Category: Leadership

From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum

City leaders and the private sector must collaborate for our cities to succeed. NLC’s Capstone Leaders Forum brought together public- and private-sector thought leaders to discuss issues ranging from addressing the workforce skills gap to the importance of data. For local leaders, making their communities economically successful is often at the top of their to-do

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The State of America’s Cities in 2017, According to Mayors

While the national outlook in America has changed drastically in just a short period of time, one thing has remained constant: mayors are focused on achieving real results for their communities by lifting up their constituents in spirit and increasing their opportunities for success. Each year, mayors across the country deliver State of the City

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One Former Mayor Explains How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address

Former Mayor Mike Nelson reveals how city leaders can make policy problems relevant to their constituents and shares four concrete guidelines local officials can use when preparing a public speech on just about any topic. During the ten years I served as mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, I learned a lot about using a public

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Infrastructure, Equity and Leadership: Takeaways From the Inaugural City Council Presidents Convening

“We created this convening because we wanted to inspire each other,” said NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “Looking around the room, I’m confident that we did.” Melissa Mark-Vivitero, speaker of the New York City Council, opened up the inaugural City Council Presidents, Speakers and Chairpersons convening in New York City on April 28 with

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Why You Should Attend the NLC University Leadership Summit

NLC University convenes elected officials, municipal leaders, city staff and industry professionals annually at the NLC University Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit provides attendees an opportunity to recognize and reflect with peers and strengthen the profile of their cities, towns and villages. This year, NLC University heads to San Diego, California, October 2-5, to present on

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Councilmember Jermaine Reed Testifies on Unfunded Mandates in Washington

On Wednesday, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member and Kansas City, Missouri, Councilmember Jermaine Reed testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs. Appearing on behalf of NLC, Reed described how unfunded mandates place burdens on local governments and communities. In his testimony, Councilmember Reed provided

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How Law Enforcement and the Faith Community Can Work Together for Cities

This is a guest post by Jack Calhoun. Throughout American history, the faith community has played a seminal role in setting our nation’s value base, informing fundamental constitutional beliefs, providing basic services — especially in the medical and educational arenas — and leading seismic social changes including the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and the

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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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Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Hensley won the unanimous support of the city council when they recently created the document as part of a larger strategy to connect children to nature. This is a guest post by Steven Adler and Sara Hensley. This post is part of a series

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Five Ways to Fight the Cuts From Your Own City

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don’t let Congress leave America’s cities behind — join us this week and next as we #FightTheCuts proposed in the administration’s budget. This post is part of a series

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