Category: State of the Cities 2016

Mayors Address Energy, Environmental Issues with Greater Substance

This year’s State of the Cities analysis reflects a growing gap between leading cities and the rest of the country on issues related to energy, environment, and climate change. The last year has been monumental for anyone following environment and energy policy. A global climate change agreement was reached with a one point five degree

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Mayors: Data & Technology Critical to City Leadership

The use of data to drive decision-making in cities is continuing to grow, and the myriad uses for these data are being further incorporated into city operations. Data and technology are critical components of highly functioning cities. Mayors recognize this, and seek to elevate related issues – from broadband to smart cities to data-driven government

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Mayors Celebrate Diversity, Need to Address Inequities

NLC’s 2016 State of the Cities analysis found that mayors care about the need to create environments that promote equity, especially in diverse neighborhoods, and that multiple mayors set benchmark goals for diversity within their own workforces. Beginning September 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history of the Latino community in the United States. Latinos

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Mayors Continue Emphasis on Public Safety, New Approaches Emerging

This year’s National League of Cities analysis of State of the City speeches reaffirms that while mayors across the country continue to see public safety as a top issue, they’re employing new tactics and approaching the entire arena from a different perspective. Alongside other core priorities for city government such as infrastructure and economic development,

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Mayors Aren’t Just Talking About Housing and Homelessness – They’re Doing Something About It

For the third straight year, mayors have identified housing as a fundamental challenge facing their communities, according to our 2016 State of the Cities report. Nearly a decade since the housing and financial crisis, one of the cruel ironies continuing to grip many cities is the lack of affordable housing – even as they continue

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Mayors Link Education, Workforce Training to Economic Development

As our 2016 State of the Cities report shows, mayors across the country are becoming increasingly aware of the link between a strong local economy and investment in programs that help residents build workforce skills. Economic development and thriving communities are a top priority for mayors across the nation. As seen in the National League

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Mayors Nationwide Are Focused on Improving the Health and Vitality of Cities

“The cost to business, the healthcare industry, and our communities makes fitness not only a personal and humanitarian issue, but also an economic imperative.” The National League of Cities’ State of the Cities 2016 Report found that mayors across the country from cities of all sizes are taking action to ensure that residents have the

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Mayors Say America’s Infrastructure Needs an Upgrade

In addition to facing the deteriorating state of America’s existing infrastructure, city leaders are faced with the added complexity of investing in new, smarter infrastructure that can support and augment a 21st century economy. The Challenge The United States’ infrastructure is in deplorable condition. Several factors — including a significant decline in federal investment, less

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State of the City Speeches Reveal Push for Inclusive Economic Development

This year’s National League of Cities analysis of State of the City speeches reaffirms that mayors are optimistic about the growth of their local economies, and also that cities are developing economic development agendas to ensure this prosperity is widespread. It makes sense that mayors are feeling positive about the state of their cities. Municipal

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