrations

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Federal Court Rules “Sanctuary Cities” Statute is Unconstitutional

As of Tuesday, states and local governments who have sued the Trump administration over immigration policy — including the so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” executive order, the adding of conditions to receive Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG), and the requirement of  documentation to prove they comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 — had won all their

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Cake Maker Wins Same-Sex Marriage Cake Case in Narrow Opinion

In America, many local governments have public accommodations provisions that include sexual orientation and may enforce them as they see fit. But following Monday’s Supreme Court decision, they may want to start taking religious objections even more seriously. In a 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission the Supreme Court reversed a ruling

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5 Reasons Why Cities Should Hire Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

This is a guest post by Shannon Kendrick, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Peace Corps. South Sioux City, Nebraska. Nashville, Tennessee. Chicago. Los Angeles. What do each of these cities have in common? As Employers of National Service, each recognizes the value that volunteers bring to the workplace — once they’ve returned

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