Solar Energy Shines its Way into the Mainstream

News Flash! The more electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar, the less need there is to “build big new power plants and transmission lines.” Yes, that’s exactly the point of why this country should invest in solar technologies, and why many consumers already have invested in solar panels for their homes and businesses.

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Shutdown Means A Road Less Traveled for Furloughed Workers

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day with no resolution in sight, cities are already starting to feel the impacts on transportation infrastructure. If Congress cannot come to an agreement quickly, city residents will be increasingly affected by the loss of federal transportation dollars, and the lack of federal personnel on the

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Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance: Why Are Cities Involved?

With all of the attention on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some people may not know that millions of children and families are currently eligible for but not enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Although there are provisions in the ACA that will subsidize the purchase of private health insurance coverage

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HUD Secretary Donovan: “Communities are assets to be built on”

Recently in Atlanta, federal, state, and local officials joined advocates and local practitioners to discuss solutions to housing issues facing communities across the country. During the event, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan spoke about the Administration’s recognition that housing is one of the primary pillars needed to help grow the middle class.

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Government Shutdown Puts America’s Waterways in Jeopardy

It’s now day two of the federal government shutdown, and many city leaders and residents are still wondering what the impact will be on their communities. Certainly, the shuttering of national parks throughout the country as well as the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo here in Washington, DC (not to mention the Panda Cam!)

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Congress: Take a Page from Cities and Lead

This post was written by Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. This government shutdown is appalling. First, we hoped it wouldn’t happen and that Congress would arrive at a common sense solution at the last minute. Now, we simply hope it won’t last too long. This is government by manufactured crisis,

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Climate Change Doesn’t Recognize City Boundaries

Drive just thirty miles west of Pinecrest, Florida – a beautiful, cozy village neighboring Miami – and you are engulfed in a dramatically different landscape.  You look around, taking in the dense, semi-tropical air and the mysteriousness of a river that slowly meanders  through the saw grass, a river home to alligators and crocodiles, water

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Show and Tell: Cities Share Best Practices at the Big Ideas for Small Business Summit

City government should be a partner, not an obstacle, when it comes to small business development and retention in our communities. This is the major theme that emerged from the first-ever Big Ideas for Small Business Summit held in Chicago recently and co-hosted by NLC and the City of Chicago’s Innovation Delivery Team. The Big

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TIGER Grants Help Clean up the “Mercer Mess” in Seattle

This is the first in a series of blogs that will explore the impact TIGER grants have on local communities by helping them better leverage financing options, meet transportation safety goals, and increase overall quality of life by introducing alternative modes of transportation. The Mercer Corridor has been one of the City of Seattle’s most

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