Category: workforce

Great Workforce Development Means Giving Children a Strong Start

Ask any local elected leader about their top priorities and they will likely tell you about workforce development and quality jobs that help workers provide for their families. While early childhood education may not be the next thing you immediately think of, there are several important connections between the role of early childhood and a

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Cities Can Help Parents Realize Stable Employment

The National League of Cities (NLC) has embarked on a new effort to identify and support cities committed to improving financial stability for families by connecting parents to employment and skill advancement opportunities. This effort aims to help cities improve the economic well-being of families and communities by addressing the specific barriers that parents face

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During Infrastructure Week, City Leaders Press Congress to Invest and Rebuild

In meetings on Capitol Hill, city leaders came together during Infrastructure Week 2018 to highlight the current state of America’s infrastructure and tell Congress that we need a federal partner to invest in infrastructure with cities. On Tuesday, May 15, NLC First Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson and HD Committee Chair Gil Ziffer paved the way on

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To Improve Infrastructure, Washington Experts Turn to Workforce Development

This week in Washington, policymakers, industry experts and city leaders have gathered to tell Congress and the Administration a crucial message: We must rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late. But that doesn’t just mean finding the necessary funds to fix physical infrastructure. Investing in America’s infrastructure future also means focusing on the workforce that

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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Starts with the Workforce

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities, adapted from remarks delivered for Infrastructure Week. This week in Washington, D.C., — and in cities and towns across the nation — policymakers, the business community and everyday citizens are coming together to recognize Infrastructure Week

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Three New Briefs Show City Afterschool, Summer Investments Improve Workforce Development, College and Career Readiness

In three just-released briefs, NLC outlines how city leaders can leverage afterschool and summer learning programs as strategies to improve public safety, workforce development, and college and career readiness in their communities. Municipal leaders can use these briefs as valuable messaging tools to make the case to their state and local policymaker peers for afterschool

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Could Higher Productivity Growth Lead to More Affordable Housing?

America’s cities have a problem: There isn’t enough affordably priced housing to go around. Today, city leaders and home-seekers alike are frequently left wondering why builders won’t simply build more housing that is affordable to a wider range of incomes, particularly middle- and lower- income households. For starters, the math doesn’t work. Private developers face

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The Future of Work is Bright: Six Cities Meet in Austin to Discuss Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success

In so many cities that are now seeing the benefits of the nation’s sustained economic growth since 2009, it feels like the local economy and labor market are changing at lightning speed.  In the midst of these rapid changes, new questions abound: What is the future of work? How can city leaders help their communities

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5 Workforce Strategies to Increase Economic Opportunity

This post is the first installment in NLC’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity Blog Series. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to help your residents gain a solid financial footing. The National League of Cities’ (NLC) recent report offers a road map to help you achieve that commitment. Keeping the American Dream

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In Hartford, Connecticut, a Breakthrough for Early Childhood Educators

The City of Hartford, Connecticut, is taking the lead in supporting its early childhood workforce by partnering with the local workforce development board to determine the needs of early childhood educators. While many cities across the nation have made great strides in expanding their early childhood services and programs, there has been less focus on

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