Category: Leadership

City Leaders Take on Silicon Valley

Autonomous vehicles. On-demand everything. Gig jobs. Big data. Tech innovations are shaping life in cities — impacting how we commute to work and school, altering the way we respond to climate change, and shaping the job opportunities that are available now and in the decades to come. In much of the country, shifts in how

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What Trump’s State of the Union Will Mean for Cities

Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. In a wide-ranging speech, he presented a vision heavy on bipartisanship and economic prosperity — but light on policy details. For city leaders, the night did little to illuminate upcoming priorities or tactics. With the administration moving into high gear on several

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What Smart Communities Can Learn From the Flu

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. As you, my reader, might know from previous blog entries, I’m a geographer and, as such, I tend to think of most difficulties as geography problems. Well, I’m here to tell you that the flu is no exception. It too is

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What City Leaders Had To Say In 2017

In 2017, local leadership took center stage in the American political arena. Whatever the issue — climate, immigration, foreign affairs, public safety, law — mayors and city councilmembers emerged as a clear voice of reason in an unsteady time. Throughout the year, we’ve proudly worked to elevate the voices of city leaders on CitiesSpeak, bringing

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Our Eight Most Popular Articles of 2017

In January 2017, America’s cities faced a precarious moment. After several years of runaway growth in downtowns and neighborhoods, major cities were at their most wealthy, safe, and vibrant point in decades. Meanwhile, mid-sized cities and small towns continued to struggle with growing challenges — and a divisive 2016 campaign season had laid those inequalities

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Supreme Court Will Again Consider Partisan Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court has accepted a second partisan gerrymandering case to be decided this term. The first case, Gill v. Whitford, may be more relevant to local governments as it involves state legislative redistricting; Benisek v. Lamone involves Congressional redistricting. Beyond the specifics though both cases raise the same question: whether and when partisan gerrymandering is

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State of the Cities: Leading the Way in Racial Equity Through Speech And Action

NLC’s 2017 State of the Cities analysis reveals how much mayors are using their public platforms to call attention to the issues of inequities based on race and ethnicity facing their cities. The Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative at NLC supports local elected officials to build a foundation on this first step to create

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Putting A Face on The Opioid Epidemic

This is a guest post from Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. At City Summit 2017 in Charlotte, N.C., the National League of Cities presented Esri, a leader in geographic information systems (GIS), with a Service to Cities Award for their work on “mapping the opioid epidemic.” Early in my career, I learned

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How To Apply For the City Cultural Diversity Awards

The National League of Cities recognizes and celebrates the growing diversity of America’s communities and believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of all cities and towns across the nation. As a result, the National League of Cities, in partnership with the National Black Caucus Local Elected Leaders (NBC-LEO), established the City Cultural Diversity

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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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