Category: State of the Cities 2014

Cities Focus on Talent, Quality of Life to Grow Local Economies

Instead of focusing singularly on business attraction or workforce development, mayors across the country are taking a more holistic lens to economic development. People wandering around shops and restaurants in downtown Denver. Getty Images. In his State of the City speech earlier this year, Mayor Greg Fischer from Louisville shared his mantra for economic development:

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Cities Succeed Where Feds Have Fallen Short on Transportation

Cities across the country are taking a holistic, long-term approach to developing their transportation systems. “One big pothole.” This is how former Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has frequently described the state of America’s transportation infrastructure. If you’ve been out at all on the highways, railways or other transit systems that comprise our nation’s

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With So Much at Stake, Mayors Look to Lead on Education

Mayors and community leaders alike recognize that a high quality education system spurs economic development, reduces crime and lifts families out of poverty. NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. has made education a priority. Photo credit: chriscoleman.org. Over the last decade, educators and stakeholders in cities across the country have been engaged

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Cities Make Sustainability the New Business-as-Usual

Mayors from cities large and small increasingly recognize that the business of local government cannot be separated from environmental issues. Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City (pictured), dedicated over 80% of his State of the City address to environmental issues. In June 2013, President Obama released the first federal Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions

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How Local Government Hiring Addresses Growing Wage Gap

Public sector employment has consequences for the quality of economic recovery since the majority of local government jobs are mid-wage. Getty Images It’s no secret that although national employment is on the upswing, the type of job growth we’re experiencing is troublesome. Low-wage jobs are growing more quickly than high-wage jobs, with mid-wage jobs trailing

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