Category: Leadership

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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Celebrating Women in Local Government

20.4 percent. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, that’s how many women mayors lead in cities with populations of 100,000 and above. Here’s another statistic: in U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 and above, the percentage of women mayors grows slightly to 20.8. And in America’s top 100 largest cities — you

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Federal Court Rejects Obama-Era Overtime Rule

Last week, a federal district judge in Texas invalidated a key Obama-era overtime regulation that would have made it more likely states and local governments would have had to pay more employees overtime. Per the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), executive, administrative, and professional “white collar” employees do not have to be paid overtime if

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Public and Private Sectors Mobilize for Hurricane Relief

This week, the catastrophic flooding and winds of Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of Americans across Texas and Louisiana. But while the storm’s effects were vast, much of the greatest damage was averted by the swift actions of local leaders, first responders, heroic citizens and outside organizations. As the floodwaters recede and the rebuilding begins, NLC’s partners

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The Elected Official’s Easy Guide to Facebook

This is a guest post by Facebook Outreach Associate Eva Guidarini. Across the country, citizens turn to social media to find, follow and connect with their elected officials. At the same time, local government officials use the internet to reach and engage with citizens. Providing a platform that enables direct interactions between governments and citizens

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Great Opportunity: NLC Board of Directors and Leadership Positions — Applications Now Open

Leadership makes a difference, and city leaders know that better than anyone. The impact that municipal officials have on their residents — the policies they implement, the decisions they make — will have consequences for the next generations and for the future of their community. Similarly, the impact that city leaders can have on the

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Decatur Mayor Wins NLCU Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the Michael H.T. Lynch Scholarship is awarded to one NLC member to attend the NLC University Leadership Summit. We are thrilled to congratulate to the 2017 recipient, Mayor Patricia Garrett of Decatur, Georgia. Mayor Garrett was selected from a competitive group of essays and applications submitted by leaders from across the country. Prior

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How One City is Offering Children of All Abilities the Chance to Play

The NLC Service Line Warranty Program is proud to work with and showcase cities who show dedication to inclusive values. The City of Orem has partnered with the NLC Service Line Warranty Program to offer homeowners optional warranties for their water and sewer service lines since 2016. The All-Together playground in Orem, UT is Utah County’s

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What Crossing the Mexican Border Taught Me About Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Councilmember Fabian Bedne of Nashville, Tennessee. When I first came to Nashville, I found a city that was welcoming, kind, and full of potential.

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